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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.

WHERE TO FIND WHITE DENIM THIS SUMMER

WHERE TO FIND WHITE DENIM THIS SUMMER

 

One of my readers recently reached out about where to buy white jeans that actually fit and are not see through. Since I’ve had decent luck finding regular denim, I didn’t think my search would be too difficult. However, I was in for a surprise. Over the last two weeks, I went to store after store and tried brand after brand; and almost always encountered my classic pear problem - jeans that fit my thighs and rear, but were too big in the waist! (Sizing down never helps because then the thigh/rear area is too tight and uncomfortable.) 

After comparing the measurements of all the styles I tried on, I noticed that jeans with a waist measurement of 30’’ or 31’’ were often the styles that were too big in the waist. (However, keep in mind though that the actual “cut” or “fit” of the jean is also a factor in whether or not they will fit you. So I'm only relying on one data point when I say this.) On average I noticed these waist measurements (30’’ or 31’’ ) were reoccurring theme when I look at the jeans that did not work for me. One thing that was not as much on an issue for me denim shopping this time was length. It seems that more and more brands are making ankle length jeans, which in petite world are regular length jeans for us.

While it was definitely a struggle to find white jeans that fit me - I promise that not all hope is lost. In this post, I’m sharing the white denim styles I recommend and which ones I’d stay away from. Also to make my product reviews easier to read, I’m introducing a scale that highlights the key attributes of each style so you can quickly know if it will work for you. So keep scrolling for all of your white denim needs.

 

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)

 

RECOMMENDED STYLES 


Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Jean - Size 6

What I loved…

  • Comfortable fit - Overall these jeans were nice and stretchy! They fit my thigh/rear areas well.

  • Length - These jeans are definitely petite friendly even though they are not explicitly for petites.

  • Affordable - If you’re looking for low investment white jeans, I think these are a solid option.

What could be better…

  • Slight waist gap - Honestly, there was still a slight waist gap for me wearing these jeans, but it was more minimal then other styles I tried on from different brands.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29’’

Front rise = 9.5’’

Back rise = 14.25’’

Inseam = 27.25’’

 

Verdict: Buy!

 

Levi’s 710 Super Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Not too see through - One of the tricky parts about buying white skinny jeans is sometimes they are too see through, but the fabric was thick enough that I didn’t feel like it was an issue with this style.

  • Nice fit - I liked the way these jeans fit my curves. They are similar to the 721’s but they are a mid-rise jean versus a high-rise jean.

What could be better…

  • Slight waist gap - Similar to the Old Navy Rockstar jeans, these had a slight waist gap in the back. However, wearing belt with these is an easy fix.

  • A little long - These jeans were a little longer than I normally prefer, however it wasn’t a deal breaker.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29’’

Front Rise = 8.5’’

Back Rise = 12’’

Inseam = 29.5’’


 

Verdict: Buy!

 

NYDJ Skinny Ankle Jean - Size 6

What I loved…

  • Nice length - While the jeans are not made specifically for petites, I found the length was just right. I’m glad more companies are making ankle length jeans because they generally have an inseam length between 26’’ and 28’’ which is ideal for petite women.

  • Curve friendly cut - The NYDJ brand is known for making fit a priority in their designs. If you are on the curvier side, these jeans are not too tight or restrictive.

What could be better…

  • Slight waist gap - Similar to the other jeans I mentioned above, these NYDJ jeans also had a slight gap in the back since the waist was too big (Waist = 30’’). Wearing a belt is an acceptable fix here.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 9’’

Back Rise = 14’’

Inseam = 26’’

 

Verdict: Buy!

 

Seven for All Mankind Josefina High Waist Boyfriend Jeans - Size 27

What I loved…

  • High waisted - You guys know I love a good high-waisted jean!

  • Comfortable fit - Usually a shy away from high end jean brands because I’ve generally found them not be curve friendly. When I tried on these jeans, they were actually comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised!

What could be better…

  • Petite sizing please - While these jeans were not too long on me since they are more of a cropped length; I wish they also came in a petite size because they are destructed. The ripped knee on the one side of the jeans falls slightly below my knee. It's not hugely noticeable or a major deal breaker, but it’s worth noting.

  • Slight waist gap - Similar to the other styles I tried on, there was inevitably a small waist gap in back. However, I fell wearing a belt with this pair of jeans is an acceptable fix.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 5

Price: $$$$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29’’

Front rise 10.75’’

Back rise = 14’’

Inseam = 24.75’’

 

Verdict: Buy!

 

Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans - Size 29

What I loved…

  • Curve friendly fit - Time and time again, I find that many of Levi’s fits are some of the most curve friendly out there.

  • Not too long - Even though these are not a petite size, the inseam length works well for petite women.

  • Not too see through - Appreciated the fabric was thicker on these jeans because they did not feel uncomfortably see through like some other options that I tried on.

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist - I need to caveat this comment because I was wearing a size up from my normal size (28) in this picture. Ultimately, I think going down a size to a 28 would easily solve the waist gap issue. The only reason I tried on a size 29 was because it was the only one available at Macy’s.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 31’’

Front Rise = 9.5’’

Back Rise = 14.5’’

Inseam = 26.25’’

 

Verdict: Buy! 

 

Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans - Size 29

What I loved…

  • Super high waisted - These jeans as you can see in the picture came up to my belly button. For the most part they fit well around my waist, there was only a little gapping in the back.

  • Petite friendly length - Similar to other styles I tried on these were not a petite size, but the length was just right.

  • Comfortable - I was terrified to try these jeans on based on the name alone! I thought they would be way too tight, but I was surprised how comfortable they are.

What could have been better…

  • Bunching around knees - These jeans bunched up a little bit around the backs of my knees, but overall I still liked them despite this.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29’’

Front rise = 11’'

Back rise = 14.25’'

Inseam = 27.25’’

 

Verdict: Buy!

 

STYLES TO STAY AWAY FROM


 

American Eagle Next Level Jegging - Size 6 Regular

What I loved…

  • Overall fit was nice - These jeggings were super comfy and fit my curves well, but the downsides of these jeans outweighed the pros.

What could be better…

  • Too tight - These kind of gave me a camel toe! (Lol...so embarrassing!)

  • Too see through - Since these are jeggings, the material is a little thin. They were too see-through for my liking.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 4

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 29’’

Front rise = 8.75’’

Back rise = 13.5’’

Inseam = 28.25’’

 

Verdict: Don’t buy

 

Uniqlo High Rise Cigarette Jeans - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Cut nicely - These jeans fit my curves well, but I ran into my classic pear problem with these jeans.

  • Good length for petites - Luckily more brands are starting to make ankle length jeans so these were not too long for me. Also if they were too long, it wouldn’t have been a problem because Uniqlo offers free and affordable hemming options in their stores.

What could have been better…

  • Major waist gap - I was so hopeful about these jeans when I tried them on, but I quickly found that they were definitely not cut for someone with a pear-shaped body :(

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 1

Price: $

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 10.25’’

Inseam = 28

Back rise = 14.25

 

Verdict: Don’t buy

 

Uniqlo Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What could have been better…

  • Too long - Would definitely need to get these hemmed!

  • Major waist gap - Same deal as the High Rise Cigarette Jeans above. There was a waist gap so big I don’t think a belt would cut it.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 2

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 1

Price: $

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 10’’

Back rise = 13.25’’

Inseam = 32’’

 

Verdict: Don't buy

 

Frame Le Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Length - These are very petite friendly!

What could have been better…

  • Too tight - These jeans definitely fall in the category of things I never need to put on my body again. They were way too tight and I felt like I would have bust a seam if I sat down. Going up a size might have helped, but not enough.

  • See through - One reason it was not worth to try sizing up was because these jeans were a little bit see through.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 1

Waist Gap: 5

Price: $$$$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 28’’

Front rise = 8.75’’

Back rise = 13’’

Inseam = 27’’

 

Verdict: Don’t buy

 

Old Navy Power Jean - Size 6

What I loved…

  • Curve friendly fit - Overall, I felt that the fit of these jeans was curve friendly. There weren’t any places where it felt too tight.

  • Length - Inseam length was ideal for petites even though it was not specifically made for petites.

What could have been better…

  • Large waist gap - Similar to the Uniqlo styles, these jeans had a large waist gap in the back. They were kind of past the point where a belt would help.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 2

Price: $$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 31’’

Front rise = 10.5’’

Back rise = 14’’

Inseam = 26.5’’

 

Verdict: Don’t buy

 

Levi’s 711 Stretch Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What I loved…

  • Petite friendly length - Again similar to the 311s and 710s, these are a nice length for petites.

What could have been better…

  • Too tight - When I tried these jeans on I was optimistic about the fit because generally Levi’s styles work well for me. However, I found this style was too snug.

  • Lower rise than what I typically wear - I think another reason I was not a big fan of these jeans was because they are a mid-rise jean.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30.5’’

Front Rise = 8.5’’

Back Rise = 12.5’’

Inseam = 26.25’’

 

Verdict: Don't buy

 

Madewell The Perfect Summer White Jean - Size 27

What could have been better…

  • Cut - Since I had some success with straight leg/mom jeans in the past, I thought these would be a good fit. However, I was not a fan of these at all.

  • Too Big - The sizing seemed to be really off for these jeans. I ended up going down a size I tried them on because they were so big. Even though I went down a size, they were still too big in the waist.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 1

Waist Gap: 1

Price: $$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 30’’

Front rise = 11.5’’

Back rise = 14.75’’

Inseam = 27’’

 

Verdict: Don’t buy

 

Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans - Size 28

What could have been better…

  • High rise - Generally, high rise jeans fit me very well so I was kind of surprised that these ones did not. They were way too big in the waist.

  • Too form fitting - As you can tell from the picture, these jeans are a little snug. They almost seem more like a jegging and kind of remind me of the American Eagle pair above.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 4

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 1

Price: $$$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist 31’’

Front rise 9.5’’

Back rise 14.25’’

Inseam 27.75’'

 

Verdict: Don’t buy

 

Hudson Nico Ankle Destructed Skinny Jeans - Size 29

What I loved…

  • Length - Overall, the length of these jeans works well for petites.

What could have been better…

  • Too tight - Similar to the Frame jeans, these were fit too snug for my liking. I had to do a little bit of dance taking them on and off.

  • See through - Again like the Frame jeans, I felt like these jeans were a little thin.

 

Denim ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 2

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$$$

 

Garment measurements:

Waist = 28.5’’

Front rise = 8.75’’

Inseam = 27’’

Back rise = 12.5’’

 

Verdict: Don't buy

 
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