One of my favorite things about spring fashion is cuffing my pants. The transitional weather (and my impatience for summer) are oftentimes difficult to plan for, but this small change to my outfit makes it the easiest way to get dressed in the morning and for evenings out.
Looking through my blog posts, it’s obvious how frequently I turn up my cuff and it’s because it’s so versatile, yet so easy. Scroll down for all my tips and tricks for how to cuff jeans for spring, summer, and fall. Cuffing works best with skinny and straight leg cuts. Bootcut jeans generally, and flares always, have too much material to cuff without looking bulky. And remember that just because your pants may have come cuffed, you can unroll them and make a cuff that works for you!
There are a few ways to cuff your pants…
How to Cuff Jeans | THE FOLD
While cuffing your pants anyway gives you a more casual/less stuffy feel, folding is the more traditional and less casual of the two. Folding also allows for quite a bit of improvisation in terms of how big each fold is (remember the first and second folds don’t have to be the same length).
To fold your pants, you want to do each fold (on both legs) at the same time before doing the next fold. You can lay them on a flat surface or do it with them on. You want to make sure the folds are the same length as each other and that the folds are even all the way around your leg. One of my favorites is what I call the double fold. If your pants are extra long, this works well. Do a very large single fold on both legs. The fold the cuff in half to create a two-layer look.
How to Cuff Jeans | THE ROLL
To roll your pants, you must be wearing them. Grab the front of your pants hem with both hands and begin rolling up. The rest of the pant leg will follow suit. You can adjust for super errant pieces of material by tucking them into the roll. It’s super easy to get the two cuffs at the same height with small adjustments to your roll. Really you can just tuck in the extras. Rolled cuffs have a much more laid back vibe than folding (think rolling up your cuffs to play on the beach). They don’t allow for as much creativity in terms of size, but the look is so classic, that you can get away with it in a variety of situations.
WHY/WHEN SHOULD YOU CUFF YOUR PANTS? Besides the unpredictable weather, cuffing your pants is a great way to have a warmer temps look while still dressing appropriately for the elements. It also adds a little pizzazz to an otherwise normal outfit. And finally, cuffing your pants lets you show off your shoes. We all love our shoes, but so often, we hide them under pant legs. So take advantage of the spring weather and show off your favorite shoes (a maybe a little leg too)!
HOW HIGH IS TOO HIGH? The height of your cuff depends on your taste as well as the material and cut of your pants. Softer, more pliable pants will roll more easily than thick denim. Both will fold pretty well, however. A general rule for height is to cuff your pants at least 1-2 inches above your shoes! And consider the bottom of your calf muscle as the absolute highest you should go – it’s uncomfortable and unflattering. The feature image is a good example of where to stop.