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hemming slim fitting dress pants

BSullivan

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Dearest SF:

Since beginning my first real job with a legitimate paycheck, I have purchased a few pairs of slim fitting pants that I really like. I am having an issue, however. I had them hemmed how I would normally--according to the break in the leg. I've noticed that when I walk, it looks as though my pants are a bit too short. I theorize that this is because with the slimmer fit, the hem of the pants falls on a higher part of the shoe than other pants, resulting in an earlier break in the leg and a shorter hem. Is this part for the course? Should I ask for the hem to slant downward toward the back of the leg? SHould I get a longer hem so that, although more break in the leg than I'm used to, the pant bottom will no longer hover around my ankle as if I'm wearing my little brother's pants?

I understand that the short leg look on pants is en vogue a la Tom Ford these days, but I work at a law firm, and these aren't so short as to be in that realm of stylish-ness.

Thoughts? I will post pictures this evening, mos' likely.
 

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How did they mark your hem? hopefully you were wearing your shoes. how many inches off the ground did they mark and did they do both legs separately?
 

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I was wearing shoes. He did one leg and marked it by pinning it up. There is, as you might suspect, about 1.5 inches of fabric folded under. I was considering using maybe half an inch of that to lengthen them? I dunno. They look fine when I'm standing straight.
 

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The way I get my pants hemmed is kind of crazy, I know the exact inseam I want, I measure the pant's inseam, then I measure exactly how many inches I wnat to be taken off, I drop them off with the inches I want taken off, then take them home when they are done, this has seemed to work great.
 

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Yes, you definitely want them hemmed at an angle--as large an angle as your tailor can comfortably make.
 

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I wear slim fit trousers all the time and have my tailor mark 1.25 to 1.5 inches from the ground up (depending on how slim the trousers are). This will usually leave the back of the pant touch right at the top of the heel of my shoe. Also, I suggest having the tailor mark each leg independently, as some folks legs are actually diff lengths due to the way they stand, hips, etc.

As for looking fine when you are standing still, thats sounds about right to me.
 

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I would say no to an angle, but tis all preference.
 

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the shortness is because of the narrow bottom, its par alright.
yes plain hems should be made at a bit of an angle. but not an extreme angle.
a little more break will help.
 

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Just had a pair of slim trousers hemmed and tailor recommended an angled hem as a compromise between the more traditional break he initially suggested (i.e. back of pant close to top of heel) which I thought gave to much break and my suggestion of practically no break which he thought would expose my socks as I walked so we compromised on the angled hem. They're not ready yet so I can't comment on results but in theory it made sense.
 

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