Four Different Ways to Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves

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If you’ve caught a glimpse of politicians while they were on the campaign trail you may notice that they tend to roll up their sleeves when talking to the public. While there may be a skeptical part of you that realizes that said political figure is trying to look like an average citizen, there may be another part that really likes the look of rolled up sleeves.

The thing is politicians have the the right idea. Besides being stylish, rolling up your shirt sleeves actually serves several purposes, that you too, should now be aware of.

When and Why to Roll to Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves

Practical Necessity – There will be times when you have to roll up your sleeves. You may be working with your hands and have to roll them up so that your sleeves will not get snagged, dirty or just in the way, like when moving heavy items or when washing your hands. When the task is done you can always roll them back down.

High Temperatures – Despite a light cotton dress shirt being comfortable in most temperatures, there are times when the heat is unbearable. Rolling up your shirt sleeves can add some much needed airflow. Just remember, this may not be appropriate in all workplaces. If you’re outside with direct sunlight on you, you should be alright. But, rolling them up in the office should be reserved for extreme heat.

Deliberate Casual Attitude – Rolling up your sleeves is style that signals you’re done with work and can relax a bit. It’s a great look when grabbing a drink during Happy Hour, when going out during the weekend or hosting a party or informal meeting.

Basic Guidelines

Before we show you how to roll up the sleeves of your shirt, here are a couple of guidelines.

  • Wear shirts that compliment your physique.
  • At a minimum, show several inches of wrist.
  • Typical, rolling up your sleeves below your elbow is the more stylish option. Forearms should definitely, while the elbows should only be seen when in a necessary situation, like working with your hands.
  • Jackets aren’t usually rolled up. If you need to it’s easier to take it off.
  • There numerous ways to roll up your sleeves and there really isn’t a right or wrong way. Just find that one that works for you.

4 Ways to Roll Up Your Sleeves

Now we’re ready to roll up those sleeves and relax a bit. To help us along, here’s an instructional video from Antonio Centeno, who gives some of the best advice on this subject out there, and is founder of Real Men Real Style.

And, if you have any suggestions or preferences on how you roll up your shirt sleeves, please tell us about it in the comments.

Method 1: The Basic Sleeve Fold

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This method is perhaps the best idea when working and need your sleeves to be above your elbows. It’s simple and the hardest method to undo, but aesthetically is the worst looking.

  1. Unbutton the shirt cuff and any gauntlet buttons further up the sleeve.
  2. Flip the cuff back inside out.
  3. Fold back, using the cuff to set the width.
  4. Simply roll the sleeve over itself until it passes the elbow, which depending on your cuff size and arm length, could be 2 to 4 times.
  5. Make adjustments to your liking.

Method 2: The Casual Forearm Roll

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This casual style is perfect for the end of the day. It involves the least folding and is the easiest to roll back down without wrinkles.

  1. Again, unbutton the cuff and any “gauntlet” buttons further up the sleeve.
  2. Flip the cuff back and inside out.
  3. Using the cuff as the measuring point, roll the sleeve over itself 1-2 times. Make sure to stop below the elbow.
  4. Make final adjustments, like tucking the corners of the cuff neatly in.

Method 3: The Master Sleeve Roll

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This roll provides you with the most stylish look that is casual with a more rumpled look that can be adjusted easily. Works best when the inside of the cuff has a contrasting lining.

  1. Once again, unbutton the cuff and any “gauntlet” buttons further up the sleeve.
  2. Flip the cuff back and inside out.
  3. Pull the flipped cuff  to just below your elbow, and without without folding, turn the sleeve inside out as it goes. The turned-back sleeve should just be inside out and unfolded at this point.
  4. Fold the bottom of the inside-out sleeve about halfway up so that it makes a band beneath the inside-out cuff.
  5. Adjust to your liking.

Method 4: The Italian Way

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This is a relatively new way that gained popularity several years ago, which according to Dappered, “is a cuff right above your elbow that’s not going anywhere” that is easy and amazing looking.

  1. Unbutton the cuff.
  2. Grab the edge of the cuff and flip the whole cuff back.
  3. Allowing your sleeve to turn inside out along the way, drag the cuff slowly up past your elbow until the now bottom seam of the cuff is in your elbow pit.
  4. Fold the extra 3-5 inches of exposed inside-out sleeve up to “lock in” the cuff.

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