How to Pick the Right Hemline for Pants

Pick the Right Hemline for Pants
Pick the Right Hemline for Pants

How to Pick the Right Hemline for Pants. Options abound when it comes to pants. Are you ready for capris? Or are tweedy cuffed trousers more your style? Read on for the lowdown on pant length for both men and women.

Things You'll Need

  • Men's Casual Pants
  • Men's Jeans
  • Men's Khakis
  • Mens' Dress Pants
  • Women's Causal Pants
  • Women's Dress Pants
  • Women's Jeans
  • Women's Khakis

Select a style.

Try them on and have a look. Trim, tailored pants should graze the top of your shoes. Pants with a wider bottom should be long enough to cause a slight break or dent in the front seam.

Move around a bit. Are your ankles showing? If so, go a bit longer unless you're a trendsetter.

Establish pants-to-shoes communication. For those skinny little pants that end at your ankle, opt for a streamlined ride. For women, that usually means flats or sandals, especially for calf-length capris. It can also mean a sleek little boot. For meatier trousers with cuffs or wide legs, a heavier shoe will look great. If you plan to wear heels, you're going to need a bit more length.

Check your choice. Longer pants with wide legs can make short folks look shorter, so beware.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the fabric. Are they going to shrink?
  • Imagine your favorite style icon in these pants. Would Audrey Hepburn be happy in these pants? Would Roger Moore feel at ease?

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