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Do you roll up your cuffs or hem 'em?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by billiebob, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. billiebob

    billiebob Senior member

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    Just got a pair of APC new standards raw. They are, as expected, far too long. (loose in the waistband too, but that's another topic)

    What's your strategy with the length/shrinkage issues?

    Do you assume they will shrink 2 inches and have them properly hemmed? Or do you just roll them up 3 inches?
    I don't want to wash them for a while, but the roll up look doesn't appeal to me. It calls attention to the fact that these are project jeans.

    thanks.
     
  2. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    With my Nudie Jeans, which are raw/dry, I turn them up on the outside of the leg at the back, and on the inside at the front.

    Looks less dramatic than the full roll-up, and it doesn't look like I'm trying to show off selvage, which I think is a little bit gauche.
     
  3. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    I'm having a hard time picturing that.... doesn't it fall off (your roll) since it isn't going all the way around?

    Most of my jeans I roll.
     
  4. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    depends on the shoes. With my boots, or other big heeled italian pointy shoes, I can live with a 2-3 inches rollup. When I'm wearing sneakers however, I'd need more like a 4" rollup, then I just do a double 2" rollup. I expect my dry nudies to shrink a bit when first washed, that's why I'm not hemming them right now.

    .luc
     
  5. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    It's far from being as tacky as unbuttoning your sleeves cuffs. Only a hanfdul of people would be able to spot selvege in the streets anyway.

    .luc
     
  6. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    Nope. Doesn't move at all. [​IMG] A less stiff denim probably would, though.
    True, although I had a denim freak in a store lunge at my cuff and turn it up to see if they were selvage.
     
  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I just hem them a half an inch longer than usual. Since both Nudies and APCs are sanforized, I've never foound them to shrink very much, if at all.
     
  8. Fuuma

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    For some reason my new standards are the only jeans I have that aren't hemmed. I would need something like a 30" inseam but wear their 36" inseam overlong with 2" cuffs and some bunching up at the lower legs. I have no idea why I did that but it looks right so they'll stay that way...
     
  9. aybojs

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    Rolling them looks tacky as all hell, especially now that raw denim/selevedge has got its own poser crowd who, as usual, misses the point and makes a big deal out of doing it to show a few red lines on the inside stitching. Not that everyone who does it fits that category, but I can't help but think, "lame." whenever I see it on denim models. Fortunately, I've never seen it done in real life.

    I think Luc's analogy about rolling up cuffs and unbuttoning sleeves is somewhat off, and that a more apt analogy would be someone completely unbuttoning his sleeve and rolling it up to his elbow to show up the lining. Being ostentatious is fine, as long as it's done with subtlety. I think Nick's method is preferable, especially in the cases with raw denim when there are practical reasons for not hemming right away.
     
  10. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    Interesting perspectives... I think (even without the purpose of showing off selvage) cuffing jeans is fine. It's a different look; I don't see anything obnoxious about it.
     
  11. trampzilla

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    I think cuffing is fine as long as you are wearing bootcut or slightly flared jeans and as long as you are not rolling up more than an inch or inch & half at most. On straight leg or tapered jeans and if it's more than two inches cuffing looks ridiculous like a waistband up to you belly-button.
     
  12. Get Smart

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    funny because i think cuffing bootleg/flared jeans looks TERRIBLE.....cuffs should only be on straight leg jeans

    and *imho* if you cant rock real cuffs 2+", then why bother....<1" cuffs look silly to me. it's like sitting with your feet in the kiddie pool rather than jumping into the deep end at a pool party
     
  13. trampzilla

    trampzilla Member

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    this is what I picture when I think of cuffing straight leg: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] in other words: hideous
     
  14. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    yea that is the *wrong* way to cuff jeans, no matter what the cut here's the right way....Mr Eddie Cochran, double cuffed 2.5" or so. Â (he's wearing boots so they're a tad high above the ankle) [​IMG]
     
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    Get Smart Senior member

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    this is how *I* like to rock my cuffs, as Annika and Alex perfectly demonstrate [​IMG]
     
  16. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Hi, first post. Are you guys being serious about your styles of cuffing? Is there a thread with different cuffing styles or techniques? I have a pair I want to start cuffing because they are too long but I tend to think cuffing looks bad.
     
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    Hi, first post. Are you guys being serious about your styles of cuffing? Is there a thread with different cuffing styles or techniques? I have a pair I want to start cuffing because they are too long but I tend to think cuffing looks bad.

    Well, with my slightly-too-long APCs I just rolled the hems up a little in the back when they were new. Since they shrank over an inch after the first wash, the length is perfect now, plus they've gotten some pretty nice 'hem whiskers'. Not a fan of cuffs, though it can sometimes look good on 501 style jeans--depending on the size of the cuff.
     
  18. Jetta

    Jetta Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2.5" cuff on my APC's and I think it looks good, I dont really like the look of the bigger cuffs like on the pics on page 1. I don't cuff my Nudies since I just don't like the look of a cuff on a bootleg jean, just too wide and swayey for my tastes.
     
  19. YoungPunch

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    Yeah, we are totally serious about how we do our cuffs.

    I like to wear cuffs: I like the style, the way it looks. And yes, I also do it to show off my selvage outseam. Its a signal to anyone in the know that I appreciate high quality denim.

    Also, I alternate between cuffing and "bunching" at the bottom/not cuffing depending on what I am wearing. If I am wearing my schott leather jacket or western style shirt, and redwing boots with my LVC 1947 you can sure as hell bet I am cuffing my jeans.

    On other days however, I am wearing my jeans uncuffed with my MHI or fiberops t-shirt and vans vault slip ons so they bunch on the bottom and look "baggier" for that japanese streetwear/ skater look.
     
  20. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Hi, first post. Are you guys being serious about your styles of cuffing? Is there a thread with different cuffing styles or techniques? I have a pair I want to start cuffing because they are too long but I tend to think cuffing looks bad.
    I have two pairs of jeans that are too long. Since I haven't bothered to get them hemmed, I have ~2" cuffed one pair (Uniqlo selvage straight leg) and cut the outseam up an inch on the other (APC New Standards) and let them fall where they may. I ride my motorbike in both of these jeans, so I like the extra length. When I ride in the Uniqlos, I can flip the cuff down and my ankles don't get cold.
     

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