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Style Check-In:
Do you Cuff Your Chinos?

roll it up

By Style Girlfriend | Jan 5 2018

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There are plenty of ways to show off your own unique sense of personal style when it comes to your outfit. Those little tweaks that set you apart and make you stand out (in a good way!) from your fellow students or workplace peers. Maybe you layer a cardigan into a suited look, add a bracelet next to a watch on your wrist, or reach for a bright color or pattern where others would opt for a neutral or solid.
Today, as part of our continuing No Jeans January challenge, I want to talk about one such style touch:

Guys, do you roll or cuff your chinos?

If so, when? All year round, or just the summertime, and even then, sometimes…nah?
If you’re instinctively recoiling in horror from your phone or computer screen right now reading this, I get it. A rolled or pegged pant leg used to make me think of the dweeb in a bad ’80s movie, too.

To Cuff or Not to Cuff

But these days, we both know a rolled cuff is officially a good look. If you don’t believe me, head to J.Crew, where I found the torso-less legs above). Approximately 99.99% of the models sporting chinos are flashing some serious ankle.
It’s not that you have to cuff your pants to look cool, but you certainly shouldn’t be afraid to at least try it. As the folks over at The Idle Man put it, “You’ll be surprised how drastically this can change up a look and give it new dimensions.”

An All-Season Style

Sure, it’s easier to justify flashing some skin in the warmer months, but don’t be afraid to roll your chinos in the winter as well. Just add a tall sock instead of a no-show one. Just like it’s fun to see a glimpse of a colorful sock when a man crosses his legs in a suit, seeing some of your sock when you roll your chinos is a good look, not a faux pas.

Try the Look

Fair warning: this is one of those spend a few minutes making it look like you didn’t spend any time at all wardrobe flairs.

There are a few ways you can roll your pant legs, depending on the length of your pants and the stiffness of the material. Check out this SG video for a simple way to cuff your pant legs, whether jeans or chinos.

Just remember: (1) you’re going for easy breezy, not military precision in your cuff, and (2) don’t cuff them too high: Us ladies want to see ankle, not calf.

TELL ME:

DO YOU ROCK A CUFFED CHINO, OR IS THAT TOO MUCH SKIN FOR YOU?

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