5 easy styling tips from our founder
Unbutton the end of the sleeve if it’s got buttons. Pull the end of the sleeve over itself, folding it up halfway up your arm until the end of the sleeve reaches just above your elbow. Grab the exposed inner sleeve –– which is now closest to your wrist –– and roll it up a few times loosely over itself again, leaving just a bit of the original sleeve end exposed, but covering its seam. Roll the bottom of the sleeve once more, then tug the outside sleeve end toward your shoulder, until there’s about 3 inches peeking out of the rolled cuff. Push the upper sleeve up your arm until the rolled cuff is resting just above your elbow, so that the sleeve fabric is looser around your upper arms. Stylist tip: a cuffed sleeve should look purposeful, but not tortured. Don’t aim for even rolls or perfect symmetry. This technique should look casual and effortless.
Depending on the cut of the jeans and the style you’re going for, the size of the finished cuff will vary. But no matter the size, the technique is pretty similar. Simply fold the end of your jeans up a few inches. Then fold it up again once or twice, depending on the desired pant length and cuff width. Smaller cuffs look better with slimmer fits, and wider cuffs look best with wider cut denim. Experiment with differently-sized cuffs until you achieve the most pleasing proportions. For a casual look, bunch up the bottom of the cuff after rolling, then fold the top hem down to hold it in place.
Put on your favorite long shirt, and straighten the bottom hem against your body. Fold up the center of the bottom hem under the shirt. If the shirt is really long, you can fold it twice. Gather the neatly-folded hem in your hands and hold it at your navel. Tuck the folded hem a few inches into your jeans, just above the belt, while leaving the sides and back hanging out of the pants. We love this look with a button-down shirt.
Try buttoning the blazer all the way to the top so there’s no need for an undershirt or cami. The angle of the blazer’s lapel will create a clean v-line along your collarbone which can vary from conservative to plunging, depending on the cut of the blazer.
Try wearing a different belt than the standard one that comes with your garment. If there’s extra length at the end of the belt, try this monkish and eye-catching tying technique:
- After threading the end of the belt through the buckle and securing the buckle’s peg through the appropriate hole, don’t slide the end of the belt back into the strap that usually holds it in place. Instead, pull the end of the belt up and underneath the part of the strip that’s wrapped around your waist, creating a loop.
Then, push the end of the belt back down through the loop so the tip points downward, making a loose, elegant knot.