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As a short person, I have to admit I was pretty psyched when the undone hem trend came around. That’s because every single pair of pants I’ve bought in the last 15 to 20 years have been too long on me; no matter how much I think I’ll go get them hemmed, I really never do.
But there’s a better way to deal than pretending you’ll eventually go to the tailor or just cutting your pants off at the ankle yourself: Countless stores actually provide hemming and tailoring services with your purchase, either for free or for a nominal fee. Since most stores don’t advertise this fact or tell you about it unless you specifically ask, we’ve listed several of the most useful ones here.
Check them out or bookmark this page and consult it next time you need to buy pants — it’s definitely easier to get it taken care of right when you buy, especially if it’s free! Just remember to always save your receipt to redeem.
Barneys: Complimentary basic tailoring “on all men's full price suits and tailored clothing,” available in-store at any Barneys flagship location. Alterations on other men’s and women’s items are available in-store for a fee; prices vary by task.
Blue Owl Workshop: Chain-stitch hemming is free with any new purchase within 30 days; $25 for previously owned jeans or jeans purchased elsewhere.
Bloomingdale’s: Complimentary basic alterations are available for full-price, tailored items; additional alterations are available, but prices vary. Contact your local store for prices.
Club Monaco: Free basic alterations must be requested in-store at any location; online purchases should be accompanied by a receipt. Alterations on sale merchandise require an additional fee: $10 to $15 for pants; $12 to $15 for skirts and dresses.
Dillard’s: Complimentary alterations on all tailored items and jeans purchased in-store; sale items and “ready-to-wear” will be subject to a $6 fee.
Lululemon: Complimentary hemming on tops and pants at all stores; no receipt or tags required.
Neiman Marcus: In-store alterations are available, but pricing varies by desired alterations and location. Receipt required and services must be requested within 30 days of purchase.
Nordstrom: Complimentary basic alterations are available for most full-price items, but a receipt or packing slip is required. More complicated alterations (suits, eveningwear) are offered but for a fee. Details here.
Saks Fifth Avenue: Complimentary hemming on most jeans, trousers, and jacket sleeves; some sale items may be subject to a small fee. Additional alterations vary in price; you can see a full price list here. For a fee, they’ll also tailor clothes not bought at Saks.
Self Edge: Chain-stitch hemming available for free for any jeans purchased in-store; online purchases are subject to a $15 fee. Previously owned jeans can be hemmed for $25. Repair services are also available for a fee.