We love the casual yet trendy look of cuffed jeans. Whether it’s the sleek sophistication of elegantly cuffed skinny jeans or the more relaxed boyfriend jeans style, one thing’s for sure: this season is all about cuff jeans.
Look to the runways of Paris, New York, and Milan and you’re sure to find models sporting this definitive trend for fall. In fact, with denim being so versatile, this is one fashion style that is made for just about every season.
But probably the best part about this trend is that, when it comes to cuffing jeans, the sky is the limit. It’s possible to cuff several different jeans styles, yet some are the most popular. You’re free to style the jeans however you see fit; the only barrier is the heights of your creativity. To keep things fresh and modern, though, here are a few style pointers to bear in mind:
- When cuffing jeans, rather stick to the skinny, straight leg or boyfriend jeans. Flared and bootleg jeans, because of their bell-bottomed shape, can make your legs look larger than they actually are.
- The length of your cuff jeans is all-important. Aim for the area closest to your ankles – cuff them too high and it may look like you’re wearing pedal pushers from the 1950s.
- Don’t cuff the hems of your jeans too much. The most stylish width is between one and two inches. When in doubt, go for a smaller cuff over a very wide one.
- One golden rule: remember your body proportions and type when choosing jeans. If your cuffed jeans are baggy, choose a fitted top. And vice versa – skinny cuffed jeans look great with a loose, flowing top.
- We’ve rounded up some fashion inspiration on how to cuff jeans of all shapes and styles – from cuffed skinny jeans to advice on how to cuff boyfriend jeans. Choose your favorite style and get cuffing!
Cuffs and Neutrals
1) Beige Beauty
Here is a modern look with a touch of old luxury. The simple elegance of classic beige and gold accessories gets a trendy upgrade by wearing cuffed skinny jeans. Edgy snakeskin strapped sandals add to the relaxed and easy sophistication – the perfect lesson in how to cuff jeans beautifully.
2) Winter White
White is always a winner with denim, and even more so when it comes to cuff jeans. These straight leg jeans are given a single wide cuff below the ankle – a great way to draw attention to gorgeous heels in a classic yet simple way. The look is completed with minimal jewelry, reflective gold aviator sunglasses and a tan carry-all tote bag.
3) Wrapped Up in Wool
Play with different textures and fabrics to create an eclectic, modern look that shows off your curves. These distressed skinny jeans are ripped in subtle places along the legs as well as right on the cuff. This brings the eye right down the legs, ending in unexpectedly sexy strappy nude heels.
The emphasis on the legs means that the upper half of the body can be luxuriously wrapped in thick winter wool. This outfit is great for long-legged girls with a smaller bust, looking to add some weight on top.
4) Grey Hound
This cuff is barely noticeable but oh what a difference it makes. Think of it as another layer added to this multi-dimensional ensemble. With these skinny jeans ripped dramatically on the knee, the slight single cuff brings some structure while also focusing the eye downwards to the feet. A striped button-down shirt peeps out beneath a grey oversized turtleneck sweater – a must-have look for the cooler months.
5) Fitted Fashion
If you’re looking for a style lesson on how to cuff jeans in the most elegant way possible, this right here is your answer. This outfit shows off a slightly baggy-fitting boyfriend style but, cuffed right on the ankle and combined with pointy Christian Louboutin stiletto heels, the effect is sleek and very glamorous.
Worn with a fitted black blazer also casually cuffed at the elbow, this ensemble is casual, trendy and super elegant.
6) Brogue Basics
Easy does it when learning how to cuff boyfriend jeans. This ripped distressed style is given a haphazard, uneven cuff right on the ankle – the perfect choice to show off these men-style brown brogues. To shine a further spotlight on the prep school style, throw on layers of neutral-colored T-shirts rounded off with a structured military-style jacket and a large leather tote bag.
7) Chic in the City
These cuffed skinny jeans do wonders to add style and sophistication to this ensemble. Combine the sheer beauty of a white silk blouse and white blazer with blue denim and tan accessories for a chic and elegant city persona. With this look, a neat, solid cuff creates a classy effect.
8) Radiantly Red
Jamie Chung’s ensemble is a master class in how to cuff boyfriend jeans. Her choice is a pair of straight cut denims with distressed ripped detailing, ending in carefully shaped wide cuffs. A simple white statement T-shirt ups the cool factor, not to mention an unexpected flash of red in her blazer.
Coats and Cover Ups
9) Layered and Cuffed
This look is all about layers in carefully selected neutral shades. These slim fitting straight leg jeans are cuffed one time only – a nod to the easy simplicity of the jeans-and-sneakers look. A longer length white T-shirt is concealed by a navy blue sweater, all pulled together with a cover-all beige coat.
10) Neat and Tidy
Monochrome colors come alive in this sleek, streamlined ensemble. These cuffed skinny jeans from Asos are fitted to perfection, including neatly folded cuffs just above the ankle. Dainty black strappy heels become the star of the show, accentuated beautifully by a longer length black cardigan.
Round off the look with chic black sunglasses and Chanel’s classic quilted lambskin Westminster Pearl flap bag.
11) Comfortably Chic
If comfort is your main aim, you can’t go wrong with this relaxed weekend look. The star of the show?
Cuffed skinny jeans casually ripped along the thigh and knee area. To keep that crisp, carefree look, go for a pair of beige suede booties – the ideal accessory for this neutral-inspired ensemble. A soft brushed cotton T-shirt is knotted at the waist and worn under a snug ankle-length grey cardigan.
Above the Ankle Cuffs
12) Off the Cuff
The one rule about cuffed jeans is simply that there are no rules. Look at the outfit above. Woman wears dark denim jeans with a lighter cuff right above the ankle. She opts for a striped top beautifully accessorized with graphic print and a bright statement handbag.
13) Gingham Glam
These cuffed skinny jeans tick all the style boxes without trying too hard. Here, Sarah Jessica Parker’s stonewashed jeans are cuffed unevenly above the ankle and though it may be less noticeable, looks sensational. A simple gingham plaid button-down shirt is given a chic upgrade with the eye drawn downward to her white stiletto heels.
14) Model Muse
Spotted on the streets of the Big Apple, model Karlie Kloss is the picture of New York City chic. Wearing subtly fitted boyfriend jeans, the hems are cuffed just above the ankle to show off dainty black pointed stiletto heels. Adding edge to the ensemble is a slim fitting basic black T-shirt and trendy leather jacket.
15) Beguiling Boho
These cuffed jeans on Rosie Huntington-Whitely have a sexy bohemian feeling to them – that casual, just-rolled-out-of-bed vibe so popular with street style stars. Add to it a cheeky sliver of skin along the midriff and the effect is cool, hip and ultra-trendy. To add height and a touch of class, complete the outfit with nude ankle-strap sandals for a look fit for the stars.
A Pop of Color
16) Color Frenzy
The way you cuff your jeans can totally determine the tone and style of your outfit. Case in point: these cuffed boyfriend jeans on style blogger Julie Sariñana. Her cuff jeans have single folds arranged in a slapdash manner – perfect for crafting a creative, bohemian feel. Add to this an artistic lime green button-down blouse and the overall effect is carefree and easy-going.
17) It Was All Yellow
Straight leg jeans are great for showing off long limbs. Add cheeky rips on the knees combined with slightly uneven cuffs and the effect is sleek and streamlined, even when combined with Breton stripes on top. Create a dash of color by adding on a bright scarf to go with your color palette; in this case, rich mustard brings out the warmth of a brown leather jacket and leopard-print pointy heels.
18) Cerise Tease
Make an eye-catching accessory the focal point of your outfit, like these vivid cerise ankle booties. Combine these with skinny jeans cuffed elegantly above the ankle; the lighter shade of these folded over cuffs matching the color of a wrap-style faux-fur top to perfection. This combination is quirky and creative – the ideal choice when you’re keen to make a subtle style statement.
19) Plaid Poise
If there’s a sexy pair of statement heels that you’re dying to show off, you can’t go wrong with cuffed skinny jeans folded neatly right as the strap hits the ankle. No need to accessorize too heavily either – throw on an easy button-down plaid shirt with a simple sling handbag and you’re good to go.
Denim Top to Toe
20) Dungaree Diva
Maybe it’s a throwback to the girl groups of the 90s but denim overalls are making a big comeback this season. Breathe new life into your trusty style staple of yesteryear by rolling up your cuffs like a true street style star.
Here we see wider-leg distressed boyfriend overalls folded in a loose, casual style. Showing a bit of skin on the ankle adds a sexy spin while, instead of the usual Converse sneakers we’re accustomed to seeing, dainty Many Jane shoes create an unexpected girly touch.
21) Denim Deluxe
This look is all about sleek denim in different cuts and colors. What sets this ensemble apart though is the darker denim jeans, creating a cuff in the same color as the main fabric.
Cuffed in a single fold just above the ankle, this draws the eye down towards black strappy sandals. While the bottom half of the body is kept straight and slim-fitting, the top can be loose-flowing and voluminous, so adding an unusual silhouette that’s modern and bang on trend.
22) Off Duty Denim
Street style can be elegant while casual at the same time, as seen in this modern look centered around dark-wash denims. In an outfit combining neutral separates, we see cuffed skinny jeans paired with black patent leather slip-on shoes. A slightly longer grey T-shirt matched with a black zip-detailed jacket complete this slick, laid-back ensemble.
23) Saturday Style
This off-duty ensemble is perfect for a casual Saturday where comfort and cool are high on the agenda. Loose-fitting boyfriend jeans are cuffed evenly on both legs, paired with easy grey Converse trainers. Up top, we find a slouchy T-shirt tucked in under a bomber jacket patterned in black and white print.
24) Peekaboo Fashion
Elegant meets casual in this ensemble. Slim-fitting skinny jeans are perfectly cuffed slightly above the ankle, with nude pointy heels further elongating the legs and adding height. To get that sleek, polished effect in your cuff jeans, lightly iron the cuffs to flatten them and streamline the entire look. A cheeky white T-shirt and funky patterned clutch purse add a touch of fun and whimsy to the ensemble.
25) Casual Chic
These jeans on Selena Gomez show us exactly how to cuff large, baggy styles of jeans. Here the hems of her jeans are cuffed ever so casually in big messy folds. This gives her hips and tiny waist more shape and definition. Then there’s the position of the cuff – falling right above her slim ankles, the wide legged cuff gives a sexy glimpse of skin, ending beautifully in pointy stiletto heels.