To Hem or Not To Hem (Your Jeans)
How to make long, baggy jeans flattering. And some general tailoring tips.
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As with everything fashion, the jean shapes that feel “current” are constantly changing. And the kids today are wearing their jeans so long and baggy that there is not much hope for the rest of us to stay “on trend,” lest we start dragging our hems on dirty streets and lose all direction of what’s “flattering”. That said, I generally like to evolve my style with the times (or at least experiment as to know what definitely is or is NOT my style) so I’ve been trying to figure this out.
It’s meant trying some new jean styles and hemming to new lengths. I made a couple mistakes along the way, and figured out what generally works when going longer.
Today we are going to navigate the ever evolving world of jean lengths, focusing on the long straight leg that is au courant. AND talk about hemming our jeans in general (to whatever length you like). How to choose a length, what to tell the tailor and when to just take a scissors to them.
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