Would You Wear It- Raw Hems

Would You Wear It- Raw Hems

Welcome to the weekend and would you wear it. Each Saturday, My friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve run across and ask if you would wear what they’re wearing. We do this to better understand your style goals and foster conversation. Ladies love the give and take in the comments so please explain why you feel the way you.

So tell me, would you wear these looks and why or why not?

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Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing here.


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  1. July 20, 2019 / 3:44 am

    Right away I have to reply a NO to the shorts with fringed or ragged hem. Just not for me, tjomI do wear Bermuda length shorts…..The blouse is another story…cute! I would wear it for a summery look.
    I do think I would wear the skirt, blouse on left and Inthink it would flatter my rather average figure. I do like that tie front! I wouldn’t need that jacket until later evening however. It’s very hot and humid here in July and August! On this outfit on left, I do wish the skirt was a bit shorter, maybe Id look into a petite?

  2. Cindy
    July 20, 2019 / 3:55 am

    I think both of these outfits are cute but the ragged hem is just not my style.

    • July 20, 2019 / 9:25 am

      It does seem to be a love hate thing

  3. Diane B
    July 20, 2019 / 4:08 am

    I have never been a fan of the frayed hem. I do like the top and skirt (if it was hemmed) on the left, but I also do not wear a denim jacket like that. I have never felt comfortable in one and have tried many styles as everyone says it is a must have, but not a must have for me. I like the waist tie and open collar of the top so that is a yes for sure.

    • July 20, 2019 / 9:26 am

      Everyone’s must haves should be personalized. It’s good you know what works for you and doesn’t.

  4. Laura
    July 20, 2019 / 4:20 am

    I like the outfit on the left except for the frayed hem! It looks like the hem fell down. I look hideous in yellow, so I wouldn’t wear the blouse on the right, but it’s a cute style. I don’t like the shorts. They just look silly to me with all the threads hanging off the bottom.

  5. Mary
    July 20, 2019 / 4:32 am

    No to the raw hems. The skirt looks awful, the jeans not so bad but I don’t like this trend. The skirt looks like an unfinished home ec project. I have a jean jacket with frayed edges that’s it for me.

    • Ellen
      July 20, 2019 / 5:21 am

      I confess I have a pair of cut off to Bermuda length dark jeans that I do wear in public but not as an “outfit”, only as a running to the store with a T-shirt on top kinda thing. I also keep the hangy strings trimmed. I MIGHT wear them with this nice top though (another color-yellow is not for me) because yay long sleeves! With cute shoes, it might actually be an “outfit” I could wear and not just to Wally World.
      The skirt is bad. Looks like it was “let down” to an odd length and not finished. The tie waist shirt and jacket look bunchy with the sad skirt, though I do like each on its own.

  6. Sondra
    July 20, 2019 / 4:40 am

    The raw him phase has been taken a little too far for my personal taste so NO, I would not wear either outfit. Frayed jeans are one thing (and I’m tiring of that look as well) but frayed hems on everything else?? Come on designer’s, you can do better than that, surely! Ha!

    • Cindy
      July 20, 2019 / 7:07 am

      I completely agree. Cutoffs were a cute way to wear jeans that were old and worn or too short. Today we’re expected to pay good money for clothing that is manufactured to look worn out before we even wear it.

  7. Cyndi
    July 20, 2019 / 4:48 am

    Personally I’m not a fan of the raw hem and wouldn’t purchase for myself. Would like that white (denim?) skirt if it was hemmed, do wear that length in shorts and I like all the pieces they’ve paired with the shorts and skirt.

    • July 20, 2019 / 8:44 am

      I agree. I picked up a cute denim skirt in Target yesterday. When I realized that it had a frayed hem I put it back. I just don’t feel that for me it is a put together look or age appropriate.

    • July 20, 2019 / 9:27 am

      I’d love a white denim skirt

  8. Sue
    July 20, 2019 / 4:50 am

    I haven’t worn cutoff jeans since I left my teenage years behind! No no! I’d wear the top with polished white Bermudas or capris. And I am not a fan of the frayed skirt, either. I’d put a hem in the skirt. Then I’d like the outfit.

    • nancy
      July 20, 2019 / 5:56 am


  9. BethW
    July 20, 2019 / 4:59 am

    I am not a fan of the raw hem look. It’s ok on ankle jeans but it just looks messy on the jean shorts and like the hem came out when the skirt was washed and someone didn’t know how to fix it. The skirt outfit would be cute if it was with a hemmed skirt. I’m not so big on the yellow top with the shorts, but would wear it with a pair of white jeans.

  10. Jennifer
    July 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Love the shorts and top, in fact I’m going to put an outfit together, the skirt and jacket no, it just looks heavy and cumbersome for summer

  11. Debbie
    July 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

    I really don’t mind the frayed hems. I think they are fun but I wouldn’t actually buy those in particular because I feel like that is too trendy. I’m usually late to the trendy party since I take a minute to decide I actually like it. By then the trend is on the way out. Maybe if it was in sale I’d purchase one item. I would not invest in it.

  12. Beth M.
    July 20, 2019 / 5:11 am

    I’d wear the frayed hem shorts, and do all the time when I’m walking the dog, but the skirt looks like someone let the hem out trying to make it longer and then didn’t wash or iron it, which doesn’t appeal to me. I like both tops, especially the shapes, much more than their colors. I’m pretty burnt out on jean jackets: feels like I’ve seen way too many of them this year. There are plenty of other fun options out there! Hope the progress with the moving is going nicely!

  13. July 20, 2019 / 5:14 am

    This was a big discussion on Project Runway this past season. One designer always left hems unfinished and the fashion-expert judges hated it. The designer never seemed to get the message! I also do not care for it…hits me the same as jeans with holes in them. Unpolished and messy.

  14. Lynn
    July 20, 2019 / 5:24 am

    I love the raw hem look. It gives a little edge to an outfit. It’s young looking without trying too hard. Reminds me of the day I could wear real cutoffs. Definitely my style!

    • July 20, 2019 / 9:22 am

      I remember cutting off my jeans too! They were never even 😉

  15. Sandy
    July 20, 2019 / 5:37 am

    I may wear an ankle- length pair of pants with unfinished hem to an APPROPRIATE event, never to work. But the skirt and shorts are a no go for me. I am self conscious enough about my ugly knees and thick calves. No sense bringing more attention to them.

  16. Pal K
    July 20, 2019 / 5:51 am

    For starters , it’s. misnamed. There is a difference between an unfinished and a finished hem
    These are unfinished not”raw”
    I have sewn a couple of things for my daughter and I with with raw hems…finished raw hems…..even fringing on the hem of shorts etc.
    That I might wear …not this
    “it got caught under the car wheels ” style.

    • July 20, 2019 / 9:21 am

      The manufacturers chose the name “raw”.

  17. July 20, 2019 / 6:18 am

    Yes to the frayed hem. I have a pair of skinny white jeans with frayed hems and I feel a bit edgy! I’m 72 and probably wouldn’t have bought them, but since my daughters bought them for a gift, I’m wearing and enjoying them. I wear them with cute platform wedges. Got lots of compliments. I’d wear the cut offs if they were my old jeans and I was headed for outdoor activity. Wouldn’t buy them.

  18. Linda
    July 20, 2019 / 6:20 am

    I like these pieces, but I would hem them after I bought them! I like a more polished look.

    • Marianne
      July 20, 2019 / 2:36 pm

      I like the pieces too. I couldn’t wear the lemon top, that colour doesn’t suit me. As for hemming, I’ve done that to a pair of skinny jeans with an unfinished hem – loved the colour and fit so just had to buy them! Bonus being 5’2″ as there was enough length to finish the hem. Coming from a family with clothing manufacturers and seamstresses in it I find it hard to let go of the expectation of a ‘proper’ finish to a garment!

  19. Rose
    July 20, 2019 / 6:39 am

    I would say no to the shorts. I would wear them in a Capri length. If I don’t like the looks of the Hem I would just roll them up. Wouldn’t wear the skirt but really like the tops.

  20. Phyllis
    July 20, 2019 / 6:39 am

    Oh, my goodness, Jennifer. You are really hitting on one of my pet peeves; unfinished hems. The skirt on the left is just ridiculous. You have what looks like a nice skirt, but then you look at the bottom of the skirt and it looks like the hem has come out. All I can think of is sloppy, unkempt, messy and this person does not care about their appearance at all. As for the jean shorts on the right; why would anyone buy a pair of cut offs? That is what you do with an old pair of jeans that has holes in the knees but the upper part still looks good, you cut them off and wear them around the house or to the beach. It is just crazy to buy them like that. But then people buy “distressed jeans” with holes slashed in the thighs and holes in the knees, so why wouldn’t they buy cut offs?

    I do like the top and jacket on the left side. The blouse on the right is the wrong color for me, but in a soft blue or pink, I would definitely wear it.

    • July 20, 2019 / 7:18 am

      I can’t wear that color yellow either

  21. Catherine M Sheehan
    July 20, 2019 / 6:53 am

    I like both outfits. I love the denim jacket especially.

  22. Joan
    July 20, 2019 / 6:55 am

    I don’t like the frayed shorts and skirt but I have been wearing frayed full-length jeans all summer. I feel the jeans makes my look a little more current without trying too hard.

  23. Maureen
    July 20, 2019 / 6:56 am

    I like Bermuda shorts and white skirts but I do not care for the fraying on the bottom. Looks like it is time to donate. Looks awful.

  24. July 20, 2019 / 7:06 am

    Nope! I would feel sloppy in the frayed hem look. And it is no-no for my 72-year-old sense of style!

  25. Griselle
    July 20, 2019 / 7:09 am

    I don’t like that look at all!

  26. Charley MS
    July 20, 2019 / 7:11 am

    We all wore cut-off jeans as teenagers. The skirt just looks unfinished. I think this look is for the very young.

  27. July 20, 2019 / 7:22 am

    Frayed edges…fine. These are raw edges; just plain unfinished…no.

  28. Lydia Barnard
    July 20, 2019 / 7:23 am

    Reattach the skirt hem, then I would grab the outfit in a minute.

  29. July 20, 2019 / 8:00 am

    The skirt is a definite NO! I seldom wear skirts and when I do, I want to look a bit polished. A frayed hem doesn’t do that for me and this particular one with the crease lines meant to look as if the hem has fallen down is just ridiculous. I haven’t worn frayed cut-off jeans for decades, but for a very casual look, I might consider it.

  30. Cindi
    July 20, 2019 / 8:05 am

    I love my cut off shorts and capris! I do my own though with old pairs of jeans. So, I thought I’d like a denim skirt that was frayed. I hated it! It didn’t feel right and felt too long. When I washed it, it was terrible looking and required a lot of ironing or steaming on the hem area. I ended up hemming it and now wear the skirt a lot. I don’t like saying no for these posts. I try to find something I like, but the skirt will have to be hemmed for me. I do like how they styled the skirt with the jacket and blouse. I just got a white denim skirt and I am anxious to try it with different looks.

  31. Kat
    July 20, 2019 / 8:14 am

    I think frayed hems just looks sloppy and not attractive at all on older women. The little strings hanging down would tickle and make me think there’s a bug or spider crawling up my leg. So, no I would not wear them!

  32. Freda Witt
    July 20, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I tend to keep my clothes for more than one season, and I think the frayed hem won’t last, so no. I do think a pair of white Jean’s with a frayed hem looks cute, but wouldn’t spend the money. I wouldn’t wear the yellow blouse, even though I love yellow. It’s so puffy, big, it would overwhelm my small, short frame. Love the Jean jacket. You can wear one with Jean’s, or with something dressier. Mine is embellished with several vintage rhinestone pins, which gives it a little something extra, I think.

  33. Melissa
    July 20, 2019 / 8:19 am

    No, no frayed or raw hems for me. They go in the same category as ripped denims. I like a more polished look now that I am older.

  34. Eileen
    July 20, 2019 / 8:34 am

    We cut our long jeans into shorts when I was growing up, it looked just like this trend. We found the strings tickled and had to be given a haircut after washing, so gave up. I can see it’s a godsend to short people , especially those that can’t sew. Always ask myself, would a Parisian woman of my age wear this, or Helen Mirren, Carolina Herrera, or Anna Wintour, if I think, no, I pass on the trend, so, no, I wouldn’t wear this, too trend driven. The yellow top is nice, but I don’t wear yellow.

    • Susan
      July 20, 2019 / 8:42 am

      Eileen, I like your way of thinking! That’s an excellent question to ask oneself!

  35. Susan
    July 20, 2019 / 8:40 am

    I’ve been into frayed hems on ankle pants or jeans but I would not buy or wear the shorts or skirt. It just doesn’t send the look I want. I love the tops, and can see the cropped denim jacket worn with a longer top under it.

  36. Linda
    July 20, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Nope! They look horrible in my opinion!

  37. Deborah Kerwin
    July 20, 2019 / 8:55 am

    No to both. I did these shorts myself in the 60’s but today, no way. The skirt looks like the hem fell out and the person wearing it doesn’t know how to put it back in or even care. Not a good look.

  38. Mary
    July 20, 2019 / 9:26 am

    The outfits are cute and I would have worn them when I was under 40 but don’t think that look would suit me now. If they hemmed the outfits, I’d wear them.

  39. lily
    July 20, 2019 / 10:13 am

    Too coincidental! I am just back from buying white shorts with frayed hems. Thrifted, $7.99 and a perfect fit. It is 90+ here and I broke down and bought shorts after seeing a woman in white shorts/grey tank/ simple sandals. She looked cool in both definitions of the word. That said the shorts are very casual. I think raw hems look cheap. Like the manufacturer cut corners and convinced us to pay full price anyway.

  40. beth byrd
    July 20, 2019 / 10:38 am

    I like both outfits — they are casual and stylish. The denim is such a fun fabric.

    But, I have to say NO NO NO to the raw hems. Much like distressed jeans, I don’t care for this look at all. To me, the look is sloppy and way too trendy.

    Other than that, both looks work for me!

  41. Becky
    July 20, 2019 / 11:12 am

    I don’t like the unfinished hems. They give the impression that the wearer has no regard for their clothing. The look is messy.

  42. July 20, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    Yes, I just cut off an old pair of jeans (I’d had them for 10 years) to a little above the ankle. I also have a pair of ripped skinnies that are my favorite. I’m loving the look, it reminds me of my old cut-offs in the 60s/70s.😎

  43. Kay
    July 20, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    I HATE raw hems.

  44. Eve
    July 20, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    I love the first outfit and I would wear it but would replace skirt with pants. I’ll wear denim until I die.
    The second outfit would have been fine when I was younger but not now. I never wore shorts that much anyway. Too much skin showing around the neck on the pretty blouse. I feel more comfortable these days with shirt collars or at least a higher neck in back.

  45. Lucretia Roletta
    July 20, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    I have a pair of jeans with this hem and I love them. I don’t like the 2outfits shown. I saw a jean jacket that was cut short and had an unfinished hem, it gave me an idea to try with one of my jackets. It can give an edge to an outfit if you don’t go overboard.

  46. Karin Gash
    July 20, 2019 / 3:23 pm

    I honestly just got rid of a really cute jacket because the unfinished edge drove me nuts! I liked the jacket but kept feeling like I needed to trim the fringe!

  47. Pat from Wisconsin
    July 20, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    I don’t think I would wear either, except for washing a car, but how does a “raw” hem differ from a “released” hem? To me, the skirt looks released, and the shorts raw. I would not wear either in a skirt, but if I had a pair of jeans that were a little short, I could see releasing them to get a little more length, while the fad lasts.

  48. caren
    July 20, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    I bought a pair of white jeans from Anthropologie with this type of hem. I washed them and the fraying just got worse. I ended up having them hemmed.

  49. July 21, 2019 / 4:08 am

    I just do not like the frayed hems idea. I think the little threads would itch.

  50. Rhonda W
    July 21, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    Personally I don’t like the frayed hems and distressed patches in jeans, etc., or the big ripped holes in jeans. Maybe I’m too old for the trend, but I will stick to clothes that have finished hems, no holes and no distressed areas. I like to look smartly dressed. In my mind, this trend is also insulting to those who may not be able to afford smart looking new clothes. I’ve heard that from others as well.

    Having said that, would I wear it? I could hem and wear the white skirt. I like straight skirts and the white is great for summer. The shorts are a good length, if hemmed, but they look like an oddly faded colour, so maybe not. I am petite and have trouble finding demin jackets, and I don’t like to turn up the sleeves as I then find them flopping down all the time. The blouses seem to have too much fabric that is puffy for me as a petite lady. I prefer more floaty or knit tops.

  51. July 22, 2019 / 6:06 am

    Hello, Jennifer! I know I am a couple of days late, but could you tell me where this is? I would LOVE to have the white skirt (no joke)!

    • July 22, 2019 / 6:49 am

      These are both from Nordstrom

  52. Mary Susan Dinkel
    July 22, 2019 / 11:13 pm

    Since I sew, my friends would think I had run out of time to complete my project. No to unfinished hems. Strings hanging around my legs would irritate me.

    • mrsben2
      July 27, 2019 / 10:30 am

      Ditto (as am a sewer as well), however will admit do not mind ‘frayed’ depending upon the garment and if properly done. As for the other pieces; though definitely déjâ vu I would only opt to wear the jean jacket as never really cared much for the peasant or tied-waist blouse look.

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