A Guide to Cuffing Women's Pants

Extend the Style and Versatility of Work Pants

Cuffing pants is an easy way to change the look, style and vibe of an outfit. It can extend the versatility of any pair of pants - even those you wear to work - by making them more casual and adding a “cool factor.” It can be intimidating to try, so we created a guideline for how to cuff different types of pants with various cuff styles.

If you remember nothing else, this is your takeaway: Keep it short + tight.

  • Short: Weight of the cuffs matter
    • Avoid long and/or full-length cuffs and aim to cuff your pants somewhere above your ankles for the most flattering length. 
  • Tight: The cuff opening should be close to the size of your leg.
    • Stick to already slim or tapered styles, or pinrolling (see below) some straight leg styles to taper the opening. This is to reduce the visual “weight” at the bottom. Wide cuff openings will abruptly cut your legs short.

Cuffing Pants for Short Women - Elongate your legs!
Some women believe they are too short to cuff their pants. Not true! Cuffing your pants to an appropriate ankle length can actually elongate and be much more flattering for short legs. Tips: Keep a thin, neat fold and make sure to make cleaner fold lines here (as opposed to a softer roll).

Rolls and Cuff Styles
The types of cuffs discussed below include the following: 

  • Neat Cuff: Classic and easiest to make. Can be a wide or skinny cuff - experiment! 
  • Exposed Double Roll: A slightly different take on the Neat Cuff. It's great to wear with ankle booties!
  • Pinroll: Creating a tapered look
  • Messy Roll: An effortless way to look casual and cool. Also, easy to do

Some common examples of when you may want to cuff pants are below, along with how to create the pant cufffs. 

 

An Office to Casual Outfit with a Neat Cuff

Office appropriate: Work trousers with heels.

Trousers with Heels

After-work: Same work trousers, with a skinny, neat cuff with slip-ons.

Cuffed Trousers with sneakers

For the weekend: Another example with the same work trousers, with a slightly larger neat cuff, worn with casual sandals.

Trousers cuffed with birkenstocks

How to do the Neat Cuff: 

  1. Fold up once approximately the size of your desired cuff height
  2. Roll again slightly higher than your first roll
  3. Scrunch down 

 

A Formal to Downtown Look with the Exposed Double Roll

Take a classic tailored pant, such as the 24/7 pant and create a new look for after-work or weekend activities.

Office appropriate: Work pants with heels

Women's Work Pants

After-work: Same tailored work pants, with a double-rolled cuff and sneakers

Cuffed Women's Work Pants

How to do the exposed double roll cuff: 

  1. Fold hem up a little over twice the size you want your cuff to be.
  2. Fold the bottom edge again, cuffing to your desired height and leaving just a sliver of your pants hem peeking out over your cuff

 

Switching Silhouettes with a Pinroll

This example shows how you can mix things up for different silhouettes. Shown is the Bravi casual pant, worn with and without a pinroll cuff. This is a straight-leg pant, and pinrolling helps to taper it in so that the cuff gets closer to the leg.

Casual Pant Messy Roll Cuff

How to Pinroll:

  1. At the inseam, make a pleat going from back to front, hold on to the pleat as you proceed to your first roll
  2. Make your first roll about the desired cuff height, still holding onto the pleat
  3. Make your second roll, usually a messier roll helps keep the pleat in place
  4. Depending on material and size of your cuff, you may or may not need a third roll 

 

Changing it up with Messy Rolls

This example shows how you can mix things up for different silhouettes. Shown is the Bravi casual pant, worn with and without a pinroll cuff, which is slightly messier than a regular neat cuff. 

 

Casual Pants Messy Cuff

 How to create the messy cuff: 

  1. Fold up once approximately the size of your desired cuff height
  2. Roll again slightly higher than your first roll
  3. Scrunch down