Hemmed or Not Hemmed Pants?

Detailed hemmed pants make or break a man’s look. Whether or not you hem your pants yourself, you should know what hemmed pants say about your look. Cuff’s have a profound effect upon the wearer. Note that hemmed pants refers to a cuff and not an inner, hidden hem.

1. Quality and Cuffs

Properly cuffed pants are a mark of quality, like the buttons of your suit. Cuffs require additional labor and material, so they are more expensive. Worn correctly, they accentuate the style of the garment.

2. Protect yourself

The world is a dangerous place for a pair of pants. Puddles, mud, and sheep dogs threaten your pants every day. Pants with cuffs are less vulnerable to the elements.

3. Pleat or Not Pleat

In general, flat fronted pants should not have cuffs. Cuffs are the dressier option, unless you are wearing a dinner jacket. Never wear hemmed pants with a dinner jacket. Cuffs weigh down the pants and highlight the pleats.

4. Walking Tall

Cuffs make the wearer look shorter, which is good for tall men but short men should avoid cuffs.

5. Slant Away

Properly hemmed pants are sewn at an angle so that they cover the back of the shoe.

Cuffed pants have been the standard of Anglo-American dress since the early 20th century, whereas uncuffed pants remain the norm on continental Europe. King Edward VII is credited with the advent of the hemmed trouser in the 1890’s, and the look has stood the test of time. These days, trouser cuffs are a great way to dress up less formal pants like khakis or even jeans. Many men will have their pants hemmed inside the leg, but there is no reason for that at all. Cherish your pant cuffs, unless you are a short man. Cuffs are the heritage of kings.