If you chose to wear regular jeans, avoid cuffing them. Cuffing is a fun fashion that has really been made popular by the boyfriend jean trend, but it does tend to shorten your image.
If you do want to cuff your jeans for this fun style, make sure that the width of the leg is narrow and that roll hits around your calf muscle.
Too low and you sink!
Avoid baggy jeans, too. A more slender, body skimming fit will add length to your leg. And, remember that low sinking back pockets steal length from your leg. Even a pocket that sinks an inch below your bottom will make your legs appear that much shorter.
Check out The Secret to the Best Butt Jeans for more info about pockets.
Also, low rise jeans can make you appear shorter. Especially when paired with a visible belt, the low rise jeans makes your legs look stubby and the belt cuts your body right in half. Remember to look for vertical lines.
Before you have a regular pair of jeans altered, make sure that the fading and distressing of the jean matches up with your figure. There is nothing more awkward looking than a patched knee that appears half-way down the shin!
One last word on making regular jeans work: try working cropped jeans as regular jeans. There has been an increase in the cropped fashion lately. Many cropped skinny jeanswhich are made to end right above the anklecan work as regular jeans for petites. This is a fun way to make regular jeans fit. Just make sure that the proportions work as well.