J.Crew Tells Us Its Secret Trick for Cuffed Sleeves

Of the many things J.Crew does phenomenally wellcostume jewelry, collaborations with heritage brands, and imaginative printsthe coolly casual way the brand’s looks are styled is at the top of the list. We’re always inspired by the effortlessness of the partially tucked-in tees, strategic layering, and cool accessorizing we spot on the brand's models. So, when we heard a rumor that there was an actual formula for executing the catalog’s flawlessly cuffed sleeves, we had to know more. Luckily, its head women’s stylist, Gayle Spannaus, was happy to share all of the details. Follow Spannaus’s step-by-step cuff instructions with the Everyday Chambray Shirt ($78) to perfect the look at homebefore you know it, you’ll be on a roll.

Step One


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Start by unbuttoning the entire sleeve. 

Step Two


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Fold the shirt halfway up your arm, so that the cuff lies across the elbow. 

Step Three


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Roll the bottom sleeve up the arm once, so it covers cuff’s seam. 

Step Four


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Roll the bottom of the sleeve up the arm one more time, starting from the bottom inside corner and tug the upper, outside fold so it sticks out. 

Step Five


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To achieve that scrunched look, push the sleeve up the arm so the cuff sits comfortable right above the elbow. 

Final Look


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Voila! An effortless cuffed sleeve look you can try with all of crisp your button-ups.  

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Now you know how to cuff your sleeves to perfection. Take it one step further by learning exactly how to style yours.

Opening Image: Collage Vintage.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.