The story is the same: When you’re under 5-foot-3, finding pants that don’t require tailoring or rolling is basically an Olympic feat. Whenever I ask (into the ether) about petite sizing, most responses are to “try cropped” or “a good tailor can your best friend,” which is honestly about as helpful as telling me to grow a few inches.
But the most frustrating part of pants-shopping is that not many larger brands offer petite sizing, and ones that do often have a such a small selection that it’s barely worth the time to look. That’s why when I saw a pair of pants while perusing Old Navy that were on-trend, comfortable, and came in a petite inseam, I immediately bought a pair and have been considering getting them in multiple colors ever since.
The Mid-Rise Wide-Leg Utility Chinos pants are the perfect in-between for when you want something a bit more put together than jeans, but don’t feel like putting on trousers. The cropped style means you can wear these with chunky boots in the winter or sandals once it’s remotely plausible to show your toes outside.
If you’re not of petite stature, the regular inseam is available, obviously. They even come in a tall inseam. Or, if you want something a bit more rigid, the Everlane Wide Cropped Pants are your best bet. They fit a myriad of waist sizes and come in a bunch of colors. Madewell also makes similar ones as well if you have a loyalty to the brand.
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