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 Crop
A short hem, one that exposes about an inch of ankle, works on just about any narrow-cut pants—flat-front or pleated, wool or cotton. A cuff is optional, but if you opt for one, it should be wider than the standard inch and half, but no more than two and a quarter inches (thatís high-water territory).
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