J.Crew Tells Us Its Secret Trick for Cuffed Sleeves

Of the many things J.Crew does phenomenally well—costume jewellery, collaborations with heritage brands and imaginative prints—the coolly casual way the brand’s looks are styled is at the top of the list. We’re always inspired by the effortlessness of the partially tucked-in tees, strategic layering and cool accessorising. So when we heard a rumour that there was an actual formula for executing the catalogue’s flawlessly cuffed sleeves, we had to know more. Luckily, the brand’s head women’s stylist, Gayle Spannaus, was happy to share all the details. Click through our slideshow, and follow Spannaus’s step-by-step cuff instructions to re-create the look at home.

Step One
How to cuff your sleeves: unbutton the sleeve

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Start by unbuttoning the entire sleeve. 

Step Two
How to cuff your sleeves: fold the sleeve

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Andrew Arthur for Who What Wear

Fold the shirt halfway up your arm so that the cuff lies across the elbow. 

Step Three
How to cuff your sleeves: roll the sleeve

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Andrew Arthur for Who What Wear

Roll the bottom sleeve up the arm once so it covers cuff’s seam. 

Step Four
How to cuff your sleeves: tug the corner

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Roll the bottom of the sleeve up the arm one more time, starting from the bottom inside corner, and tug the upper outside fold so it sticks out. 

Step Five
How to cuff your sleeves: scrunch the sleeve

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Andrew Arthur for Who What Wear

To achieve that scrunched look, push the sleeve up the arm so the cuff sits comfortably right above the elbow. 

Final Look
How to cuff your sleeves: the final look

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Andrew Arthur for Who What Wear

Voilà! An effortless cuffed-sleeve look you can try with all your crisp button-downs.

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