A girl can never have too many pairs of jeans, right? They are a closet staple, always classic, while new trends offer the option to update the look. Right now cropped jeans are all the rage, whether sold like that or created by the wearer. Cuffing your jeans provides a way to elevate your look with very little effort. But there are so many ways to do it and so many different looks to create! Where do you begin?
The Clean Fold
The simplest way to cuff your jeans is the clean fold. It creates a very simple, intentional look that can be dressed up or down. Depending on the length of your jeans, fold the jeans up once or twice. A wider fold will look more streamlined, while a narrower fold will elongate your legs because it shows more of the dark side of the denim. Personally, I usually prefer the narrower fold. However, if my jeans are very long, a narrow fold might require too many folds, creating an unflattering thick layer near your ankles. So I use either one, depending on the denim and the look I’m going for.
The Mini Roll
Think of the mini roll as the little sister of the narrow clean fold. A smaller, more relaxed version. The mini roll starts with a very narrow fold at the bottom of your jeans that becomes a roll as you work your way up. This look is less structured than the clean fold, but still has the feeling of precision because both cuffs match. I love the mini roll on destroyed jeans. It gives them a more a finished look without looking too formal.
The Imperfectly Casual
This is my favorite way to cuff jeans. The goal here is to look like you didn’t even think about it, even though you did. It might take a couple of tries, but the finished look is so good! And versatile.
To achieve this look on skinny jeans, make one very wide fold, allowing the bottom of your jeans to stop just a little above where you’d like the cuff to be. Then take the new bottom and fold/roll it up once (maybe twice) more. This final fold should not be perfectly in line with the previous one. Make one side higher than the other, allow some of the hem to peak through, tug at an area to bunch it up, whatever you want to do.
To achieve this look on boyfriend jeans, I use a similar process. But there’s a handy trick! Before making the first fold, create a vertical “pleat” of sorts at the front of your jeans. Pinch the bottom of the pleat as you begin the fold upward. This creates a slimmer opening, making it more secure to roll. It also streamlines the curve of your legs: instead of a wide leg all the way down, this forms a natural line towards your ankle which is very flattering.
General Tips & Tricks
The reason the look works is because it exposes your ankle, the thinnest part of your leg. It creates a bit of a curve and gives some dimension to the lower half of your body.
Because of this, remember to work with the proper length. Don’t crop already-short pants. This too easily looks like capris. Not the look we’re going for! Cuff no more than three inches above your ankle bone.
However, make sure they’re not too long. If, after cuffing, the hem still grazes the top of your foot when you walk, they are too long. You don’t want it to look like you had to roll them because you bought jeans that were too long.
Use double-sided tape or hemming tape. Taping within the fold will keep it secure over the course of a day.
Cuffing your jeans is probably the quickest and easiest way to update the classic piece. And the best part is it’s not permanent! So have fun styling and restyling, friends!