Get the Perfect Raw Hem for Your Jeans and Learn 5 Ways to Style Them

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I love the look of raw hem cut off jeans. I think they can look so great, but it also depends on how you wear them.

So I decided to put together a tutorial of five different ways in which you can rock those jeans.

Before we get to that, though, there’s a good chance you don’t already have the perfect pair lying around.

So first I’m going to walk you through the steps of creating the perfect raw hem out of an existing pair of jeans.

Grab those jeans and some scissors and check it out.

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Tweezers
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1. Measure the length

The first thing you’ll need to do is measure how much you want to take off of the jeans. So put them on and fold them over to the length you’re happy with.

I recommend trying them on with flat shoes as well as with shoes with higher heels if you wear them.

This way you’ll be able to make sure you’re happy with the length in either case. Then grab your measuring tape and measure the fold.

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2. Cut the hems

Once you know how much of the hem you want to cut off, lay out your jeans, with the hem unfolded, and measure that same amount.

Then mark it with some chalk and cut across the pant leg. Try to cut it as straight as possible, but you can always go back and straighten it out. 

How to raw hem jeans

3. Pull out the fibers

To pull out the fibers and create that frayed, raw edge look, you’re going to make little diagonal cuts into the hem.

Now take both sides of the hem and rub them together to bring out some of the fibers.

Another good way to pull out more fibers is to use tweezers. Do this until you’re satisfied with the look.

Then repeat the whole process on the other leg. 

How to style raw hem jeans

4. Ways to style your raw hem jeans

Wear it with a blazer

Now that your jeans are ready, I’m going to show you five different ways you can style them. The first style is to tuck a turtleneck sweater into the jeans and to layer a blazer over it.

Add a belt and some matching high-heeled boots and complete the look with a purse and sunglasses for a business casual look that’s appropriate for cooler weather.

How to style raw hem jeans

Wear it with a tan coat

Turtleneck sweaters are perfect for fall, so this next look calls for one as well.

This time, though, you’ll swap out the blazer for a cozy tan coat.

Switch your purse to a brown one and put on some boots to match it. This look is perfect for that cozy winter vibe. 

How to style raw hem jeans

Casual sneakers

For a casual yet put-together look, pair your jeans with a black t-shirt and matching belt.

Throw on a tan coat and sunglasses to get a slightly business vibe and finish off the casual side of things with some white sneakers. 

How to style raw hem jeans

Go for trendy

Since the jeans look so cool, you’ve got a try them out with a trendy vibe. Bring back that loose-necked turtleneck sweater and wear it under a classic leather jacket.

Match a black cross-body bag with some black boots and a black belt, then finish off the whole look with some sunglasses and your hair in a bun.

How to style raw hem jeans

Sweater and loafers

This last look is such a fall classic. Pair your jeans with a cream cable knit sweater and a brown belt. Throw on some brown loafers and match it to a brown purse.

Don’t forget the sunglasses and you’ve got yourself an effortless look while looking stylish. 

How to style raw hem jeans

How to: raw hem jeans

There you go, y’all. I love how these pants turned out. The cut-off look doesn’t work with every outfit, but when you find an outfit that does work, they’re amazing.

I hope the outfits I’ve shown you give you some ideas as to how to wear these pants, but obviously, your wardrobe isn’t the same as mine, so use this as a guide and get creative with the execution.

I’d love to see your favorite outfit to wear your raw hem jeans with, so leave me a picture in the comments! 

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  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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