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.




When I saw that Reformation launched their denim line last fall, I got really excited! Especially because they offered petite sizes! (Lol us short girls know how tough it is to find jeans that aren’t too long.) When the line launched, I ordered their Julia High Cigarette Jean. So in short (no pun intended), this review is long overdue :)

I ordered two sizes: 28 and 29. Since this jean is made with non-stretch fabric, I couldn’t even get the size 28 jean on. Therefore, I recommend sizing up if you’re curvy like me. I found the size 29 fit better.

Reformation Julia High Cigarette Jean - Size 29P

What I loved…

  • High Waisted - This is my go-to rise for denim because I find it flattering for my pear-shaped figure. Also generally, I encounter less waist-gapping with high rise denim. (If you’re pear-shaped you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.)
  • Vintage Look - I loved the old-school feel of these jeans. They reminded me of my Levi’s mom jeans that I thrifted last fall.

What could be better…

  • Too tight - One of the problem areas, I often have with jeans is that there’s not enough fabric to adequately cover my bum. As a result they felt really tight in the rear and I was worried that I might bust a seam if I tried to sit down. This fit issue is known as pants being “too tight in the saddle” (Back rise measurement = 14’’). Recently, I learned this from my friend who is a technical designer. She said it’s one of the hardest things to get right when fitting pants. Comparing these jeans to my vintage Levi’s, I find that my Levi’s fit much better in the bum because there’s more room in the saddle (Back rise measurement = 15’’).
  • Non-stretch - Ok so this is not necessarily a true negative for the product, but more an FYI. As I mentioned above, I’d recommend sizing up one size. However, there is a limit to how far you can size up. If I ordered a size 30 for example, it likely would fit better in the rear, but would then be too big in the waist.


Verdict: Returned. As much as I wanted these jeans to fit, they were not comfortable enough for daily wear.


Recommendations for ordering: I would order to your normal size plus one size up. Also since I ordered these jeans last fall, Reformation is no longer offering petite sizing for this particular style. However, don’t lose hope their regular sizes of the Julia High Cigarette Jean can actually work for petites because the inseam length is 28’’ (which is the typical inseam length I like to buy as a 5’ 2’’ lady). If you’re shorter than 5’ 2’’ or have shorter legs relative to your torso, you can also try the cropped version of the Julia High Cigarette Jean, which has an inseam length of 27’’.


Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’'

Front rise = 11.25''

Thigh = 20.5''

Bottom leg opening = 5.88’’

Hip = 40''

Upper hip = 39''

Inseam = 27.25''

Back rise = 14''