Honestly, I’m not sure whether I want to applaud these Hem Gem things for their ingenuity or just go with my initial response, which was to be infuriated by them. Here’s the deal, addressing the concern spawned by shows like What Not To Wear and, I guess, the entire Bravo TV network, Hem Gems allow you to use one pair of pants at two different lengths, for both flats and heels. Because shows like these have led you to believe that it is essential that you have two pairs of every kind of jeans you own, one in flat length and one in heel length. That is the lesson of the boom leading directly into the recession of 2008.
But here’s the thing — a larger faux pas in my mind than a pair of pants that is slightly too long or slightly too short for whatever pair of shoes you’re wearing is a stupid-looking hem on jeans. The one thing the Bravo Network did right for the upkeep of society was to encourage everybody to get their jeans tailored with the original hems reattached, so that jeans look like they are being worn off the rack, even though nobody can really do that except for Gisele Bundchen. The Hem Gem attempts to solve this problem by asking you to fold your jeans over and pin them on the side, creating the illusion of the original hem.
Maybe it would work, but I have to admit I’m a little skeptical.
I’d sooner buy these than buy two pairs of the same jeans and have them hemmed at different lengths. But I’m not sure I can get on board with this solution. What do you guys think?