01 Jun Roll ‘em :: The Latest Denim Trend
One of the hottest street style trends with no sign of stopping is rolling or cuffing the hem of your jeans. So before the blistering hot days of summer arrive, the ones where you can’t bear to even look at denim, we wanted to give some tips on how to roll ’em right.
Actually borrowed from the boys, we think this trend looks best with skinny or boyfriend jeans. And while the look has a certain casual, thrown together look – it’s essential to choose the right jean for the roll, perfect your technique, and then pair it with right shoe.
How high to go with the roll is actually determined by the shoe, but in all cases you don’t want to look like you just rolled up your pants so you can wade through some water!
Generally, the closer the bottom of the roll to the ankle, the lower the heel. With ballet flats, birks, or Converse you’ll want to graze the ankle bone; The exception here is the menswear inspired oxford, we like the oxford with more of the ankle showing, a couple of inches or so. 1-2″ above the ankle for a chunky wedge sandal or heels.
If you’re wearing lace-up sandals or espadrilles, use the top of the lace up as your guide — you want to stop about an inch or so above the top of the laces. Same goes for a shoe with an ankle strap, you want some space between the top of the strap and bottom of your roll. It’s counterintuitive, but this will actually lengthen the leg.
Now, what jeans work best with a roll? Too full a jean, and the wrong roll and you’ll have instant parachute pants. This is not what we’re going for!
Skinnies are perfect for a basic roll, or a hem flip so you get just the right amount of ankle. A deep single cuff also works with jeans without too much volume.
Boyfriend jeans are the most challenging – you’ll want to do a “pin roll” or half cuff to get that certain insouciance. Fold the excess fabric along the inseam and then start your roll. We like the boyfriend jean with a deep pin roll and oxfords or heels.
These casual looks are also perfect for a DIY. Want a cropped look? Chop off the hem? Want more tailoring in a baggy boyfriend jean? Watch this video from the folks who know denim best – Levi’s:
Want a fancy contrast cuff:
We’ve got some great jeans and the shoes you need to pair them with at Haute Again!