6 Ways To Cuff Your Jeans

6 Ways To Cuff Your Jeans

Cuffing jeans is a common fashion trick. Why? Because it’s a way to change up your style and draw attention to your shoe game. I mean, why buy the coolest shoes online if you’re not going to show them off, right?

Anyway, this blog post will show you how to take your style game to a whole new level with six ways to cuff your jeans. But first things first, in order to master the art of cuffing jeans, you need to find the perfect pair. In the tutorial images below we feature Levi’s 511 jeans, and we’ve found that the following cuffing styles work best with a slimmer leg opening (think something between a skinny and a boot cut).

Okay, let’s get started!

The Single Roll

Single roll cuffed jeans paired with adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers

sneaker colors: running white/new navy
Pictured Above: adidas Originals Stan Smith
  1. Fold up your jeans about an inch.
  2. Tuck the hem behind the roll if you’d like, or leave it out.

Kicks to Complement: Consider Air Force 1s or Stan Smiths, nothing too narrow. Check out our top picks.

The Long Roll*

Pictured above: Timberland 6″ Field Boots
  1. Fold up your jeans about an inch and a half.
    *Works best for longer legs, makes your legs look shorter.

Kicks to Complement: Try some heavy boots like the one’s pictured above. Here’s our top picks for the season.

The Skinny Roll*

Skinny roll cuffed jeans paired with Converse All Star Ox sneakers

sneaker colors: bright red/white | canvas
Pictured Above: Converse All Star Ox
  1. Start at the hem and do three small rolls to about a half an inch.
    *Works best with thinner denims.

Kicks to Complement: This style looks best with narrow, flat shoes like Vans or Converse. Here’s our top recommendations.

The Double-Cuff*

Pictured Above: Puma RS-X
  1. Roll up the bottom twice to about an inch.
    *Makes your legs appear shorter.

Kicks to Complement: This style pairs well with chunky sneakers like Nike Huarache’s or NB 997H. Check out our recommended picks for the season.

The Bicycle Cuff

Bicycle cuffed Jeans paired with Vans Classic Slip On sneakers

sneaker color: black
Pictured Above: Vans Classic Slip On
  1. Do the double cuff.
  2. Slide the jeans up your calves to just under the knee.

Kicks to Complement: Pair this style with a light shoe, either slides or sneak. Here’s our favorites.

The Pinroll

Pinroll cuffed jeans paired with Nike Air Max 90 sneakers

sneaker color: white
Pictured above: Nike Air Max 90
  1. Pull the fabric from the inside hem straight out from your leg.
  2. Wrap the excess fabric you’ve pulled around to the back of your leg.
  3. Start rolling where you have the jean wrapped and work your way around the leg.
  4. Roll 1-2 times until the roll is tight (but not too tight).
  5. Cuff should sit around one inch.

Kicks to Complement: The most versatile of cuffs, show off any of your favorite sneakers with this look.

Custom Fit Your Jeans: Levi’s 501 Shrink-To-Fit

Custom Fit Your Jeans: Levi’s 501 Shrink-To-Fit

Levi's Shrink to Fit

Have you ever wanted a jean that would custom fit to your body? Look no further! The Levi’s 501 Original Shrink-To-Fit Jean does just that. This classic-fitting jean is made from authentic raw denim, perfect for forming to your body.
So how exactly do you go about getting these jeans to custom fit? Well, there are three different Levi’s recommended methods to this custom-fitting madness:

1. Go old school: buy true to size in the waist and two sizes up in length. Wear them in the tub, keep on to dry.

2. Line Dry: buy two sizes larger in length and waist. Machine wash on warm, and air dry for a rigid feel.

3. Unwashed: no need to size up — just hang them outside in the sun from time to time to keep them fresh.

In order to properly assess each of these methods, we tested it ourselves. Check out the before and after pictures below along with an overview of how the process worked.

Old School Bath Tub Method

Shrink to Fit Levi's - Bathtub Method

Bath tub method? Yes, you’re actually supposed to sit in a bath tub with your Levi’s on. Sounds silly, but we found out that it really works.

What We Did: Had our tester sit in warm water for 15-20 minutes, towel off his pants, and sit in them for 4 hours until they were almost dry.

The Result: THEY SHRANK! As you can see in the photos, the length of the jeans definitely came up a couple of inches, and the fit became a little more narrow through the legs and across the backside.

Tips: If you’re fully committed to wearing the pants until they’re completely dry, try it on a warm day when you can sit/walk outside. However, we understand that this method might not be for everyone, so here are some tips to speed up the drying process: towel dry excess water after exiting the bathtub, use a hair dryer to dry the pants while still wearing them, or tumble dry in the dryer on low until damp, then wear until completely dry.

Line Dry Method

Shrink to Fit Levi's - Line Dry Method

This method is less complicated and had a similar result to the previous method.

What We Did: Had our tester wash the jeans in warm water and hung them to dry inside.

The Result: The jeans shrank like they were supposed to, but not quite to the extent that the old school method did.

Tips: If you like the feel of rigid denim, wash less to maintain the raw authenticity.

Unwashed Method

Shrink to Fit Levi's - Unwashed Method

For those of you who love the feel of raw denim, this is the method for you.

What We Did: Our tester wore his true-to-size jeans around for a couple days, then hung them outside when he felt they needed to be freshened up.

The Result: No shrinkage, and the jeans kept their rigid feel.

Shop our 10+ colors of the Levi’s 501 Shrink to Fit Jeans and get your customized fit today!

Levi’s Fit Guide

Levi’s Fit Guide

From slim to loose, we have the perfect pair of jeans for you! Not sure what fit to buy? We’re here to help. Check out the different fits below to find your perfect pair of Levi’s to love.

Note For All Fits: Stay true to size for a slimmer look, or go up a size to get a more relaxed fit.

Slim Fit: Levi’s 511

Levi's 511

Stay on trend in these Levi’s 511 jeans that are cut close to the body without being too restricting.

Works best for: Slender builds
Fit: Between skinny and straight
Leg: Slim through thigh and leg opening
Rise: Just below the waist

Slim Straight: Levi’s 514

Levi's 514

Levi’s 514 are the perfect jeans for the modern man.

Works best for: Athletic to medium builds
Fit: Slimmer leg without being skinny
Leg: Straight leg opening from knee to ankle with room in the thigh
Rise: Sits just below the waist with room in the seat

Original Fit: Levi’s 501

Levi's 501

When you think of a great classic pair of jeans, the Levi’s 501 is what comes to mind.

Works best for: All builds
Fit: Regular fit
Leg: Straight leg
Rise: Medium rise sits right at the waist

Athletic Fit: Levi’s 541

Levi's 541

The unique look of the Levi’s 541 will give you the best of both worlds — loose with the room you need without looking baggy.

Works best for: Medium to athletic builds
Fit: Loose
Leg: Tapered leg for a less baggy look
Rise: Sits right at the waist with a relaxed seat

Loose Fit: Levi’s 569

Levi's 569

If you love your jeans loose and baggy, then you’ll love the Levi’s 569.

Works best for: Athletic builds
Fit: Loose
Leg: Straight leg with room in the thighs
Rise: Sits below the waist with room in the seat

Need more denim to add to your collection? We have plenty of other jeans brands with comparable fits such as: Southpole, Kennedy Denim, Fourth Of November, Akoo, Civil Clothing, LRG, and DNM. Make sure to check them all out at eastbay.com.