One of the fashion trends I have always hated is the rolling of the pants. The execution of such a move has always been a weakness for me and I also don’t always like the way it looks. However, as we move into the summer months especially, knowing when to roll, how to roll and when not to roll are very important when putting together your looks. So take the following tips from Trunk Club and use them to your advantage!
Before pre-shrunk denim was introduced in the ’60s, men would buy jeans a few sizes too large—and a bit too long—knowing they’d shrink. This meant rolling the bottom was necessary to eliminate too much bunching at the ankle (it also served as a nice place to keep a pack of cigarettes). The cuff resurfaced in the ’80s, this time a little higher and a little tighter. Like many questionable tends of the ’80s, Milli Vanilli and mullets to name a few, that look isn’t something we’d like to relive. Nevertheless, the roll lives on, so we’re here to shed some light on the topic and provide a few guidelines for rolling without going too far.
The Casual Roll:
Rolling is a relaxed move, so it works best with casual shoes like sneakers, boat shoes, and boots. Especially boots. How much to roll? We typically cap it at twice depending on the length of your pants.
The Semi-Casual Roll:
We don’t recommend rolling with streamlined dress shoes because the contrast doesn’t work. That said, loafers are hardly dress shoes, so a slight roll is appropriate— preferably sockless.
The Very-Casual Roll (otherwise known as the Vacation Roll):
All things are a little more relaxed when the temperature rises, and that goes for the rules of rolling as well. Go ahead and give your cotton or linen pants a slightly higher roll and let your ankles catch the breeze. This is the kind of look that says the only question on my mind is “salt or no salt?”
Salt. Always salt.