At Instyle there’s rarely a day when less than 50 per cent of the office is clad in denim. We’re a little obsessive about it. Straight leg jeans, mom jeans, cropped jeans, kick flares, we love them all. But there’s one jean that has caught our eye this season more than any other - the step hem jean.
Seeping from the catwalk at Vetements onto the doyennes of street style, this style has been everywhere for AW16. How to spot them? These jeans have a raw hem that is shorter at the front than the back (almost as if they’ve been attacked by a 5-year-old with scissors, but chicer!). Vetements have been giving us lust-worthy denim for a few seasons and this DIY style step-hem is no different; these jeans are fresh and unfussy in a way that few others styles are.
As with all the best innovation in style they rarely stay with the designer that created them. Vetements are no longer the only label to stock these jeans. Scissors have hacked away at hems from the designer labels to the high street. Whether you like your denim classic or with a little extra detail there will be a step hem jean for you.
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At the top end, of course, there are the originals: Vetements has continued to reinvent the step hem style and now they come in multiple washes, but priced between £790 and £880 you might need to hold back on purchasing anything else this season. Gap has a great blue wash pair that look suspiciously like their parent jean but at £34.99 they’re a fraction of the price.
Topshop, Next and New Look have also created step hem jeans in varying skinny fits and blue washes, where H&M have opted for a black wash. Mother and J.Brand, bastions of well fitting and stylish denim, sit somewhere in the middle. With a step hem variation to most of their styles, there’s sure to be something for you. Mother’s red racer striped step hem jeans happen to be our favourites.
So, if you’re thinking about giving this denim trend a go, skip the actually DIY and shop our edit of the best DIY inspired step hem jeans.