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Last fall, I bought a pair of pants that were exactly the right length. They came down right to my anklebone and stopped there. They didn’t carry on until only my lil’ piggies were showing, nor did they cover half my instep. Believe me when I tell you that it was a miracle.
Most of my pants, despite being petite sized, are just too long on me. At just under 5’1”, I’m well below the 5’4” standard that most petite clothes are made for, which means I either have to get my pants hemmed (lol no) or get real creative with cuffing them.
I didn’t realize until recently that there are so many (okay, four) options for shortening up those hems. Until recently, I just did a standard double fold, but I’m gonna take you through a few other ideas. The best part? Even if you’re not crazy short, all of these cuff styles look awesome no matter how tall you are!
If you read my post on four ways to fake long legs, then you know how I feel about a narrow cuff. If you haven’t, the main idea is that wider cuffs can make you look choppy, so the smaller the better. All you have to do is make one ½” fold, and then fold it again on top of itself. Flatten it out to make it look a little polished. That’s what I’ve done in these pics!
Instead of making the cuffs all crisp, these are a little more casual. Simply start out with a 1” fold and roll it again on top of itself. You can even gently pull on/pinch it to make it looser (ya know, kind of like when you pancake your braids). This works best with boyfriend jeans since there’s more fabric to work with.
FOLDED UNDER CUFFS
This is one of those sneaky cuffs that I do when I’m too lazy to get my pants hemmed. All you need to do is tuck the hem underneath—usually 1”-2”. This works best with pants and jeans that have some stretch, since it won’t hold as well on 100% cotton.
HALF AND HALF CUFF
For an even more casual vibe than the rolled cuffs, give this style a try. First, make a 1” fold. Then, fold over just one side. This will make your cuffs slant up on an angle. Smooth them out and get going!
See? There’s all kinds of ways of making your too-long jeans look too cool. If only I could go back and tell High School Devinne that I had better options than my extra-wide cuffs. (Not knocking wide cuffs, but they’re hard to pull off on shorter bods—and if you think I’m short now, I was smaller back then!)
Let me know which style is your favorite! Are there any that you’re looking forward to trying out?
Photos by Hannah Schweiss Photography