Red Raw Hem Jeans / DIY For Non-DIY Lovers

Most of my jeans come from Topshop’s petite department, but there are a few exceptions. Like these red ones I bought after arriving luggage-less in Barcelona. All I wantedΒ was to change out of the leggings I’d been travelling in for almost 24 hours. I loved the colour of these jeans so I decided it’d be fine to roll them up. But it was a significant amount of rolling and I found myself not wearing them very often because of it.

Then raw hem jeans became popular and the imaginary lightbulb lit up above my head. It was the perfect solution for my non-petite jeans. Since I made the cut I’ve been wearing my red raw hem jeans more often. I teamed up with fellow petite blogger Danielle of The Darling Edition, who also recently raw hemmed a pair of too-long jeans. Danielle focuses on pretty, classic and affordable style that anyone can get inspired from. She’s new to blogging but you can already tell her blog is the perfect place to go for all things feminine. Be sure to check out her blog and raw hem jean outfit below!

This was probably the easiest DIY ever. You can trust me because I’m not a DIY person. Is it just me or do the simple ones always require materials that are so not common household items? Anyway, for this all you need is scissors! I cut mine at the length they were rolled them up at to keep things easy. You can also mark the line (with chalk, a white pencil, or anything that will stand out but can be washed off) at which you want to cut to be extra sure they’re straight. After cutting I went over the hem with my scissors again to add some fraying and voila, the makeover was complete.

What do you think of raw hem jeans?

Photos by Jon Pernul; Styling by Maria Polansky


Check out Danielle’sΒ look


  • Nevena Krstic

    You look great! I love these jeans on you! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Batsheva

    I LOVE this outfit! And these photos, my gosh, who is this guy that took your photos!! Yes, I love mutilating my clothing, and cutting them up is no exception– it is also the easiest form of DIY, and therefore, I love it even more. But wait– is this Seattle, or am I just seeing things?
    Am hopping on over to Danielle’s blog now as I fully and always will support the hard work of blogger collaborations.

    • Maria

      Thanks Batsheva! His name is Jon, we’ve been working together since almost the beginning and he does pretty much all my videos too. He’s really good! It’s Vancouver. Seattle and Vancouver can be pretty similar at times. The Space Needle is a bit more impressive than our lookout though – it’s taller, made of a different material and just has more structure. Cutting up clothes is pretty much the only DIY I’m capable of lol.

  • Saida - She talks Glam

    I love the final effect Maria, and believe it or not, I was planning a revamp of some new jeans with a not so fun to put up on the blog πŸ™‚ I love the light of the shots and the backdrops are gorgeous. Also, your furry friend is always so photogenic! Have a great week ahead pretty gal

    Saida | She talks Glam

    • Maria

      Thanks Saida, hope you go for it! I love giving clothes a makeover.

  • Nataliya

    First, I’d like to say these photos look incredible! πŸ™‚ Second, I think they look amazing with the raw hem! They’re a statement jean, so having the extra flair makes them even edgier. I’ve been cutting a lot of my too-short denim lately too, and it’s renewed a few pairs of my favorite jeans.


    • Maria

      Thanks Nataliya! So much better than a super bulky rolled up hem. I love finding ways to renew clothes πŸ™‚

  • Bernice

    Raw hem jeans are a great way to make an outfit look more unique! Pity I can’t pull them off haha

    • Maria

      Aw that’s too bad πŸ™ maybe you just haven’t found the right pair?

  • Elisabete Carinha

    Maria i dont know how the trousers looked before, fur the diy that you did was amazing because the trousers now look amazing on you… sometimes i do that things too on my clothes … anyway if you dont wear it already you are not losing nothing πŸ˜›



    • Maria

      Basically I had to roll them up to the point they were bulky. Not terrible but I prefer them this way. Thank you πŸ™‚ And yeah!

  • Paola

    You are super glam Maria and I love these amazing pics!
    Love, Paola.

  • Lindsey of The Nomis Niche

    I love raw hem jeans! That red pair is perfect πŸ™‚

    Love, Lindsey

  • Natvienna Hanell

    Your photos are amazing! Love your style! πŸ™‚

  • Christina Gliati

    How come I didn’t think of it? Most of the pants I like are not for me. My mother can fix them but this is something I am going to try. I like it so much! Kisses!!!

    • Maria

      It’s a nice and quick solution πŸ™‚ Thanks Christina xx

  • Maray

    Beautiful pics! Great look and place πŸ™‚

  • Cindy Elena

    I need your heels asap! I’ve been looking for a pair just like yours with a short thick heel

    xo | Cindy Elena

    • Maria

      They’re pretty comfy for heels! I’ve linked them in the post πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    Raw hem jeans are my new favorite trend. It’s so chic and edgy!

    Jessica |

    • Maria

      Yeah I’m glad I made a pair πŸ™‚

  • Nistha Saraf

    Love the look girl…Like your style!

  • HsinWei

    love that red on you! it is amazing! and always love my jeans too short. πŸ˜› The length you cut is just perfect to my liking !

    • Maria

      Thanks! I was a bit worried I cut them too short but they’re perfect for wearing with ankle boots.