So Many Ways To Wear Your Jeans

There’re so many ways to wear your jeans. Everyone has his or hers own favorite style. You can wear your jeans just regular, normal sized, low on the hips and everything in between. You can even wear your jeans backwards like Kris Kross did in the earyl nineties in their hit single Jump video. But another way to express yourself more is to cuff your pair of jeans. This in order that your beloved sneakers, boots, sandals or whatever will be seen better. You can cuff your jeans as a kind of fashion statement, but most of the people within the raw denim scene have another reason.

Why you cuff your jeans?

As a lot of the fabrics of raw (unwashed) jeans are woven on authentic shuttle looms they show a selvedge line. Those shuttle looms can only produce around 27 – 30 inch wide fabrics. At both sides of the fabric there’s a self-edge line, so they don’t have to finish it after it’s woven. It doesn’t fray because of this way of production. Those selvedge lines can be seen at the inside of the seams of a pair of jeans. Most of the denimheads like to show that their jeans (the fabric of the jeans) are made on the old school way, so they cuff their jeans. This gives people a bit of feeling that they’re part of the ‘denim club’.

Cuffing your jeans was very common when jeans was still workwear. And also during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The period when most of the jeans were made of unsanforized fabrics. This means fabrics that shrink with their first wash, approximately 10%. These fabrics are also known as loomstate or shrink-to-fit. Nowadays most of the fabrics are sanforized, which means 1% to 3% shrinkage only.

shuttle loom

shuttle loom

shuttle loom

Original Picanol shuttle loom from the Candiani mill. Pics by Long John.

How to cuff your jeans?

There’re so many ways to cuff your jeans, but highlighted are 5 ways that were spotted at the Nudie jeans store in Amsterdam. Haven’t you saw this store yet? Go check it out here.

High Turn-ups

High turn-ups can be seen on old cowboy pictures, but were also very popular during the rock & roll music scene in the 1950’s.


Pinrolls can be spotted on so many different ways (read levels), but this one is still a favorite. It’s preserve and it looks classic.

Single Cuffed With Frays

This pair of Nudie jeans is cut-off on length without seaming, that’s way it frayed. The length of the jeans allows you to wear it uncuffed of cuffed. It gives you flexibility how to wear it. Also cool to wear it like this with (higher) boots.

Folded Cuffs

This way of cuffing is very popular. It’s just folded twice for the right length. Your sneakers come out perfectly and also a bit of your socks.

Folded Cuff Pinroll

The last one is a sort of a mix between a pinroll and a folded cuff. This is one of the most popular ones. This is your everyday ready to go cuff. Perfect to wear during Summer with sneakers and in the Winter with your boots.

Read also in previous article ‘Why Cowboys Cuffed Their Jeans’ here.

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.