Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hemming Your Pants
Have you heard the secret to making any outfit look better? Bring it to the tailor. A perfect fit can really transform a look because it will end up working best for you. This is especially true with pants. If you’re petite, you might need to have them shortened. And if you’re tall, you may need to have the hem released so they hit lower on the leg.
But sometimes heading to the tailor can be overwhelming. No one wants to risk a mistake with an expensive new purchase. If you’re not sure what to expert when getting your pants hemmed, we’re here to help. Ahead, find our top tricks for hemming your pants perfectly every time. Grab that pair of straight-leg jeans hanging in the back of your closet and take a trip to the local tailor.
Keep reading for our roundup of tips for hemming pants; then shop our favorite jeans and trousers of the season.
Fortunately, getting your pants hemmed isn't as complicated as, say, getting a skirt repleated, so the cost should be relatively universal and affordable. You can expect to spend around $25 to $35, depending on the type of pants and hem of your choosing. As for finding a tailor, we think Yelp is great for sifting through reviews and locations.
Speaking of different types of hems, it doesn't hurt to familiarize yourself with tailor terminology. When it comes to denim, if you choose to do an original hem (more on that later), they might also call it a "Magic" or "California" hem. Regarding trousers and slacks, straight, cuff, or crop are typically on the menu.
If you're shortening a pair of slacks, consider bringing a pair of heels to the tailor so you can get the length just right. Of course, this poses the annoying issue of What if I want to wear different shoes with these pants? but unfortunately there's no real work-around. Our suggestion: Bring the heel height you plan to wear with the pants most often!
If you're designating a pair of pants as office-only, have the tailor hem them so they fall a half-inch from the ground with heels.
Like we said before, unfortunately your pants length will vary depending on whether you wear flats or heels, so a stylish solution is to opt for the crop. Ladies like Alexa Chung have championed the trend, and thanks to the influx of '70s-inspired runways, cropped pants with a slight kick feel relevant and on trend.
A straight, plain hem is well suited for flat-front trousers, creating a small break above the shoe. A cuffed hem works nicely for pleated slacks, as it can help balance out the shape of the pants.
We think an original hem for jeans is always going to look more authentic, and it usually only costs about $10 more.
This one's for all the ladies out there with a tote bag of clothes lingering in the back of the closet. It's easier and cheaper than you think to get your pants hemmed, and you'll be delighted by how much more often you'll wear your beloved trousers when they fall at a flattering length!
Go on to shop for this season's best pants.
Did you find our tips helpful? Do you get your pants hemmed, or do you do it yourself?
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Kristen Nichols.