How To Cuff Your Jeans Like A Pro

Cool cuffed jeans are one of those seemingly effortless tricks—like rolling your sleeves the J.Crew way or doing the half tuck—that all the fashion girls seem to know. Word to the wise: it’s easier than you might think, especially if you have our easy secrets.

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  • Inspired by three fashion trailblazers—Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules—we’re showing you the formulas behind the season’s must-try looks: the traditional skinny cuff, the undone half cuff, and the polished thick cuff. Click through now for all of our essential tips—you’re sure to become a pro by the end!

  • Thick Cuff
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    A thick cuff requires a wider-leg pair of jeans that are a little loose. 

    We used: J Brand 1265 Ace Cropped Boyfriend Jeans ($227) in Arcadian Black

  • Step One

    Fold the jeans to create a one-inch cuff. 

  • Step Two

    Fold again so that the cuff is about two inches thick.  

  • Step Three

    Smooth out the cuff to create a polished look. 

  • Final

    Styling Tip: Make this your weekend go-to with a relaxed tee and ankle-strap flats. 

  • The Skinny Cuff
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    The skinny cuff works best on fitted silhouettes, as it creates the appearance of a long, lean line. 

    We used: DL 1961 Amanda Jeans ($168) in Twilight

  • Step One

    Fold the bottom of the jeans to create a half-inch cuff. 

  • Step Two

    Fold a second time, adding an extra half-inch to the cuff. It should be nice and tight and hit at or just above the ankle. 

  • Final

    Styling Tip: Elongate your legs further by adding a nude wedge or low-cut heel. 

  • The Half Cuff
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    The half cuff is best suited for slouchier styles like the boyfriend jean. 

    We used: Gap 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans ($70) in Prospect 

  • Step One

    To achieve an accordion-like look, start by making a single four-inch cuff. 

  • Step Two

    Bunch the bottom of the cuff to create dimension and texture. 

  • Step Three

    Finish by folding the top hem downwards.

  • Final

    Styling Tip: Give your jeans the downtown treatment by adding a worn-in leather jacket and statement stilettos. 

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