Cuffing your jeans is stylish, and can also help shorten the length of jeans that fit too long. 

In this article we give you instructions on how to cuff tall jeans using the 6 most popular methods. 

Use these cuffs on skinny or baggy jeans made from both light or dark denim. These cuffing methods are versatile and fun, so play around with them and see which ones works best with you personal style, as well as your shoe collection.

Cuffing your jeans may put more focus on your shoes, so make sure you wash your shoes often and clean your shoelaces. 

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How To Cuff Jeans

How To Cuff Jeans

Cuffing your jeans is another angle in dressing up your jeans. Let your fashion sense flourish with the jean cuff.

Before you start cuffing you should give your jeans a once-over to make sure they are clean. Jeans shouldn’t be washed often, but you need to know how to wash your jeans properly when you do. Don’t dry your jeans in the dryer, instead line dry them or dry flat then iron your jeans once fully dry. And finally hang your jeans in the closer or fold your jeans to tuck away in a drawer so they don’t get wrinkled before you cuff them.

If you are short on time and can’t wait for them to air dry then make sure you know how to use a dryer properly so you don’t shrink your jeans. Read our article on how to wash jeans without shrinking for more insight, because jeans do shrink in the dryer.

Use the instructions below to learn how to cuff jeans. You can also replace the word cuff with “roll. Ie: How to roll jeans.

Single cuff

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

The single cuff is the OG of jean cuffing, and is quick, easy to do, and stylish. 

The single cuff method is best used when the length of your jeans is already perfect or near perfect. Make sure the cuff is even all the way around if you are trying to achieve a clean, modern look. If you are looking for a more casual and carefree outfit, you may leave the cuff looking uneven. 

Singel cuff step one

Have jeans sitting normal.

this is a photo of the first step in a single cuff where the jean is laying normal

Single cuff step two

Flip the bottom of your jeans upwards and outwards, about 2 inches (5 cm) above the hem. That’s it. Now you’re ready to go.

this is the second step of the single cuff jeans where the jean is cuffed once

Double cuff

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

The double cuff is a single cuff, done twice. 

This method is best used when you are trying to take a little bit of length off your jeans. If your jeans are 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) too long, then the double cuff is perfect for you. 

Double cuff step one

Have jeans sitting normal.

this is a photo of the first step in a double cuff where the jean is laying normal

Double cuff tep two

Make a single cuff on your jeans about 2 inches (5cm) above the hem.

this is the second step in a double cuff jean where the jean is cuffed once

Double cuff step three

Make a second cuff on your jeans another 2 inches (5cm.) Complete the fold for the double cuff.

this is a photo of the third step in the double cuff for jeans

Skinny cuff

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

If you like the double cuff style, but have jeans that are too short for it, then the skinny cuff may be for you.  

This method works best when used on fitted, slim, or skinny jeans, 

Skinny cuff step one

Have jeans sitting normal.

this is a photo of the first step in a skinny cuff where the jean is laying normal

Skinny cuff step two

Fold the bottom of the jeans up 0.5 to 1 inches (1.5 to 3cm.)

this is a photo of the second step of the skinny cuff

Skinny cuff step three

Roll two or three more times, depending on the length your your jeans.

this is a photo of a skinny cuff on jeans

Pin roll

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

The pin roll will give your jeans a tapered look, especially from in the area from the knee to the ankle. This method also helps to showcase your shoes, so if you have on your best pair of kicks, then you may want to pin roll your jeans. 

This method is best used on tapered jeans that have a little too much length. 

Pin roll step one

Have jeans sitting normal.

this is a photo of the first step in a pin roll where the jean is laying normal

Pin roll step two

Grab the loose fabric on the backside of your jeans near your achilles tendon, and then pinch the inseam and fold vertically (up and down.)

This is a photo of tall paul pinching the jeans to pin roll them

Pin roll step three

Do a single cuff 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 cm) upwards and outwards, as you continue to hold the excess fabric between your fingers. Use the cuff the trap the excess fabric.

this is a photo of step three on how to pin roll jeans

Pin roll step four

Repeat the cuff one more time for a sturdy cuff, and for a nice tapered look.

this is a photo of step four on how to pin roll jeans

Mega cuff

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

The mega cuff is also known as the deep cuff, and is named this way because it is just a “mega” or enlarged version of the single cuff. 

This cuff is not for everyone and can be quite difficult to pull off well. This method is not suitable for jeans made from thin denim, because the fold will need some strength to stay in place.

This method is more suitable for tall men as opposed to short men, because the mega/deep cuff tends to make your legs look shorter. 

For best results use this method with baggy jeans made from thicker denim fabric.

Mega cuff step one

Have jeans sitting normal.

this is a photo of a straight pant leg to mega cuff

Mega cuff step two

Do a single roll upwards about 10 cm or 4 inches.

this is a photo of step two on how to mega cuff jeans

Bicycle cuff

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

The bicycle cuff is useful for active situations such as riding a bike, walking on the beach, or working in the garden. This cuff is more about keeping your jeans clean and protecting than from damage, then it is about style or fashion.

You’ve probably done this cuff a few times already, but you didn’t know it had a name!

Bicycle cuff step one

Have jeans sitting normal.

this is a photo of the first step in a bicycle cuff where the jean is laying normal

Bicycle cuff step two

Do a double cuff, or if your jeans are still loose, do a triple or quadruple cuff.

this is a photo of step two on how to bicycle cuff jeans

Bicycle cuff step three

Slide the jeans up to the midway point of your calves.

this is a photo of step three on how to bicycle cuff jeans

How to cuff jeans: quick tips

Use these tips when cuffing your jeans using one of the above methods.

  • The cuff on your jeans should not sit any higher than the top of your shoe, unless you are doing the bicycle cuff. 
  • Dark denim looks nice when cuffed because of the dark/light denim contrast created by the roll. 
  • Cuffs are best used when your jeans are too long (you can tailor your jeans.) If the length of your jeans is perfect or too short, then you should not be cuffing them. 
  • The size of your cuff should match the style of your jeans. If your jeans are baggy, consider a bigger and more chunky cuff. If you jeans are skinny, keep the cuff slim and neat. 
  • You may want to use pins or a fabric adhesive to hold the cuff in place if it starts to roll down. 

FAQ

Cuff your jeans according to their length and fit. Do not try to cuff jeans if they are too short. Use larger cuffs on baggy jeans, and use a slim and neat cuff on skinny/fitted jeans.

Cuffing your jeans has become very stylish and practical. It is not weird to cuff your jeans, it is weird to wear jeans that are too long and dragging on the floor!