Time to hem these jeans - how long?

These straight-leg jeans are not the most stylish thing in my closet, but I really like them. They're old paper-denim-cloth brand jeans, 100% cotton. I never hemmed them - they're really long. In this photo I have them cuffed to wear with my combat boots. (That's actually 4 layers in the cuff - I make one big cuff, then fold it up again. Less bulky than rolling.)

How long should these be for PPL? I wear them with flat boots, Converse, or my chunky sandals with a thick classic Dr Martens sole. I think they look good cuffed, but there's too much fabric now, so I should shorten them at least a bit. Should I go for floor-length in boots, then have the option of cuffing them shorter? Or leave them longer than that and always cuff them?

Bonus photo: the sandals, which I listed as one of my best new things of 2013, shown on me here with omg-so-90s scrunched wool socks and pegged jeans! Fashion tragedy or comedy?

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  • Debra replied 10 years ago

    I'm not to sure about correct lengths but they are great looking jeans and I like them cuffed. Those sandals are fabulous.
    Sorry not much help :)

  • replied 10 years ago

    I have the same sandals in patent leather :)

    I like the jeans cuffed too!

  • April replied 10 years ago

    I vote for floor-length in your boots, with the option for cuffing.  There will be some "scrunch" in the front if they're nearly to the floor in the back, but I like that in straight legs.  

  • Aquamarine replied 10 years ago

    I agree with April. I would hem them long enough to cover the heels of your boots, which then gives you enough to cuff for other shoes. Nice jeans!

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    What April said. That way you will have options -- which is terrific, because they are great jeans and look really good on you. 

  • Grey Rainbow replied 10 years ago

    Great jeans! Fit looks perfect on you. I like them cuffed. Very cool with the sandals. And socks! Not a tragedy at all. I find that combo rather poetic:)

  • carter replied 10 years ago

    I agree with April as well. These jeans are insanely flattering on you. Wear them more often!

  • Joy replied 10 years ago

    Also agreeing with April.

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    I think those are bootcuts - not straight legs. And they look great. 

    I like the way you tapered them in #2. Does the fold stay like that? 

    I vote floor length and the option of cuffing. 

  • Missey replied 10 years ago

    Angie, you ddin't "peg" your pants in the 80's?  That tuck fold will stay all day! ;)
    Greyscale, I'm with everyone on this...hem them long, they are thin enough to not look bulky when folded or cuffed.

  • Greyscale replied 10 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. I think April nailed it - I want the option of uncuffed with scrunch or cuffed.

    The jeans in the second photo are different, cropped gray jeans (I was just showing off the sandals I wore yesterday). I hadn't realized how similar they look in the photos. Those do stay pegged, like Missey said! A friend and I were laughing about this trend cycle - two decades of thinking "why did we do that??" and then suddenly "look at this perfect solution I found for my jeans!"

    And Ceit, I'm not surprised you have the same ones! Aren't they great? Looking forward to seeing some summer looks in a few months.

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    I didn't peg my pants in the '80s, actually. Sacrilege. I wore pants and jeans with built in pegging. 

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