When summer comes the lengths of pants are getting shorter and shorter. The real question is how short should they be especially in the age of self cropped, frayed jeans. There are more answer for this question which depends on what’s important to you.
If the point is to look advantageous :
This is the easiest and eternal rule. If you want to look the best, the bottom of your jeans should reach the narrowest part of your legs:
- an 1 inch above the ankles,
- just below the knees
- or at the middle of the tights.
If you want to keep those pants forever and ever this is the best way to crop or get hemmed them. My favorite right now is the ankle cropped type because they’re neither too long and nor too short and can be worn all over the year with boots or sandals depending on the weather.
The perfect length when it comes to jeans and denim shorts.
If the point is too look trendy:
Well, this is tough. Trends come and go all the time and it’s really difficult to predict which one will be trendy the next season unless you have a good crystal ball. While ankle cropped length is a classic, the 3/4 length (culottes for example) or even shorter than that is not so much. Although I think everybody can wear whatever they want right now there are more and more voices about the death of culottes and the rebirth of capris. And these voices are getting stronger. So strong actually that you can see more and more celebs and bloggers wearing pants which are shorter than the ankle length but long enough to hide knees.
And of course there are practical points like: Have I enough time to shave my legs and oh, I’ve just shaved my legs and they’re full with little red dots or green/yellow/purple bruises due to climbing up and down on bar stools in order to put on some balloons for your husband’s birthday. Who is doing this? Yep, that was me.
Cropping and fraying jeans for yourself
Because I love vintage jeans and well every kind of jeans really and I’m not so tall (turned out I’m shorter than I thought. According to the Medical Centre I’m just 1.61m/5 feet 3.4 inch tall and I was measured in the morning.), I always have to crop some inches from the length. At this point you might think that I have enough experience but I really don’t. I’m always experiencing with taking more and more length away. Why? Because I’m very well aware that I can’t put that cropped material back. But when I think one or half more inch would be good enough, it’ll be too short. Or feels short. You know, the typical case of still not good, still not good, not good anymore.
If the jeans are tight enough or have a proper hem then everything is fine.
I have absolutely no idea what could be the problem. The width of the pants? Or the lack of the proper hem which otherwise could give some weight to the material? Or it’s just me? Because I like whatever length on others. Well, on taller others. So maybe it’s really just me. I don’t know. But if I figure it out I’ll tell you, I promise.
Until then, if your self cropped pants turned out shorter than it was originally intended, fear not because it seems that’s trendy too (especially with higher heels). To prove it, I selected some pictures for you and for me too. 🙂 It definitely helps me.
Tips to wear jeans with shorter length:
- Tuck your top in so your bottom half seems longer.
- Wear a longer jacket.
- When it comes to wider fit jeans wear them with higher heels or pointy toes or nude shoes or ballerinas (shoes which have no high vamp). Or for the full effect, all of these at once. 🙂
- With slimmer jeans you can choose from more options like sneakers for example.
- Try to fray the hems even more, like that length was born by purpose. 🙂 A pair of smaller scissors or that special tool and some patience can be a big help. But wearing and washing them also helps to enhance the effect.
- These deconstructed jeans which are made from more lighter and darker jeans and got tailored in the middle of the legs can help too. For our luck there are more affordable options now. I saw some similar at River Island and Bershka too.
I hope you have a great weekend.