Posted on: November 21, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

Levi’s Black Friday sale just started with 40% off sitewide with free shipping & free returns! I’ve been gravitating back toward this brand in recent years for their iconic vintage style denim and back pocket design. After trying several different styles, the 2 below are the petite-friendly options that I reach for the most. Both of these styles have that classic “old school Levi’s” feel, but also feel current and relevant right now.

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As a heads up, different washes for the same style jean may vary in fit, denim thickness and stretch. I placed a big order to try several different washes, and shared my thoughts below on each one!

Sizing note: I got my usual size 24 waist in all the jeans below, consistent with my Abercrombie denim size. If the jeans feel snug at the waist in the beginning, they usually stretch out a little with wear. Previously I’ve sized up in both of these denim styles, but now prefer the fit of my true size.

1. Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans

Fit: TTS and available in 2 inseam options. These are a slim straight, high rise jean that hit ankle length on me in the shortest 26″ inseam. If you’re new to Levi’s jeans, this one in my opinion is their most versatile style that’s the easiest to pair with all kinds of footwear (flats, sneakers, boots, heels…). Also, one of my favorite features of their “Wedgie” line is how flattering and lifting the cut is from behind. My pancake rear has never looked so shapely in denim!

Levi’s Jeans 24w x 26L (“Space to Think” wash), A&F Sweater xxs (log in to account and use code AFJEAN for extra 15% off), EP Belt xxs, Amazon bodysuit xs

Washes I Liked

Space to Think is a medium wash in a medium/thick fabric weight, with a little more stretch than “Unstoppable Wear.” This one was my favorite looks & comfort wise. Pictured above.

Unstoppable Wear is a slightly darker medium blue, with a more rigid feel. Pictured below.

Levi’s Jeans size 24w x 26L (“Unstoppable” wash), Abercrombie Jacket size xxs (log in and use code AFJEAN for extra 15% off), Sam Edelman Loafers size 5.5 (also here), Cafuné Bag c/o

Here’s how they compare to my other favorite jeans that have a similar slim ankle fit:

Abercrombie ultra high rise ankle. These Levi’s jeans in the 26″ inseam fit similar to my A&F high rise ankle jean in “Short.” The Levi’s have a button fly, more “lift” at the rear, and are made of a thicker weight, more rigid-style denim.

Madewell perfect vintage jeans. The Madewell jeans are more tapered and narrower at the leg opening compared to the Levi’s. I also need to shorten or cut my Madewell perfect vintage jeans, even in Petite sizing.

2. Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans

I discovered these unexpectedly through a friend’s teenage daughter, and they’ve quickly become one of my most-worn denim styles this year!

Fit: TTS and available in 2 inseam options. These feature a super high rise, a relaxed straight cut, and the 27″ inseam length works perfectly on my 5 foot tall frame as a full length jean. As indicated by the style name, the length is intended to be ankle length on taller folks, but it’s just right on me with flats, sneakers or low heels.

Compared to the Wedgie Straight style reviewed above, these have a higher rise, longer length and fit looser from the hips through the legs.

Ribcage jeans size 24W x 27L (“In the Middle-Light”),  Reformation top xs, J.Crew heels 5

Even though the Ribcage straight is popular with a younger crowd, it feels very wearable for me. I also see it a lot on French fashionistas closer to me in age looking chic simply with a classic white tee, a button down shirt, or a pullover sweater.

Washes I Like

In the Middle – Light is more of a light medium, and this one is a Tencel blend making it a little more lightweight and soft than the other washes listed below. See it on me above.

Well Worn is a washed grey in a thicker weight denim. See it on me.

Jazz Pop is a solid medium blue in a thicker weight denim. See it on me.

Dark Indigo is a medium / dark blue in a thicker weight denim. This wash has just a faint touch of fading and is a nice option if you’re looking for a deeper blue color.

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