Monday, July 27, 2009

Men's Style Monday: The Perfect Jeans Hem

I am constantly fielding questions from men about jeans fit, length and hem. In response, here are a few pointers about shopping for the perfect fit and alteration:
  • When choosing jeans, don't worry excessively about their length. It is much more important to make sure the jeans fit well around the thigh and rear.
  • If the jeans have any stretch (look at the tag for 1-2% elastic), it's okay to purchase them a bit tighter than you would feel comfortable wearing, since they will stretch out.
  • Always take your jeans home and wash them before getting them hemmed. Typically jeans will shrink in length from 1/2 inch to 1 inch...and you want to make sure they are shrunk before altering!
  • Request of your tailor to keep the original hem intact. If he/she doesn't understand or catch your drift, tell him/her to use the same color thread as used on other parts of the jean (usually gold).
  • To distress the bottom of your jeans after hemming, hold the bottom edge of the jean tight and rub with sandpaper or a nail file.
Stylishly yours,

1 comment:

  1. Interesting!

    The latest fashion trend in apparels today is the skinny jeans that give you a lean look. However, if you are unable to get into those, you would also be happy to put on those wide legged pants or trousers that are also hot with the fashionistas. When worn with a short narrow top and a slim fit jacket along with high heel shoes, this combination would look cool and give you that much longed for lean look.

    Try it out this season!