Insomniac Sale Picks: Petite Work-appropriate Slacks

*In this new late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Danielle requested a few picks for petite work-appropriate pants, so here we go:

J.Crew Petite café capri in wool – was $118, now $89.99
PLUS an additional 30% off with code WINTER

These low-rise wool capris are ideal for very petite petites, with a skinny leg and 24″ inseam. They’re also a great bet for anyone looking for classy, office-ready slacks in interesting colors. This navy, a bright coral, and a rich raspberry are all on sale, with six other mouth-watering shades for sale at full price. In sizes petite 00 through 12.

Gap Perfect Trouser Pants – was $59.95, now $53.96

So um … it seems like lots of vendors consider a 30″ inseam to be petite. I mean LOTS. So I’m including these despite the fact that 30″ seems a bit long for a petite inseam, since they’re a gorgeous color, fabulous cut, and made from a rich, double cotton weave. (100% cotton!) These pants sit at the waist, are straight through the hip and thigh, and feature a flared leg opening. In petite 00 through 14.

Woolrich Holly Hills Corduroy Jeans – was $59, now $39

Danielle is specifically looking for petite cords for herself, and this pin wale, straight leg pair is a great bet. They’re not quite as formal as the other two highlighted pairs, but still feature clean, unfussy styling and will fit into most relaxed office environments just fine. They come in this russet red, brown, black, forest green, and khaki. Available in sizes 4 petite to 18 petite, with a 29″ inseam (per Woolrich site).

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for petite work-appropriate pants:

  1. Talbots – Everything from trousers and wide legs to skinnies and jeans in petite and ankle lengths.
  2. Ann Taylor – A longstanding favorite for stylish petites, this vendor has dozens of styles, prints, and fits for petites.
  3. Macy’s – I’m impressed by the selection at this department store: Flowy wide legs, tailored ponte, and everything in between. Lots of basic, classic slacks in a variety of colors and materials. Check individual petite listings for inseam info.

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  • KL

    I’m around “average’ for petites at 5’2.5″ and wear a 28.5″ inseam with flats (29″ for skinnies), but I have the darndest time finding bootcut jeans off the rack that I can wear with flats. They’re all–you guessed it–30” inseams, which works only with a low heel.

    • Sal

      Yeesh. I’m sorry to hear that. And I bet that hemming bootcuts eliminates some of the flare and throws of the proportions!

    • danielle

      have you tried delia*s? they offer jeans in 26″ and 28″ inseams (actually, they offer a really wide range of inseams, good for both the very short and the very tall!)

  • KJS

    Not all petites are short! I’m 5’5″ but regular sized pants are too long in the hip and baggy in the crotch. I need at least a 30″ inseam which is hard to find in petites. Would be nice if petite sizes came in a variety of lengths.

    • Sal

      Oh, Kathy, nearly ALL the pants I looked at from mall stores – Ann Taylor, LOFT, BR, Gap, many from Macy’s – were 30″ inseams.

  • Jen

    Depends on the petite person. I’m 5’0″ but have disproportionately long arms and legs and a short torso (thanks, mom!). Anything shorter than a 29″ inseam, on me, looks like the too-short pants in your hem length post and even those are cutting it close with heels. I no longer buy washable pants (jeans, cords, chinos) that have less than a 30″ inseam, as I learned the hard way that wash-related shrinkage makes them unwearable. Ideally, a 28″ would be offered along with the 30″. Both are needed since for someone like me, the rise in regular pants is too long but the 28″ don’t have enough hem to let down. I also wish I could get petite tops and coats/jackets in a longer arm length. My coats have sleeves that are just barely long enough, and I gave up trying to buy tops in the petites department a long time ago, even though the torsos fit so much more nicely.

    Perhaps I should take a leaf out of your book, Sal, and wear more skirts. Those usually fit.

    • Connie

      This! I am an inch taller than you, but the same long legged, short torso-ed, can’t buy 29″ cotton pants problem.

      When I am cheeping out, I try JC Penney. They have some things that are Women’s Short (not petite) that are 30″. One of Nordstrom’s house brands I’ve found works well, too. Halogen.

      Really, though, I just want to have everything tailored like Land’s End will do for some pants.

      Good pants are hard to find!

  • Stacy

    Old Navy also offers corduroy pants appropriate for work, in petite, regular and long lengths. If I recall correctly, they came in about five colors. I have the navy that I wear all the time. They wash well and don’t stretch/bag out too much after a day of wear.