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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.

THE COMPLETE REFORMATION JEANS REVIEW

THE COMPLETE REFORMATION JEANS REVIEW

 

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.) Since this review has been super popular on my website, I decided to transition this review to cover all the main denim styles Reformation carries on a regular basis. Would love to hear your comments below about what styles are working for you guys. 

 

MY MEASUREMENTS


Bust = 33’’

Waist = 27.5’’

Stomach = 31’’

Hip = 38.5’’

Thigh = 22’’

Calf = 12.25’’

Inseam = 27’’

Bicep = 9.5’’

 
 

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.

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’'

Front rise = 11.25''

Inseam = 27.25''

Back rise = 14''

Verdict: Don't buy - shop around. 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’’.

 

Reformation High & Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Fabric - Omg I think these are the softest jeans I have ever worn! Seriously I think that they could double as pajama pants.

  • High-waisted - I love high rise jeans because they generally fit my waist area better than other styles. These jeans fit well in the waist and there was little gapping in back.

What could be better…

  • Attract lint - While they are super soft, they seem to attract lint a little bit. (But that’s by no means a deal breaker for me!)

  • A little long - When I tried these on in the store they only had regular sizes, so they were slightly too long for me. I’d recommend going with a petite size, however they are currently sold out. If you can’t wait then you could buy a regular size and have it hemmed.

 

Verdict: Buy! (You’ll possibly need alterations if you're petite)

 

Reformation Serena High Skinny Jean - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Wash - I really love the wash of these jeans because they are a different take on traditional black denim. They have more of a faded/worn look.

What could be better…

  • Too big in waist - These jeans were insanely big in the waist. If you’re pear shaped, I don’t think wearing a belt will cut it.

  • Too long - Since Reformation is no longer carrying petite sizes in denim, I had to try on regular sizes. On their website, they state that the inseam for this style is 28’’. However, the pair I tried on in the store was a bit longer. If you’re petite, you probably would need to hem because they were a little baggy on me.

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29.5’’

Front rise = 11.5’’

Inseam = 29’’

Back rise = 14.25’’

Verdict: Don't buy - If you’re pear shaped, I don’t recommend.

 

Reformation Jordi Kick Flare Jean - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Wash - Similar to the Serena jeans, I really love the wash of this pair because it’s not your standard black denim.

What could be better…

  • Slightly big in waist - Compared to the Serena jeans, the waist sizing is much better for this style. While the waist was still slightly too big, wearing a belt with them would definitely suffice.

  • A little too long - If you’re petite, these will be full length flares for you rather than cropped. Not a total dealbreaker though, if you’re looking flares.

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 11.5’’

Inseam = 26.5’’

Back rise = 13.75’’

Verdict: Ok, but I’d shop around.

 

Reformation Cynthia High Relaxed Jeans - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Destructed details - I love the rips and destructed details on these jeans. They are a nice alternative to some more overly destructed styles I have in my closet.

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist - I found these jeans a little big in the waist, but you could get away with wearing a belt. They weren’t as bad as the Serena jeans I mentioned above.

  • Too long - Unfortunately, these jeans were too long for this shortie. The rips fell below my knees rather than hitting them directly. If these were an inch shorter they would be perfect. However, this isn’t really something you can correct with alternations due to the destructed details.

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29.5’’

Front rise = 12’’

Inseam = 28.5’’

Back rise = 13.75’’

 

Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

Reformation Melissa High and Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What could have been better…

  • Slightly big overall - I think the sizing for this style runs a little big because they were loose in the waist and thighs.

  • Too long - If you’re petite, I would recommend getting these hemmed because they were a too long. Although these jeans have a ~28 inch inseam, which generally works for me. I think because they aren’t made of very stretchy fabric, they just look baggy.

 

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 11.75’’

Inseam = 28.25’’

Back rise = 14’’

Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around for similar styles.

Recommendations for ordering: For this style, I’d recommend ordering your regular size, plus one size down because I found the sizing fairly generous.

 

Reformation Liza High Straight Leg Jean - Size 28

What I loved…

  • High Waisted - As I mentioned above, I really love high rise jeans because I find them very flattering for my pear-shape.

What could be better…

  • Too tight - FYI - this jean only has 1% Spandex sooooo long story short - so the fabric feels stiffer and more restrictive than true stretch jeans. If you do end up purchasing, you might need to break them in for awhile first. The areas of this jean that felt tightest were in the thighs and knees. 

  • Waist gap  - Unsurprisingly, I had a waist gap when tried these jeans on because they were too big. (Waist = 30’’) You can definitely wear belt though to solve this issue. 

  • Too long - Reformation doesn’t currently offer this style in a petite size so if you’re short they most likely will be too long. (Inseam = 29.875’’). For reference, I generally prefer jeans with a 27’’ or 28’’ inseam. 


 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’ 

Front rise = 11.25’’

Inseam = 29.875’’

Back rise = 14’’


Verdict: Don't buy, shop around.

 

Reformation Stevie Ultra High Straight Leg Jean - Size 28 

What I loved…

  • Super high rise - These jeans are even higher rise than the Liza jeans, which I kinda loved! 

What could be better…

  • Non-stretch - These jeans have NO spandex so they will take some time to break in! Similar to the Liza jeans I shared above, these were too tight in the thigh and knee area. 

  • Waist gap  - The waist was too big on me. (Waist = 30.5’’) I’d recommend wearing a belt if you do purchase! 

  • Too long - No petite size offers in this style either :( 



Garment measurements:

Waist = 30.5’’

Front rise = 12.5’’ 

Inseam = 29.375’’ 

Back rise = 15.25’’


Verdict: Don't buy - shop around.

 

Reformation Riley Jean - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Stretch - Yasss! This pair has 2% Spandex so they are much more comfortable and forgiving than the other pairs I tried on :) 

What could be better…

  • Too big in waist  - Another day, another pair of jeans that’s too big in the waist. Wear a belt ladies!

  • Too long - These ones were way to long for me! (Inseam = 32’’) If you’re debating about buying these and are worried about the length since you’re petite  - I think there’s a way you can make them work. These jeans have a raw hem so you could easily cut off the excess fabric and make them the length you want. However, you will lose some of the flare leg opening & split hem detail.


Garment measurements: 

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 11.25’’

Inseam = 32’’

Back rise = 15’’


Verdict: Buy, but cut hem to reduce length.

 

Reformation Natasha High Relaxed Jean - Size 28 

What I could have been better…

  • Slightly long - These jeans were about an inch too long compared to my ideal inseam length (Inseam = 29’’). If you end up buying, they would only need minor alterations on the hem.  

  • Slightly baggy - While these jeans felt a bit tight in the upper thigh area. They looked a little baggy in the lower thigh and calf area. I don’t think they fit these areas properly. 

  • Slightly big in waist  - These jeans were no exception in the waist gap department, however they weren’t the worse offender out of the styles I tried. (Waist = 29.5’’) 


Garment measurements:

Waist = 29.5’’

Front rise = 12.375’’

Back rise  = 14.75’’ 

Inseam = 29’’


Verdict: Don’t buy shop around. 

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