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Go-to Guide to Cuffing Your Jeans

February 15, 2018

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Go-to Guide to Cuffing Your Jeans

February 15, 2018

 

From Marlon Brando to James Dean, expertly rolled denim is a timeless fashion move. But as the style of denim changes, so should the way you cuff the ankle. Brando could pull off a few tight rolls to show off his boots; in the ’80s, the New Kids on the Block could pull off a peg leg (when the fit was wide but the cuff was tight). Now, both of those look frumpy instead of stylish. Here are three ways to make sure your look is modern—and not like it belongs in a ’90s sitcom.

 

 

1. The slimmer the jean, the skinnier the cuff

 

 

The pin roll is your best buddy. It can easily taper any kind of straight-leg jean. To make this slimming cuff, pinch the excess fabric (one to two inches) of your jeans away from the side of your leg. Fold the excess fabric back against the ankle, then cuff normally, keeping the pinched fabric pinned as you smooth around the rest of the cuff.

 

Pair the pin roll with standout kicks, as this detail allows complete footwear visibility.

 

 

 

2. Selvedge denim calls for a single or double cuff

 

You dropped dollars on that selvedge denim (re: crafted with an edge right out of the loom its made on), so you might as well show off a little of that telltale red tape. 

Create a classic single cuff by flipping up your fabric (about an inch or inch-and-a-half) from the bottom of your jeans. If you want a cleaner look while sticking to the single cuff, tuck the tip of the hem (just a few centimeters) back behind the single fold.

For the double cuff, simply flip the hemline up twice—about an inch or so both times. The double cuff works best with light to mid-weight selvedge denims. If you’re a smaller guy, steer clear from this leg-shortening style altogether.

Keep in mind, heavier cuffs pair best with heavier footwear—think boots or thick-soled shoes. Stick with lighter sneakers when sporting smaller cuffs.

 

 

 

3. Don’t Overdo It

 

Though a couple cuffs can help adjust a too-big size and polish up a look, rolling too many times can create an awkward, unflattering shape. A good rule of thumb: Don’t roll more than twice. It may be necessary to head to a professional tailor to get that perfect fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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