How to Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves

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Changing your shirt sleeves can instantly mix up the look of your outfit, so it’s important to get it right. Read our quick guide on how to roll up your shirt sleeves.

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With the recent onset of warm weather, selecting an outfit that’s both practical and stylish each morning has never been more important.

Whether you’re changing up your look through simple summer layering or adapting your usual go-to suit ensemble to help you stay cool in the heat, once perfected they’ll ensure you’re always looking sleek while everyone else pours with sweat.

One easy skill that’s definitely worth mastering during this warm weather, is how to roll your shirt sleeves. While a relatively simple task, perfecting the sleeve roll with allow you to bring either an element of rugged casualness to an off-duty outfit, or a smart, warm-weather tweak to a smarter ensemble.

Types of Sleeve Roll

The Basic Sleeve Roll

When it comes to sleeve rolling, the basic sleeve roll is probably what most guys will end up doing by default. An incredibly versatile fold that will help you to remain cool while also looking acceptably smart.

  • Unbutton cuff and any additional buttons on the lower sleeve.
  • Flip the cuff inside out.
  • Fold back again using the cuff to gauge width.
  • Continue until sleeve is on or just below your elbow.
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The Casual Sleeve Roll

The casual sleeve roll pretty much speaks for itself. Ideal for denim or lighter shirts, this casual roll is better kept for the weekends and your ‘off-duty’ looks. While not as smart as it’s counterparts, it’s perfect for your more laid back styles of shirts as a smarter role would look out of place.

  • Unbutton cuff and any additional buttons on lower sleeve.
  • Flip the cuff inside out.
  • Tuck in the cuff so that it creates clean end to sleeve.
  • Continue until at desired length ideally mid-forearm.
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The Master Sleeve Roll

The master sleeve roll is the daddy of all sleeve rolls. You can guarantee, if done correctly, this one isn’t going to be coming undone anytime soon. While it’s suited to both casual and smarter looks, it’s neat and refined nature makes it better suited to more sophisticated looks.

  • Unbutton cuff and any additional buttons on lower sleeve
  • Flip cuff inside out
  • Fold the sleeve up to about an inch below your elbow
  • Take lower inside out section and fold up until it traps bottom of cuff
  • Adjust until you have desired length and finish
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how to roll up your sleeves
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How To Roll Up Your Sleeves Cheat Sheet

  • Unbutton cuff and any additional buttons on the lower sleeve.
  • Flip the cuff inside out.
  • Fold the cuff back over itself until sleeve is on, or below your elbow.
  • How to Roll Up Sleeves on a Dress Shirt: The best option for rolling up dress shirts is the master roll.
  • How to Roll Up Sleeves on a Denim Shirt: The casual sleeve roll works best with denim shits.
  • How to Roll Up Sleeves on a Oxford Shirt: The master roll / basic sleeve roll works best with oxford shirts, adapting depending on the setting.

On That Note

There we have it! What might seem like a pretty simplistic technique, you’d be surprised how many men you’d see hopelessly fidgeting around with their sleeves in Canary Wharf on any given day. You’re now ready to roll with ease, and just like riding a bike – it’s a technique that’ll stick with you for life. You’re welcome.

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