How to Roll Sleeves on Men’s Shirts & T-Shirts

How to roll the sleeves of a casual button-up shirt

There are a whole host of reasons why you might want to roll your shirt sleeves up. Maybe the weather’s much milder than you had expected, perhaps you need a more casual look for afternoon drinks, or you might be looking for an easy way to add a stylish twist to your outfit. Whatever your reasons, if you’re going to be rolling your sleeves up, it’s important that you do it properly.

To help you avoid making a serious fashion faux pas, we’ve put together this guide to rolling up your sleeves, which comes complete with step-by-step instructions and images. Here, we’ll explain how to roll the sleeves of:


3 TOP TIPS FOR ROLLING YOUR SLEEVES

Regardless of what kind of shirt you’re wearing or how you plan to roll your sleeves, there are some basic guidelines you should abide by. These will help to ensure you look put-together, stylish, and in proportion.

  • When rolling your sleeves, you should always ensure you have at least three inches of your wrist and arm visible. Otherwise, you risk looking like you’ve been forced to roll your sleeves up because they were too long.
  • You should only roll your sleeves up above your elbows if you’re afraid of getting them dirty. At any other time, your sleeves should sit comfortably below your elbows.
  • We typically wouldn’t recommend rolling the sleeves of a suit jacket up. Although, if you’re particularly fashion-forward and there are working buttons on your sleeves, you can always give it a go.

HOW TO ROLL THE SLEEVES OF A CASUAL BUTTON-UP SHIRT

How to roll the sleeves of a casual button-up shirt

 

Hugo Boss Pink Ronni_32 Check Shirt

Perhaps you usually reserve your casual button-ups for the colder months, or are looking for a way to give your everyday outfits a carefree edge. Learning the best way to roll-up the sleeves of your casual shirts could give your wardrobe the new lease of life that it needs.

When rolling the sleeves of casual shirts, we like to use the rule of thirds, which is a principle used in photography, design, and now men’s fashion. This style of rolling your sleeves up will reveal around a third of your arm, and is very easy to achieve.

  1. Unbutton your sleeves.
  2. Using the width of your cuffs as a guide, roll your sleeves back on themselves once.
  3. Depending on the length of your sleeves, roll them once or twice again.

If your everyday wardrobe could do with an update, we have a huge range of men’s casual shirts that might interest you. These come from top brands including Fred Perry, Gant, and Paul Smith.


HOW TO ROLL THE SLEEVES OF A FORMAL DRESS SHIRT

How to roll the sleeves of a formal dress shirt
Eton White Slim Fit Double Cuff Formal Shirt


Traditionally, rolling the sleeves of a formal dress shirt was frowned upon, but times have changed. As long as you aren’t attending a black- or white-tie event with a strict dress code, there’s little harm in rolling your sleeves as you please.

If the office is slightly warmer than you would like or you’re looking for a way to show off the lining of your new shirt, the master sleeve roll is ideal. Here’s how you can achieve this look.

  1. Unbutton the sleeves of your shirt or remove your cufflinks. If your shirt’s sleeves have double cuffs, leave them folded.
  2. Fold your sleeves back on themselves up to your elbow.
  3. Smooth out the fabric — remember, we’re going for a polished look.
  4. Roll the bottom of your sleeves back on themselves again, leaving around a centimeter of your original cuff exposed. Your sleeves should now end just below your elbows.

If you have a special event coming up, be sure to check out our selection of men’s dress shirts. They’re available in a range of plain and patterned designs, so there’s bound to be one that suits you perfectly.


HOW TO ROLL THE SLEEVES OF A LAYERED SHIRT AND JUMPER

How to roll the sleeves of a layered shirt and jumper
Hugo Boss Pink Ronni_32 Check Shirt
Sunspel Navy Crew Neck Jumper

Layering is a key trend in men’s fashion — especially in autumn and winter. If you enjoy wearing a jumper layered over a shirt, or want to give the look a go for the first time, it’s still possible to roll your sleeves up. You’ll just have to put more care and consideration into doing it.

Here’s how you can roll up the sleeves of your shirt and jumper combo:

  1. Begin with the sleeves of both your shirt and jumper rolled down.
  2. Fold your jumper’s sleeves up two inches and then push them up so their cuffs sit just below your elbows.
  3. Spread the bunched material out so it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Using the width of your cuffs as a guide, fold your shirt sleeves up to the desired length. Ideally, the cuffs will fold over the end of your jumper’s sleeves.

If you’re interested in giving the layered look a go, take a look at our selection of men’s jumpers and cardigans. All of our knitwear comes from top brands like Hugo Boss, Gant, and Sunspel.


HOW TO ROLL THE SLEEVES OF A SHORT-SLEEVED T-SHIRT

How to roll the sleeves of a short-sleeved T-shirt
Fred Perry Navy Crew Neck T-Shirt – Code: 5335

Rolling your sleeves is number three on GQ’s list of ways to take your T-shirt to the next level. It’s a very small change, but is a great way to give your simple tops a stylish tweak.

Before we explain how to roll your T-shirt sleeves, we need to get one thing straight: we aren’t looking for perfect. Don’t worry if your sleeves end up looking on the dishevelled side — that’s kind of what we’re going for.

Here’s how you can roll your T-shirt sleeves so they look great and stay put:

  1. Using the width of the hems as a guide, fold your sleeves up between one and three times, depending on the look you’re going for. Ensure that both sleeves are even.
  2. For a more laid-back look, run your fingers around the inside of the cuffs you’ve made. This should help to loosen them.

Tip: If your sleeves tend to unroll themselves, consider using loose elastic bands to keep them in place. Wrap the bands around the bottom of your sleeves before you start folding, and roll them with the fabric.

Looking to update your holiday or summer wardrobe? Take a look at our selection of men’s T-shirts, which includes designs from top brands like Aquascutum, CP Company, and Fred Perry.


HOW TO ROLL THE SLEEVES OF A LONG-SLEEVED T-SHIRT

How to roll the sleeves of a long-sleeved T-shirt
CP Company Blueprint Jersey T-Shirt 

Long-sleeved T-shirts are a wardrobe essential for modern men. They’re the height of cool, comfortable, and casual fashion, which means they should always have a relaxed look to them. So, when you’re rolling the sleeves of your long-sleeved T-shirts, you shouldn’t think too much about it. Here’s how you can free your forearms without looking too neat and tidy:

  1. Start with your T-shirt sleeves rolled all the way down.
  2. Fold the bottom of them up approximately two inches.
  3. Push your sleeves up so the cuffs sit just below your elbows and distribute any bunching evenly.

Rolling the sleeves of your shirt or T-shirt can make a huge difference to your look, and it’s very easy to do once you get the hang of it. Whether you’re looking for a way to stay cool at work during the summer, or want to add some edge to a casual outfit, just follow the steps we’ve laid out above and you’re sure to get it right.

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