Hemming Men’s Pants: A Simple Guide to the Perfect Length

Too short and you’ll expose too much leg. Too long and you might even step on your pants. Why is it that the hemming men’s pants is such a tricky thing to master? If you want to get the perfect length for your pants, here’s what you need to know.

Where Should The Hem Fall?

The primary reason so many men get hemming wrong is that they don’t know where their pants should fall. That might be because there’s so much debate in the world of fashion about your options for hemming men’s pants.

Depending on the type of trouser you’re wearing or your individual taste, you might opt for one of the following pants hem options:

  • Single break. This is the look of trouser pants that just slightly go over the top of the show, creating a single crease—but not billowing up with multiple wrinkles. For dress pants and suits, this is typically your aim.
  • Cuffing. Rolling your hem up and creating a cuff is all the rage these days, not only because it creates a better-fitting hem but because it has the look of “work wear,” so often paired with denim. Avoid doing this with dress trousers like our Wool Flannel Flat Front.
  • Multiple breaks. Typically, this is a sign that your pants are simply too long: they don’t stop at the shoe so much as fall down in a pile of wrinkles.

You also have one more option. Simply find a pair of pants that will fall to the top of the shoe without even causing a break—no hem required. This is another good aim to keep in mind, and a good “middle ground.” But go too high and it could throw the whole look off.

Know Your Inseam

Take a measurement of your leg—or, better, yet, go to a tailor and have them do it—in order to know how long your pants need to be. Knowing the inseam will help you when you buy from a trouser source online that allows you to customize these numbers, as we do at Berle. If you know the proper length, you may not have to hem your men’s pants at all. Of course, many men opt for hemming their pants to produce a more fashionable look. But to ensure you get the right hem style for your needs, you’ll still want to know how much length you’ll need to work with.

What’s the “inseam”? Simply put, it measures the length of the pants from the bottom of the “seat,” or crotch, to the bottom of the legs, or the hem. This means that the “seat” of your pants also has to fit properly, otherwise it can throw off the look of the hem. If you still wonder what fits you best, contact a tailor and ask for a custom measurement.

Complimentary Hemming At Berle

At Berle, we're proud to offer complimentary hemming on all pants orders. Get the perfect length, every time!







When you custom order your trousers, there’s no reason they shouldn’t arrive at the precise length you need. But even if they don’t, you should at least have the confidence of complimentary hemming for men’s pants. We offer that service to you at Berle fwith our tailored men's trousers because we know that a pair of pants doesn’t truly fit unless the break is just how you like it. Browse our collection today.