James Dean was the master when it came to cuffs or turnups/rollups, on trousers. This trend has returned and we are all wondering whether to embrace and how we are supposed to wear it. Why adopt the cuff trend? It’s simple really, it adds a bit of visual interest to the bottom of your trousers, they also add some physical weight – which can help your trousers hang more attractively. In some cases they can help your trousers hold their crease.
Adopt The Cuff Trend
It’s really up to you. The cuff rule seems to be that they go with pleated trousers and plain hems with flat fronts. However, you can just try the look with flat-front pants and decide whether it suits you or not. Worse case scenario you have to bend over to unroll them (I know, so much physical exersize! Why, oh why?!).
Don’t neglect your socks. They are so crucial in the final touches of the whole look. Make sure your socks are looking dapper-as-can-be.
What And When Should I Cuff?
The cuff-less pant is generally a smarter look. A cuffed pant is both old-school and modern. The cuff-look for 2013 is the way forward and for the weight and visual aspects I would use it. Be careful because not all trousers look good in cuffs. Some chinos can work this look, but again its just down to common sense. Does this really look cool? You don’t want to be cuffing you three-quarter length trousers – there no need.
Too Short For Cuffs?
Personally I think taller men can wear cuffs better than shorter men. This is modern fashion and a golden rule to abide by if you are on the shorter side is that; the length should be 5’7” and wear a break less two inch cuffs.
What Size Should My Cuffs Be?
One of the trends right now is the two inch cuff. However don’t be afraid to create your own size and style of cuff, as long as it looks good – go for it! The size of the cuff is determined by the size of the man. For the fashion technical people out there 1 and 3/4” cuffs look good on a long-legged people. But 1 and a 1/2” is also a safe option.
- It’s all down to personal choice. The cuff look is best on pleated trousers – they help the trouser hang better. On flat fronts, it’s down to the desired look.
- Don’t go cuffing everything in your wardrobe, you want a bit of variety.
- If you want to try it, then go for it! Cuff’s can make people on the shorter side look a bit taller, but be warned this isn’t the case all the time.
- Cuffed pants had a full break in the past, that’s no longer a fashion requisite.
- 2” is huge, 1 3/4” is big, 1 1/2” is moderate, 1 1/4” is small. If it looks right do it.