Tucking the Blank skinny jeans to see what they’d look like hemmed
So, this is far from the biggest issue in the world, but I’ve been mulling the options lately and figured I’d throw the question out there. I was also surprised to hear a few other ladies complain to me about this, so I guess it’s a topic of interest for at least a few of us.
Since recently expanding my skinny jean collection, the next question to tackle is what to do with the extra length. You have four options with skinny jeans…you can scrunch them, cuff them, tuck them or hem them.
If you leave them long, you can scrunch, cuff and tuck, although there’s something about tucking that I think looks a little awkward without the bottom seam (I’ve done it, and never really liked it).
Hemming means you can no longer wear them scrunched, but you can still cuff if you’d like. Although, (and this is the main reason stopping me from hemming so far) unless the bottom is very fitted on you, hemming can cut off the skinny part of the jean, turning them straight leg. Again, not the most terrible thing in the world, but still annoying when you’ve thrown down money for a pair of cute skinnies, only to have them lose that fitted silhouette when they get back from the tailor.
Scrunching: The jeans in their natural state are nice and skinny all the way down, but has too much scrunch at the bottom for my personal taste. There is something about a lot of jean scrunch on short women that makes us look a little stumpy, and even though I’m on the leggy-side, I don’t think scrunched skinny jeans are very flattering on me. My other options are to either cuff or hem these.
Cuffed: Just cuffing the bottom keeps the skinniest part of the jean intact, so it keeps the silhouette narrow. The look is casual, and if the denim is thick, or you end up folding a lot of fabric, can also look bulky.
Tucked to simulate hemming: If I hem them, I think I’d want them hemmed just at the top of my shoe, so I could still cuff to the ankle if I wanted to. Although, cutting off a few inches from the bottom takes off the part of the jean that tapers to fit my ankle. Now they’re more like straight leg jeans. Darn.
The difference between the skinniest part of the jean and where I would probably get them hemmed is about 1/2 an inch when laying flat, which equals 1 inch bigger around. That one inch makes a big enough difference to the style of the jean to make me reconsider hemming. Of course, you can ask your tailor to slim the ankle so they’ll be skinny again, but unfortunately, the natural look of a side seam on denim can rarely be reproduced by a tailor and usually ends up looking obviously tailored.
While I’m figuring out what to do, I’ve been cuffing my skinny jeans, which looks more casual, but luckily is in style at the moment so I’m in no big rush to decide.
Interestingly, I’ve seen a lot of women and bloggers (not just short women either…average to tall women are doing it to) simply tucking the extra length of their skinny jeans under and going about their day. As someone who has always been a stickler for hemming jeans and pants, it feels a bit weird to just tuck extra length under as a permanent solution. I’m curious what readers think, or if they’ve even noticed this at all. On one hand, just tucking extra length under leaves more styling options later, since you can then wear them cuffed or scrunched for other outfits. But then again, nothing beats the clean lines of having a nice, perfectly hemmed bottom seam on your jeans.