How to: Roll up shirt sleeves (effectively)

December 8, 2009 · 12 comments

in How To

Hey gents —

A friend had asked me how to best roll up one’s sleeves, and I figured this might be a common question among men, so I thought I’d address it in a post. Frankly, there are many ways to do this, but haphazard solutions often fall short in terms of long-lasting positioning and minimal fret (read: least amount of times having to roll and re-roll them up.)

Surely there are several methods and it’s all a matter of preference, but I wanted to share one process that hasn’t failed me.

How to: Roll up shirt sleeves effectivelyclick image to view set

  1. Start with your sleeve unbuttoned at the cuff and the placket.
  2. Grab the cuff and while in the process of folding up once, pull up towards your shoulder. Stop when the seam where the cuff/sleeve meet lines up with the fold of your elbow.
  3. Take the material below that point, and fold up towards your shoulder.
  4. Straighten it all up. You’ve done this right if you have a snugly-fitting roll.

Easy, right?

If you have other ways you like to roll up those sleeves, feel free to share them in the comments.


Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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