A simple guide for hemming women's trousers in popular silhouettes.
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Straight to slightly wide or flared pants should be ½” off the floor. This is so you don’t step on them and there’s a “break” (when the drape has a bend near the hem).
The back of your wide leg pants should be ¼” off the floor. This length will keep them from dragging but will give a modern, clean look. Only a peek of your toe should be showing.
A bootcut looks best between 1/4" - 1/2" from the floor. If you need to hem a lot from bootcuts, consider petite or a diffrent style. Too much hemming may ruin the silhouette.
A cigarette pant length depends on the footwear. With flats and low profile shoes, have the pant end above the ankle bone. With booties and pumps, they can graze the top of the foot.
Skinny pants should end at the top of the ankle, but if they gather or pool a bit it’s okay. Skinny pants look good this length whether you're wearing them with heels or flats.
Just above the top of the foot is a good length. You can also go a bit longer or shorter but don't expose the ankle bone or have the pants "pool" above your shoe.
- Take the shoes you plan to wear with your pants with you to the tailor
- Ankle & straight pants work with both flats & heels; don't expect other styles to.
- Hems change with your body changes. You may need alterations after a year even if you're the same size.
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