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
Fold up your jeans about an inch.
Tuck the hem behind the roll if you’d like, or leave it out.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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