This '70s Jeans Trend Is Controversial for Short Women, But I'm Trying It

As someone who's just shy of 5'3", finding denim can be challenging. And when you throw the latest trends in the mix, it becomes a process of trial and error. Today, I'll be covering the trend of flared denim, something I've seen a lot of controversy around among fashion people. Some swear by the '70s-inspired style as their go-to silhouette, and some say they wouldn't be caught in a pair. I'm always up for a little fashion challenge, and while I originally thought I couldn't pull off flared denim as a petite woman, I proved myself wrong.

As an expert shopper, I know my way around denim brands and what works for my height. There's a select number of brands I rely on, and I've taken note of inseams that work for me and ones that don't. If you're on the petite side and are looking to try out the flare trend for your denim, look no further. Below, I've rounded up the best flared jeans on the market for shorter women and even added an extra selection of petite-friendly jeans I'm loving right now.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.