Enter the Fray: Raw-Hem Looks We Love

April 18, 2019

A frayed hem adds instant edge to any outfit. We’ve been seeing a lot of raw hems lately, and we don’t think they’re going anywhere any time soon. Here are few ways to own the look and stand out from the rest.


Shorts were made for raw-edge hems. The first jean shorts invented were created by cutting off the legs on a pair of 501® Originals. It’s easy to DIY a pair at home — just follow our easy how-to guide.

Rather leave it to the experts? Our women’s 501® shorts and men’s cut-off shorts come with raw hems and never go out of style.


Our highest rise jeans yet, the Ribcage Straight Selvedge Jeans, are one of our favorite raw-hem looks for women this season. These universally flattering jeans feature an extra-large selvedge cuff at the ankle for a unique aesthetic. Wear them with a boxy, cropped shirt for fun head-to-toe outfit that plays with proportions.


For an alternative, lived-in look, opt for a pair of cropped, distressed jeans with frayed hems. With their versatile style, these jeans are easy to dress up or down. Keep it casual with a basic tee or elevate your look with boots and a moto jacket.

To get the look, follow our DIY guide to cropped jeans or check out our 501® Original Cropped Jeans with a cut-off hem.


Make a statement with frayed hems and bold patterns. For an unforgettable look, wear your favorite raw-hem jeans with tropical or floral print shirts.

These are just a few ways to wear the frayed-hem trend. Show us how you wear them by tagging #LiveInLevis and @levis on Instagram.


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