Best jeans for petite and curvy women

Buying the right pair of jeans for a curvy and petite woman is no easy task. For someone like me who measures roughly 5' and has curves at all the wrong places, finding a pair of jeans that fits well becomes a chore. Skinny jeans are uncomfortable and straight-cut jeans look played and old-fashioned. After enduring years of jeans-shopping escapades, I have realized that the best jeans for petite and curvy woman is the mid-rise boot cut. The style adds balance and length and looks great on women with average or narrow hips.

Here are five of my favorite picks that meet the style and needs of petite and curvy women.

Petite jeans from New York & Company

New York & Company has an exclusive selection of petite denim to fit women 5' to 5'4" The natural waist sits well and the well-tailored fit flatters petite and curvy figures. The jeans from New York & Company come in sizes 0 to 18 and are available in several washes and dyes. However, these jeans have a minimum inseam of 30". Pair them with wedges or platforms for an elongated effect.

Curvy denim trousers from Ann Taylor

I am in love with the Ann Taylor petite collection, especially this petite curvy denim trouser that is absolutely chic and fashionable. Made from cotton and ploy-ethylene, the denim has a bit of stretch for a stunning feel. It sits below the natural waist and offers a relaxed fit through the hips. Wide belt loops and back flap pockets add sophistication and an elegant touch. The jeans are sold at AnnTaylor.com for a price of $59.99.

Jag Jeans 'Foster' Bootcut Jeans at Nordstrom.com

This fashionable denim from Jag Jeans will enthrall most petite and curvy women. With minimal embellishments, the jeans offer a clean cut and a flattering fit. The five-pocket style is traditional and classic. With an inseam of around 31", the jeans flare to a stylish 18". The bootcut denim comes in petite sizes 2 to 14 and costs $79.

Not Your Daughter's Jeans Petite Jeans at Macy' s.com

The Not Your Daughter is every petite woman's dream denim. Tailored with a curvy woman in mind, the jeans come with a "tummy tuck crisscross stretch effect that flattens your tummy, lifts your buttocks and makes you look and feel one size smaller." With this selection, the real petite woman can forgo the heels and sport the trousers with a pair of casual flats. With an inseam of around 29", the pants are mid-rise and feature a classic five-pocket styling. Available at Macys.com for $98.

Push-Up Control Boot-Cut Jeans by Shape fx®

Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and recommended by several of my petite friends, this pair of jeans tops the list with a built-in power-mesh panty that flattens the tummy, and lifts and shapes the rear. The boot cut is complementing and the length (30" inseam) is comfortable for most petite women. Available in sizes 2 to 18, you can buy the push-up control bootcut jeans from Spiegal.com for $69.

The countless visits to the dressing room to find the right match can be overwhelming. However, with a bit of planning and research, you will find the perfect jeans that complement your figure and style. Avoid embellishments at the back pockets and opt for clean cuts for a streamlined look.