September 17, 2013

Dress & Grooming, Style, Visual Guides

How to Roll Your Shirt Sleeves: Your 60-Second Visual Guide

The Basic Roll. Best for performing physical labor. Benefits: simple and intuitive. Unbutton cuff and any gauntlet buttons further up sleeve. Flip cuff back and inside out. Fold back, using the cuff to set the width, until band of rolled cloth is just below elbow – higher when engaging in physical labor.  The casual forearm roll. Best for casual dress, thin arms, layers. Benefits: involves the least folding, easiest to unroll without wrinkles. Unbutton cuff. Undo gauntlet buttons according to preference. Flip cuff back and inside out. Fold over once, hiding cuff behind a band of sleeve fabric. Stop there and tuck corners of cuff in neatly.  The Master/Italian Roll. Best for rolling sleeves with style, showing off cuffs with inner contrasting color. Benefits: easy to adjust and unfold. Unbutton cuff. Undo gauntlet buttons according to preference. Flip cuff back and inside out. Take bottom of inside-out portion and fold it up until it traps bottom cuff. Show as much of the inside-out cuff as you desire.

Some sleeve-rolling techniques are better and more appropriate than others depending on the garment and the occasion. Here’s your 60-second illustrated guide to figuring out which roll will work best for you and how to do it.

For an in-depth guide to rolling your sleeves, check out this article.

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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