Let’s Talk About Straight-Leg, Step-Hem Jeans



Hey hey…new jeans! I’m officially a jean collector now…I cannot resist a good pair of denim. It’s kinda crazy, but I’m here for you…to try all the jeans and find the best. And these are good. I still love my skinny jeans, for sure, and boyfriend jeans have their place, but these. They are so versatile! (And don’t worry, they’re not cropped flares.) They are a straight-leg, step-hem jean.

The leg is a nice departure from skinny jeans but isn’t too wide and the uneven hem is a little unexpected and interesting. The shorter cut in front shows off ankles in a flattering way but the longer back hem adds versatility and is totally leg-lengthening.

The best thing about this style? You can wear it with heels AND flats with no cuffing or adjusting! (Happy dance).  How great is this for travel? Yesss. These will be coming on my next trip. (To Florida! I’ll get to wear with sandals!!) Ooh, and for those of you trying to do a capsule wardrobe? These would rock that.


Another great thing about this style is that it is the easiest DIY to apply to any straight-leg jean. The important thing is to get them the right length for your legs, but once you do you’re set. I’m here to help. The front hem is most flattering if it hits just above your ankle bone (especially for us shorties). On my pair, the back hem is 1 3/4″ longer than the front. I tried it on this older pair of jeans I had and I love it.

For the DIY, I just measured from the crotch of the jeans down to where I wanted the front hem to hit above my ankle (you can measure your leg obvs or just use another pair of jeans that are the right ankle length). I marked that length and then used a seam ripper to take out the seam up to that point on both sides (I just ripped the actual jeans on the side of the double seam on the inside of the leg). I then trimmed across with scissors for the front hem. Next, I measured 1 3/4″ below that to mark the back hem and trimmed that with scissors. Voila! DIY step hem jeans.


Gray Top – Abercrombie & Fitch Cozy Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt – This is the only cold shoulder item I own…and I adore it. It’s fleecy cozy, but still a little ooh la la. It’s definitely opening me up to the idea of trying more tops like this!

Jeans – Pilcro Parallel Mid-Rise Hi Lo Straight Jeans – Love them. The rise is perfect and not too high. The wash is a nice in-between faded and dark. I feel like I was so ready for a different type of jean in my wardrobe and I think these will be a great option. True to size. Wearing a 27, for reference.

Heels – JCrew Lana Calf Hair D’Orsay Heels – I love love these. I don’t wear many heels, but when I do…these. Fit true to size and stay on your foot really well.

Cami – LOFT Strappy Cami – Love these camis. I have the ivory one in a S petite and this is a S regular. I like the length of the petite one on me better, but this will be great with my faux leather leggings.

Ankle strap flats (Old) – but these are kinda close and super cute with the gold ankle straps. I adore a black flat with a lighter color ankle strap for leg lengthening (haha and check out this post reader Shana did long ago! Omg, Sienna.)

DIY Jeans – Old AG, but these are a similar wash.

Leopard flats – Old Sole Society – I can never find a good replacement for these. I’m so sad they stopped making them. These sandals are a similar print style which I love but I’m also dying over these calf hair sneakers.

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And, um, I’d like to introduce you to my new photographer. She’s a little vertically challenged, but she did a way better job than I did the day before with a remote. Omg. Dying. She was so great. #momblogger

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Peace and jeans,