Spring Denim Hem Guide

Denim, it’s my BFF.  Hands down the single most wearable and versatile piece in any wardrobe.

This is an exciting time for denim, fashion girls are going a cut above to make their jeans feel fresh, literally.

It’s not just about incorporating a new silhouette into your rotation, this season it’s time to take your denim game up a notch.  Flared, fitted, or slouchy – this season’s biggest denim trend isn’t about which style of jeans you wear, but how you customize them.

I’m breaking it down this week with a Denim Hem Guide that will allow you- with just a quick measure and cut- to create a hemline that is anything but basic.

Denim Hem Guide

Step-hem jeans are jeans with an asymmetrical hemline and raw edges. The front is cut higher than the back creating a “step” look. This style usually looks better when cut into a cropped length.  Perfect for showing off statement heels!  I have a great tutorial coming up that will walk you through how to DIY a Step-hem in just a couple weeks so stay tuned!

A Raw Hem is so easy and so chic.  No tutorial needed, just take a pair of scissors to your pants and snip off the hems entirely. You’ll get a nice crop, and a nice bit of fray, too.  Keep it above the ankles ladies- like this perfectly cropped pair from TheNomisNiche.  This season its all about cropping to the ankle or higher.

The High-Low hem is just that.  The back is slightly lower than the front.  The drop off is gradual as opposed to a Step Hem where it is evident.  This hemline is great for making your legs look longer and leaner!

Tall girls, this one’s for you. For the most part, DIY-ing denim hems involves cutting at least an inch or more from the bottom of your jeans. And if you’re lucky enough to be long-legged, that might pose a problem. If you’re looking to ADD length to your jeans, use a seam ripper to unroll the hem, which will extend the hem about two inches. Once unrolled, use an iron to straighten it all out. If you are a shorty make sure you buy a short enough inseam to pull this off (at least 2 inches shorter than you want the finished length to be)  This look will give your denim a retro-cool vibe like the pair above from DiverseCityStyle.  It works equally well on wide leg styles, straight leg cuts or bell bottoms!

Fringe Hems are hotter than hot right now.  They are not my personal jam but other bloggers and fashion experts can’t seem to get enough of this Clydesdale Horse-esc finish. This one involves some SERIOUS DIY instruction and Rachel Zoe has a perfect video tutorial to walk you through it.. CLICK HERE to watch.

Which DIY Denim trend will you be rocking this Spring?

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34 Comments

  1. Holy MOLY I didn’t know there were so many different types of hems!! I love the look of the raw hem! great post! I learned a lot 🙂

  2. I’ve never really been into the fringe look but that one really caught my eye. Would you suggest that look for shorties?

  3. Denim is my favorite clothing in any clothes! I wear denim all the time on all events .I am gonna try all of these thank you

  4. I’m having a love-hate relationship with the step hem lol!!! Its probably a better option for us “shorter” gals. I enjoyed the post. Thanks for sharing!

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