New in my Wardrobe: Nelle Atelier Jeans – Tailored for Petites!

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Ask any shortie what it’s like to shop for jeans and I’m certain they’ll have a tale of woe to share. Finding jeans straight off the rack? Tell em he’s dreamin’. One way to get around this is to shop for cropped jeans but they’re always in limited supply. Another potential solution is to shop from retailers that offer free hemming, like Uniqlo, but their range can be uninspiring. And of course, a trip to the tailor is always an option but for such a classic and everyday item in your wardrobe, it hardly seems fair to go to the effort every single time. 

Nelle Atelier jeans* (sz 26), Frankie Shop vest (sz S), Bared sandals (featured here), Bellroy bag* (featured here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Arms of Eve earrings*

Some of my favourite pairs of jeans are from Nobody Denim, one of the few Australian brands that tailor to petites. Whenever I’ve been wearing jeans for the past few years, it’s almost always been a pair from the brand. While not all of their styles are hits on my frame, their slim leg jeans are a personal favourite. For the past few years, it’s the only petite-friendly denim brand I’ve known, that is until recently, when Nelle Atelier came onto my radar. Unlike Nobody Denim, Nelle Atelier’s range is exclusively for petite people. The label only launched in recent months and kick started their clothing brand with a small capsule collection of denim – one of the most difficult items of clothing to shop for if you’re vertically challenged. 

Nelle Atelier jeans* (sz 26), Frankie Shop vest (sz S), Bared sandals (featured here), Bellroy bag* (featured here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Arms of Eve earrings*

Nelle Atelier jeans are designed for folks under 5’4, to fit straight off the rack, with no trip to the tailor required. The models on their website are actually petite which seems like an obvious thing to highlight but you’d be surprised at how much petite clothing is modelled by tall people! After conducting some desktop research, the reviews were positive across the board and I was very curious to try out Nelle Atelier jeans for myself. The Nelle Atelier team kindly sent me a couple of pairs to play with and I’ve been road testing the Claire Jean in Sky for a solid few weeks. Now that they’ve clocked up a few wears, I wanted to share my thoughts.

petite woman wearing jeans, vest and sunglasses in blog post sharing review of nelle atelier jeans

Nelle Atelier jeans* (sz 26), Frankie Shop vest (sz S), Bared sandals (featured here), Bellroy bag* (featured here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Arms of Eve earrings*

As to the silhouette of the Claire Jean (which also comes in a darker indigo version), I’ve always wanted to dabble with a relaxed style jean proportionate to my height. The rise and the knee placement is particularly important with slouchier style jeans so the shape of the jean stays true to its silhouette. If they’re not done right, they can very easily overwhelm shorter frames. 

The Claire Jean is designed with a mid-rise and full-length leg. I was completely blown away with the fit when I first tried these on! They’re the perfect full-length on me and the proportions were ideal throughout my entire leg. The fabric is a rigid denim, ideal for a relaxed fit jeans, and as is the case with all premium quality denim, it’s designed to get softer with wear. 

Nelle Atelier jeans* (sz 26), Frankie Shop vest (sz S), Bared sandals (featured here), Bellroy bag* (featured here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Arms of Eve earrings*

I opted for a size 26, and I typically wear a US size 4 in denim (equivalent to AU 8). I’m pear-shaped, so while the sizing notes stated to size down if between sizes, my regular size fit perfectly. 

One feature worthwhile noting is the fact that the jeans come with a classic button fly. While not my preference, I can appreciate why button flies are chosen over zip flies because of their durability. Despite this one bugbear, I’ve found the jeans can be easily styled in both dressy and casual looks, thanks to the classic washes they come in. I’m pretty impressed with their fit and I’m sure you’ll be seeing these in a lot of future looks!

If these have been on your radar, I hope you found my Nelle Atelier review to be helpful!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Check out my daily outfits here!

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