I had a moment recently packing for a work trip where I came to the realization that all of the pants I own and wear on a regular basis have either a hole in the knee or a frayed hem. I stared at my closet thinking “what on earth am I going to wear”? After all, this was very important and very fancy ~*~BuSiNeSs MeEtInG~*~ I had to attend with leaders at my company. I stood there staring blankly at my pile of pants, puzzled at the fact that I’ve somehow managed to fall so deeply in love with a trend that I have indeed over committed and now find myself lacking a hem in any of my pants.
But, as a petite little one standing a whopping 5’3” on a good day, I justify the shit out of this style situation I’ve somehow managed to get myself into. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had to find creative ways to let my ankles breathe, because even pants that are sized with a “short” inseam overwhelm my ankles with all sorts of extra fabric. From cuffing my A&F low rise, boot cut jeans in high school to getting fancy with a pair of scissors on my current collection of black skinny pants, I’ve tried all the DIY tricks to fake a longer leg.
Why not just go to the tailor? GREAT QUESTION.
To be honest, at first it was because I was lazy. And then I started to just like the way a raw hem looked better than a perfectly tailored pair. And I’m definitely a booties or sneakers kinda gal, so I’ve always liked the casual, effortless vibe that this undone detail adds to an outfit.
So now that you can’t even walk into a retail store or scroll through your Instagram feed without seeing at least 98% of the denim punctuated with a frayed hem…you’d think I’d react like: “OMG I’M AN OLD PRO!” But oh of course not. Now I’ve begun obsessing over achieving the most PERFECT distressed hem and most recently, I’ve found that my at-home hack job isn’t really cutting it (pun intended).
So, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pairs of undone, unpolished hems. From subtle-y frayed to fringe-tastic…there’s no limits. And because this trend is fashionable AF rn, you better believe I wore my favorite pair of undone hemmed pants to said business meeting and rocked ’em (as well as my presentation #girlbossmoment).
So whip out your scissors or hit up the next Zara sale to accomplish this look yourself. Go wild dressing your new pair up or down and then OWN IT girlfrand.
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Worn by Erin:
Free People Mirrored Frames (old, but these are very similar)
Graphic tee is from Thailand brought back as a gift