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Elvis Presley knew his way around a trim cuff.

The Cuff Code

Cuffed denim is as old as the blue jean itself. And every couple of decades, a new proportion or trend emerges. In the '50s and '60s, the style was a carefree single cuff but by the '80s and '90s, it was a trim, tight roll. Today's cuffs are cropping up in every style. From the disheveled fold to the crisp cuff, how you roll says a lot about you.

The Upturn

What it says: You like things simple and sophisticated. Or you want to show you sprung for the selvedge denim.

How to do it: Simply turn up the hem. The width can vary from a quarter-inch to over two inches.

Wide Cuff

What it says: You're easy-going and a tad rugged. Or you couldn't be bothered to have your jeans hemmed.

How to do it: Fold your hem up and over twice. Run your fingers around the cuff to ensure a crisp crease.

Trim Cuff

What it says: You prefer a tailored, traditional look. Or you feel it's the only style that pairs well with narrow jeans.

How to do it: Same as the wide, but the cuff should only be between an inch and an inch and a half tall.

The Roll

What it says: You're modern and a tad preppy. Or you like drawing attention to your ankles.

How to do it: Make a double (or triple) cuff about an inch and a half wide, then squish it down slightly to muss it up. Make sure it's uniquely disheveled. Some of the cuff should tuck into itself.







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