Originally Posted by meanpeoplesuck
I currently only have straight legged jeans which are doing me fine, but I wondered if a different cut might be better.
Advice from another 5'8" in height. Surprised so many have mentioned "boot cut" as I think even a "slight" boot cut means gobs of extra material around your feet. My preference is for a tapered style (example would be Levi's 550 in 30" inseam which is nearly perfect fit for me), or otherwise the straight legged jeans you said you have been wearing.
Other ideas and suggestions.
Work with color coordination. Monochrome dressing (blue shirt and blue jeans) helps you look taller, but gets old. Try to pick out clothing in colors, which if not in the same hue (blue and purple) are ones that logically blend together (i.e., blue + yellow = green, orange + blue = brown, etc.). Shirts with complete column of buttons down front elongate body better than pull-over kind. Belts visually cut you in half, so for dress trousers select one in same color (tan with tan, brown on brown, and black for black, gray, and navy blue) making it inconspicuous, and with jeans do whatever you like (no suggestion, I don't like the clunky kind for jeans, found being short and thin
eliminates need to wear belt around blue jeans altogether, and so always opt to go with "no belt"). Finally, shoes get some sturdy hiking boots, chucks, or something similar, wear them when feasible (i.e., probably not in summertime, but definitely through winter time snow) and enjoy on those days the extra height they add to your stature.