Shopping for jeans is inarguably the worst. Jeans are a staple in most closets—the workhorse item in a wardrobe—and yet the act of searching through thousands of cuts and washes to find the pair that fits your singular body shape and sense of style can often feel like a maddening and expensive scavenger hunt. Luckily for me, this year my best friend decided to do the heavy lifting and went on a mission to find the perfect pair of jeans for her (and thankfully also my) body type. These were the criteria: the jeans had to be straight leg and high-waisted, hit at the right length for a short girl, and fit over one’s hips/thighs while not gapping at the waist. And the winner? The godsend? The pants that made my co-worker stop me while I was walking to the bathroom? Madewell’s Petite Curvy Perfect Vintage jeans.