How to Get a Perfect Hem

One pant length does not fit all your trousers. Stick to these rules to get a perfect hem for every style and every pair of pants in your wardrobe.

One hem doesn't work on every pair of pants. If you tell a tailor to make your jeans the same length as your pleated trousers, you could wind up looking like Pee-wee Herman. Follow these guidelines for hem adjustments, and regardless of what you're having shortened, be sure to bring the appropriate shoes and let your pants sit where they're comfortable—tailors tend to hike all trousers up to the waist, even if you like to wear them on your hips.
The Straight Hem
The proper hem for flat-front trousers is straight—not a cuff. The bottom of your pants should stop an inch above the sole of your shoe, which creates a small break (a fold in the crease in the front of the pants) at the ankle.
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