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I'm Kristin! A short & curvy girl seeking clothes that fit. Originally from the South, I'm now taking on NYC! My blog is dedicated to providing style and fit guides for petite-pear shaped women.

TOPSHOP PETITE DENIM REVIEW

TOPSHOP PETITE DENIM REVIEW

 

Denim has always been a hard category for me to shop since I have curvy hips relative to my waist. While I’m a huge fan of Topshop because they have a petite section, I’ve always been hesitant to try their denim because their styles always looks so small on the hanger. Recently, I tried on some of their petite and regular denim styles to see if any would work well for my body type. IIf you've been hesitating to take the plunge as well, I'm sharing my thoughts and recommendations on the fits they offer below.


MY DENIM RATING SCALE


Length: 1 to 5 (1 being not petite friendly, 5 being petite friendly)

Fit: 1 to 5  (1 being not curve/pear friendly, 5 being curve/pear friendly)

Waist Gap: 1 to 5 (1 massive waist gap, 5 no waist gap)

Price: $ to $$$$ ($: under $50, $$: $50 to $99, $$$: $100 to $149, $$$$: $150 and up)

 

STYLES THAT WORKED FOR ME


 

Topshop Petite Jamie High Waist Ankle Grazer Jeans - Size 6 Petite

What I loved…

  • High Rise - If you followed my denim series in the Fall, you know by now that I’m a big fan of high rise denim. What I love about high rise styles is that I don’t encounter the dreaded waist gap, which is when a pair of jeans fits your hips & butt, but is too loose around the waist. These jeans hugged me around the waist and didn't slide down.

  • Just the right length - My favorite feature of these jeans was the inseam length because it falls exactly at the ankle. Topshop gets major points for carrying a 28’’ inseam (it's usually tough to find this length in stores)! This is the ideal length for me since I’m 5’ 2’’.

  • Not too tight - My biggest concern when trying on these jeans is that they would would be cut so small (since Topshop sizing tends to run smaller than American brands) that I would feel uncomfortable. Thankfully that was not the case, this style of denim was generous enough for my curves and had a good amount of stretch.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 5

Waist Gap: 5

Price: $$ 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 28’’

Inseam = 28’’

Verdict: Buy!

 
 

Topshop Petite Lucas Low Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans - Size 6 Petite

What I loved…

  • Comfortable fit - Usually it’s challenging for me to find boyfriend denim because it’s either too baggy or not curvy girl friendly. I actually really loved this style because they fit my hips comfortably and weren’t too oversized.

  • Destruction - One feature I like about these jeans is that the knees are ripped, but they don't show that much skin. This makes them a little more wearable in spring when the wether hasn't totally warmed up yet.

 

What could have been better…

  • Waist slightly too big - Since these are low rise jeans, I found that they were a little loose around my waist. This is an issue I frequently run into with low rise denim since I have a pear-shaped body. The jean fit well everywhere else (legs & butt) except for the waist. I would definitely need to wear a belt with these.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$ 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 28’’

Inseam = 28’’

Fit tip: Even though these jeans aren’t currently available in a petite size, you can also buy them in a regular size and order a shorter inseam. Generally when petite lengths are not available, I buy a 30 inch inseam.

Verdict: Buy!

 

Topshop Orson Jeans - Size 28 Waist  x 30 Inseam

What I loved…

  • High rise - This is one of my go to silhouettes because I find high rise jeans often fit me better in the waist. These jeans were slightly loose in the waist, but it wasn’t that noticeable

  • Petite-friendly length - Even though these jeans aren’t a true petite size, I found that they were a nice length for me. Generally when petite lengths are not available, I buy a 30 inch inseam, which is what these jeans are.

What could have been better...

  • Slightly tight around knee/calf area - I found these jeans were slightly tight around my knee and calf area. In the side and back view images, you can see that there are drag lines around my knee.


Denim ratings:

Length: 4

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 28.5’’

Front rise = 11.38’’

Inseam = 24.5’’

Thigh = 21.5’’

Back rise = 14.13’’

Outseam = 35.5’’

Fit tip: Even though these jeans aren’t currently available in a petite size, you can also buy them in a regular size and order a shorter inseam. Generally when petite lengths are not available, I buy a 30 inch inseam.

Verdict: Buy!

 

Topshop Petite Hayden Jeans - Size 28 Petite

What I loved…

  • Nice fit in thigh area - Compared to the Topshop Mom jeans, I found these jeans were more generously cut in the thigh area. They were comfortable and relaxed.

What could have been better...

  • Too big in waist - This wasn’t super surprising to me because I often have this problem that jeans are too big in the waist due to my pear shape. However, I think if you wear a belt with these it will do the trick.

  • No stretch -  Keep in mind that these jeans are 100% cotton so they have no stretch. Overall, I found the fit was more generous than the Mom jeans so they didn’t feel as uncomfortable. However, it all depends on your personal preference.


Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 32’’

Front rise = 10’’

Inseam = 25’’

Thigh = 24’’

Back rise = 13.5’’

Outseam = 34.25’’


Fit tip: Even though these jeans aren’t currently available in a petite size, you can also buy them in a regular size and order a shorter inseam. Generally when petite lengths are not available, I buy a 30 inch inseam.


Verdict: Buy!

 

STYLES THAT DIDN'T WORK FOR ME


 

Topshop Petite Mom Jeans - Size 28 Petite

What I loved…

  • Cute style - I’ve been seeing mom jeans all over Instagram lately and I think they look super cool! Before trying them on I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off, but now I realized that I can. These were definitely a fun style, however I need to find a pair that has some spandex!

What could have been better…

  • Too tight through hips - Although you can't see it in this picture, these jeans were definitely too snug around my hips. I wanted these jeans to work so bad, but I could tell if I ever tried to sit down wearing them then I would definitely bust a seam! Not only were they cut too narrow through the hips for my body type, but they didn’t have any stretch so I knew that would not work well for extended wear.

  • Length - I think Topshop has modified this style recently because the length was much shorter than I remember in the past. These jeans looked like capris on me, which I wasn’t a big fan of. (Inseam measurement = 24’’)

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 5

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 28.5’’

Front rise = 11’’

Back rise = 15.38’’

Inseam = 24’’

Outseam = 34.25’’

Thigh = 23.26’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 
 

Topshop Petite Joni Legging - Size 8 Petite

What I loved…

  • High waisted - As I mentioned above with the Jamie style jeans, high rise styles generally work well for my pear-shaped figure. However, this was probably the only feature I really liked about this style.

 

What could be better…

  • Glorified leggings - These jeans were a little too thin for my taste, they reminded me more of leggings than denim.

  • Too short - I’m not sure if it was just the pair that I tried on in the store, but even though these jeans had a 28’’ inseam they were a little short on me. They sat above my ankles and I would have preferred them to be full length.

Denim ratings:

Length: 3

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$ 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Inseam = 28’’

 

Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

Topshop Petite Leigh Jeans - Size 28 Petite

What I loved…

  • Petite friendly length - These jeans were just the right length.

What could have been better…

  • Super tight - I found that these jeans felt super tight even though they were stretchy! I’d recommend going a size up because they were slightly uncomfortable.


Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 5

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 29’’

Front rise = 9’’

Inseam = 25’’

Thigh = 20.5’’

Back rise = 13.13’’

Outseam = 33.5’’



Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

Topshop New Boyfriend Jeans  - Size 28 Waist  x 30 Inseam

What could have been better…

  • Silhouette - As much as I want boyfriend style jeans to work for my body type, I always struggle to find ones that work for me. Unfortunately, these were no exception to that.

  • Too big in waist - These jeans were way too big in the waist for me. They were past the point where a belt would be helpful.



Denim ratings:

Length: 3

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 32’’

Front rise = 12.25’’

Back rise = 15’’

Thigh = 24’’

Inseam 27.5’’

Outseam = 38.75’’


Fit tip: Even though these jeans aren’t currently available in a petite size, you can also buy them in a regular size and order a shorter inseam. Generally when petite lengths are not available, I buy a 30 inch inseam.

Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

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