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How to Cuff Your Jeans Like a Fashion Person

An illustrated guide.

If you've been around the block in fashion, you know that using a good tailor is one of the best ways to look and feel great in your clothing. But even if you make a regular habit of getting pieces altered to fit your specific size and shape, there may still come some mornings when you pull out your favorite pair of jeans, try them on and realize they're not hitting at quite the right height for the shoes you planned on wearing.

Luckily, you don't have to wait for a trip to your tailor to make them work — you can just cuff 'em. Whether you plan to roll them up multiple times, want to show off the fraying raw hem or hope to make a bold statement by sporting an extra-wide cuff, we've got the inspiration you need to cuff your jeans like your favorite fashion people do.

The Roll

The roll is one of the easiest and most versatile cuff styles, as it lets you adjust to the exact length you want by rolling up or down. Just don't start the roll too narrow or you can end up with a donut-like ring around your ankles rather than a cuff, which should sit relatively flat against your leg.

The One-Step Cuff

This simple cuff is made by pulling the bottom hem of the pant up just once, and it can be as wide or as narrow as you'd like to achieve the desired length. This style looks especially good with worn-in blue jeans in a slightly relaxed fit. 

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The Raw Hem Cuff

With its DIY ease and grungy appeal, it's not hard to see why the cutoff hem is everywhere of late. The raw hem cuff applies the same principle as the one-step cuff, but to a pair of jeans that have the bottom hem cut off. This doubles as a good way to keep the fringe dangling off the edge of your hem from trailing in the dirt.

The Extra-Wide Cuff

Super-wide cuffs are not for the faint of heart, as they make the biggest statement of any cuff style. But that's part of what makes them so fun, too. Whether you pair your extra-wide cuffed jeans with sneakers, heels or even bare feet, they're an easy way to take a simple outfit up a notch.

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