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Some of our favorite things are raw.

Raw sushi, raw emotions, and of course raw hemlines.

Envision this… you’re in the dressing room, you’ve finally found the perfect pair of jeans that make your ass look great, and you feel like you could take on the world. So, what’s the problem? Reality check. You don’t have legs for days and you’re not built like a model (but damn girl, you still look smokin’!). You’re stepping on hemlines, and if you’re anything like me, taking them to a tailor might not be the most realistic option.

That’s where raw hems come in.

Think cut off, raw edges, and a little bit of 90’s grunge, and a whole lot of 60’s and 70’s style inspo.  Everyone wants them, and now you can get them. We’re here to tell you about the best frayed raw hemlines and how to make your own.

You might be wondering why we’re so obsessed with them. No matter what you’re comfortable in; boyfriend jeans, skinnies, distressed, or bell bottoms, get ready to rock. We love that they bring a casual chic to any party. From full frays to deconstructed, released-hems, you’ll bring diversity to your denim. Maybe your grandma won’t approve, but rules were meant to be broken.


First let’s talk jeans. First find jeans that fit, but don’t worry about the length. It’s not always the best idea to be dropping your hard earned cash on distressed denim or new trends. Don’t get me wrong, I love a brand spankin’ new pair, but a thrifted pair fits all the right places can be perfectly worn in, without the work. Consider men, wine, and jeans in the same category-- they often get better with age.


  • Ironed Jeans
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Fabric Measuring Tape
  • Tweezers or Seam Ripper
  • Sandpaper/Razor Blade (optional for extra distressing)


    1. IRON UP. Grab your denim and make sure your jeans are ironed to ensure that all your measurements are accurate. Try them on and decide where you want them to hit on your leg. We love long wide legs, or just above the ankle skinnies.  If you’re rocking skinnies, a good rule of thumb is to have the hem hit an inch above the ankles. Are you going to cuff them, or leave them unfolded? Make sure you try on the shoes you’re most likely going to be wearing to get an accurate idea of the length.
    2. CHALK UP. Time to get your hands dirty. Use chalk to mark where you want your raw hem to hit on the right leg. Remember, measure twice, because you only get to cut once! Don’t worry, we’ll get to the left side in a minute.
    3. MEASURE UP. Measure the distance from the crotch of your jeans, to the original hem. Then measure from the crotch to the chalk mark. Find the difference and make note how how many inches you want to to cut off. So, let’s say your inseam is 31 inches (from the crotch to the original hem), but you want your new inseam to be 26 inches (from the crotch to the chalk mark). The difference is 31-26=5. So, you’re going to cut off 5 inches on each side.
    4. DRAW UP. So now check your chalk mark and draw a line from one side of the pant leg to the other (horizontally).
    5. CUT UP. Using your fabric scissors cut your jeans at the desired angle, giving you that fierce raw edge. Be innovative here. We love the straight across look, but there are some baller angles we’ve seen out there too! Pro Tip: Think shorter in the front, party in the back, or an a-line angle from the midline to the outer edge.
    6. MATCHUP. Repeat steps 1-5 on the left side, making sure that each pant leg matches up and that you get the look you’re going for.
    7. EDGE UP. Take a close look at your raw edge, see how there are both horizontal and vertical threads? Use your tweezers or seam ripper to help get those horizontal ones. This will help fray the edge to the level that will make you denim dreams come true.
    8. TEAR UP. If you want to add a little more wear and tear to your jeans, use your sandpaper and razor blade. First, determine where you want that worn in look-- the hems, knees, along the thigh, or the back pocket are all good options, make sure you try your pants on to get a good feel of the final spots. Then sand down in the appropriate areas. Use your razor blade to cut a ½-¾ inch horizontal line. Use your tweezers or seam ripper to remove some of the excess horizontal threads and add a bit more edge. Add the level of distress that will make you feel your fiercest.
  • WASH UP. Wash on cold and dry on a low setting. Washing your jeans will help roughen them up and pronounce the raw hemlines and distress that you just created.
  • WEAR UP. You can dress them up with booties or strappy heels, or dress them down with your fav sneakers or sandals. Raw hemlines are the perfect way to make a statement that is fashion forward and a little bit funky.

  • To say we’re low key obsessed would be an understatement. Raw hemlines, full frays, and sharp edges are pure magic. Consider this your warning, if you’re not for them, you’re against ‘em.

    Welcome to the world of the Anti-hem.


    The VIXEN Team