Cuff & Roll: Six Ways to Roll Your Jeans

by Jennine Jacob

Rolling jeans has always been a very personal thing, people either love it or hate it. Some types of rolls make it to trend status, but these days jean rolling has become very post modern, do what you like, whatever feels right. There is no real science to rolling denim. It’s an intuitive process. Though, until I thought about all the different ways one can bring up the hemline of their denim, did I realize that there are so many ways to do it.

1. The Neat Cuff

What it is an how to do it: The Neat Cuff is one fold up, often pressed to maintain it’s crispness.
Types of jeans that work with it: Skinny jeans, cigarette cut jeans, straight leg
Wear it with: Flats, low heels

2. The Carefree Cuff

What it is an how to do it: Like the Neat Cuff, but more organic and free spirited
Types of jeans that work with it: Skinny jeans, skinny slouch,  straight leg, distressed jeans
Wear it with: Whimsical shoes, heels, statement pieces

3. The Classic Peg

What it is an how to do it: Before there were skinny jeans, there was the pegged jean. Fold your jean sideways so it’s tight around the ankle and then roll up.
Types of jeans that work with it: Boyfriend jeans, straight leg jeans, boot cut
Wear it with: Open toe booties, heels, sandals

4. The Pressed Cuff

What it is an how to do it: The Pressed Cuff is neatly folded twice to conceal the hem and pressed or sewn in place.
Types of jeans that work with it: Twill pants, lightweight denim, trouser cuff.
Wear it with: Statement heels, oxfords

5. The Messy Roll

What it is an how to do it: Imperfect beauty. The Messy Roll is an intuitive way to roll your jeans, for the tousled, relaxed look. Just roll and don’t think about it too much.
Types of jeans that work with it: Skinny, boyfriend, tattered jeans, cropped jeans
Wear it with: Flats, heels (the fancier the better the contrast), sandals, brogues

6. The Bubble Roll

What it is an how to do it: The Bubble Roll is a true roll, take the hem and literally roll the denim up.
Types of jeans that work with it: Skinny, Cropped (it has to be somewhat tight to maintain the roll)
Wear it with: Low heels, flats, sandals


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