In some respects, good fashion is an exact science, for instance, a perfectly tailored suit will flatter your figure tremendously, whereas one that is slouchy in all the wrong places will have the opposite effect on your figure. Another simple, yet very delicate fashion rule that also happens to be an exact science is rolling your jeans the right way. Rolling your jeans seems like a simple task, right? Well, you’re half-right: While it may seem like an easy style move to do, it can be a hard one to get perfect and if you do it with the wrong pair of pants or attempt an incorrect roll, it can be a crime of fashion disaster — you can end up looking like you’re wearing your older brother’s pants. Do it right (and with the right pair) and you could pull off two different looks with every pair of your jeans you own.
Cuffing made simple
Now that we’re entering the season of bare ankles and legs, there is no better time to perfect the art of the roll. Understand that there are two very important things to realize when rolling your jeans: The fit of them and the shoes you wear. First, realize that when you roll your jeans into a cuff you’re drawing attention to your footwear, plus you’re showing a little extra skin at the ankle. This means that you have to be extra cautious about your shoes and make sure you’re wearing a nice clean, minimal pair of plimsolls or a trendy/classic pair of loafers.
Lastly, and most important of all — make sure you wear a nice fitting slim pair of jeans that are tailored correctly, as opposed to a longer, less fitted pair of jeans that look like you’re wadding in the water instead of looking stylish. Be sure to select a nice stylish pair with a length that fits you before considering the roll. The right, slim pair of jeans will only require a straightforward roll and make your life so much easier. You’ll be able to look in the mirror and determine whether you look cool with a rolled cuff or like you’re wearing a pair of pants that don’t fit you. (GQ says, don’t do what Leo does, in case you were wondering.)
Different types of cuffs:
Generally speaking, rolling your jeans should be one of the easiest and quickest things you do all day but this may come with a little practice. You shouldn’t need to roll the right pair of jeans more than once or twice. Once you’ve perfected the roll, you can start to get a little more creative with the type of roll. Here are a few rolls to try with your jeans:
The Single Roll
Simply roll your jeans up once and (optional) then tuck the hem behind the rolled part. Works well with the right pair.
The Long Roll
Best done on a lighter weight denim because on a regular pair of denim these three thin, tight flips will add unnecessary bulk to your ankles.
Simply roll the right pair of jeans — but be careful, because it will add slight heft to the bottom of your pants. This one is a very common roll.