If you do have hips, but would like to try a skinny jean: go for black, wear them with heels, and look for a pair with stretch. Chico's have the best fit, and range approx. $48 on sale to $80 regular price. Warning: Do not try on skinny jeans without stretch, this will be depressing and cause you to eat.. thus making the skinny jean even more elusive.
Alternatively you could look for a slim leg, boot cut, or straight leg, such as Levi's, Chaps or Elle from Kohl's on sale $20 to $40. Use those sale coupons! Levi's and Chaps come in short sizes and have a nice variety of washes.
Boyfriend Fit is hot this fall, and comfortable! But if you have short legs like me, wearing them rolled up cuts the leg in half rather than elongating. A lot of boyfriend fit that I tried on had a huge waist. Best fit I found were Chico's, which were distressed, but not ridiculously so. Also, Old Navy boyfreind fit were just right and at $34.50, so was the price!
I will say, this year's fall jeans are much better cut at the waist. There are a lot of mid-rise jeans which sit just below the natural waist, but not so low that your thongs are going to make an appearance in the produce aisle.
Short on cash but craving new jeans? Take a pair of jeans you own that fit well but you are tired of - maybe the wash is out dated. Distress them yourself with a knife, nail file, sand paper, and bleach. See my next post, making your own distressed jeans, for details.