Monday, July 27, 2009

My New Obsession – Cuffed Jeans

When done right, this could be really cool.
I want to try it with a pair of hard denim APC jeans.


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  1. CK Dexter Haven

    July 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    What exactly are we talking about here?

    Just folding the hem up once or twice? Or, an actual SEWN and pressed cuff, like one would find on a 'proper' pair of trousers?

    The former makes sense. The latter – not so much. Way too close to the Michael Scott Fun Jeans thing. Dry-cleaned and pressed?

  2. hc

    July 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    normally not a fan of cuffed, but if obliged, this is the way to do it; one tone in and out to mute its effect, making it less contrived.

  3. Brian

    July 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    There is no fashion fad of the 80's that needs to come back. NONE.

  4. Tom

    July 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    This really looks super-cool! This lad has some fine taste! :)

  5. AnonymousJK

    July 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    This is the definition of aging gracefully! He looks polished, casual, current and appropriate all at the same time! WOW!

  6. Anonymous

    July 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    i need to marry a man that when he ages, can still look as stylish and individualistic as this dude here.

  7. Tom Morton

    July 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Strong look. His shoes are indeed Alden 1492s. And I second the poster who recommended Albam jeans for the turn ups. They do a great slim leg (smart but not tight indie band slim) raw jean for eighty pounds. They're long enough for a proper turn up too.

    Find the jeans at

  8. PaulBurnleyUK

    July 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    this is a good look with no socks (or rather 'invisible' trainer ones) and a nice pair of deck shoes. bit too indie kid now though, so it WAS a good look.

    What are those boots please? Theyre quality

  9. hi-d

    July 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    What a daper man. He's so cute!

  10. Fashion By He

    July 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Great pictures…looks like a great guy..

  11. lizelle

    July 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Pure elegance and style. Great composition too.

  12. Tiffany,Ebony Intuition

    July 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Luv it.

  13. Melissa~

    July 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I love it!
    Congratulations for your book. Im from chile so is a little bit difficult buy it. But I'll do my best effort and I'll buy it.
    I love your work.

  14. Anonymous

    July 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I'm confused by the surprise–weren't cuffed jeans really big back in 2003 when Evisu started hitting the mainstream?

  15. Hayley

    July 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm


  16. josh

    July 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    very nice, and im feeling the classic desert boot

  17. Elizabeth

    July 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    i'm in love with that man and his shoes. is that so wrong?

  18. Yamila

    July 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Wow! This jean is very nice!
    Love you, i can't wait for the book!! ha!

    Kiss from Argentina.!

  19. Antonio

    July 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    those chukkah boots are looking mighty fine. I roll up my jeans every now and then, but it can sometimes get hard to pull off when you live in the suburbs. :/

  20. Jewelles

    July 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    lol well darlins I must be the old gal around here to remember all the jeans were worn with cuffs. Believe it or not my Daddy would yell at me for wearing jeans.. "they are farmers clothes!" lol but he finally came around. me in my cuffed jeans, my uncle franks marine wool shirt, my puma sneakers, my crochet purple hat and my love beads.

  21. tomorrowsinspiration

    July 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    This guy looks great and I agree the cuffs are cool. Where is he? I wanna be there!

  22. rachel kathleen

    July 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I HAVE to do this anyway cos I have short legs and am usually too lazy to get my pants taken up. although, the look is a bit different on girls. I quite like it with my Nudie jeans though.

  23. Brigadeiro

    July 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    He pulls it off so beautifully!

  24. Isabella

    July 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I love cuffs on shorts and pants, it gives the look a twist . . .

  25. alici

    July 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    he looks awsome love it!!

  26. katrog

    July 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Hey, Sart–

    I love checking in–you do a great job with young women, young men, and older men. However, older women are few and far between. In your opionion, is this because older women generally succumb to "mutton dressed as lamb" ridiculousnes or to styleless invisibility? Maybe they just aren't out there on the street? These are genuine questions. As an older woman,I am constantly trying to take my style temperature. :)

  27. Caroline

    July 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    a badass gentleman!

  28. Le Fashion Intern

    July 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I totally agree, I'm also obsessed with the cuffed jeans. I guess you gave me the idea at first, then I started doing it to my own jeans and then I started noticing it on other people when they do it right or wrong in a funny way.

    This is such a great blog for fashion inspirations. I hope mine is too by the way.

  29. Victoria

    July 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I have loved your posts about mens fashion lately…I love the cleaned, simple, polished look. I have been obsessed with cuffed jeans as well! It's such a coincidence because I just posted something about cuffing jeans and wearing mens-inspired shoes such as oxfords/brogues. Here, you captured someone that has demonstrated this style to perfection. He shows that you can age gracefully! Thanks for posting!


  30. Holly

    July 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I've always loved the rolled up jean look, what a guy,and those chuka style shoes tooo cool

  31. BSullivan

    July 27, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Most of the people I know with APCs do this. Good look.

  32. theTrendyDwarf

    July 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Loving the desert boots so much! I have been searching for a pair for the longest time and just found what I wanted today! I am without a doubt buying a pair! I am probably as obsessed over the way the man cuffs his jeans as I am. I have been trying it lately but it doesn't look as cool as his! I have to experiment a little more.
    check out my trendy blog!

  33. Pae

    July 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    He reminded me of the uncle that live a couple block from me when i was in Thailand. I think his fashion rocks.

  34. Bayley.

    July 28, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Cuffed jeans are definately the way to go!

  35. Anonymous

    July 28, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I love this! It is so neat, so refined. It is a kind of fastidious and understated perfection.

  36. Anonymous

    July 28, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Hard denim. Mr Sartorialist you need some lessons son, spend a few months on superfuture and get over the APC obsession.

  37. Laurence John

    July 28, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I think a lot of your commenters aren't getting the difference between this cuff, which is like a normal trouser cuff (or 'turn up' as we say in England) and the usual jean cuff which shows the wrong side of the denim.

  38. s.

    July 28, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I hope we'll see some photos of your short time in Toronto… and that you liked our city. I know it's no Paris or Milan but the anglo/ scottish past mixed with the ethnically diverse present make for a lot of gorgeous people with their very own groovy styles.

  39. F.

    July 28, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I love this…it's laid back but classy at the same time.

  40. Alejandra

    July 28, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Hey sart, just to say I LOVE your blog!
    It is literally 5 A.M. here in Mexico and I can't stop going through your photos! They're beautiful. I actually check your blog every day just in case you've updated it (2 or 3 or sometimes 4 or 5 times a day.. you know, just in case)

    The guy from the picture? Elegant, classy and very stylish.
    Thank you for amazing photos like these that remind me of the person I want to be.

  41. Nouvelle Vue

    July 28, 2009 at 7:20 am

    The whole get-up looks great but I really love those shoes!

  42. Barbara

    July 28, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Ah, the older man, chic and understated…….Just love him. He looks splendid and he knows it. I like his expression of amused patience with you, the photog. His shoes are great – seen similar at J Crew……. and the jeans are the perfect foil for any shirt and/or jacket. Great shot.

  43. Linh

    July 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

    why are the photos so big? my photos are always so small.

  44. MariaPena

    July 28, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Your blog is amazing. The pictures are sometimes breathtaking and the way you portrait everyday people's style is incredibly inspirational!
    It's funny, I heard of your blog through a very similar blog a portuguese man created:

    I'll definitly buy the book as soon as I can!

  45. Ryan

    July 28, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Cuffing with raw denim is definitely a nice look if done right. The contrast of the warp and weft of the fabric can be quite sharp. I've cuffed all of my jeans for a couple of years, and for those asking about stitching them, you don't have to. At least with raw denim, it's stiff enough that you just fold it up and it stays there.

  46. theselvedgeyard

    July 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

    The cuff looks tailored, rather than the commonly rolled look. He strikes me as a guy who would be fastidious about such things.



    July 28, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Don't know about the jeans, but that's a great jacket he's got on… beautiful softly tailored shoulders and a wonderful roll to the lapel. Also looks like cashmere, and the white contrasting buttons are sharp as opposed to the stodgy old brass buttons that are so common with a navy blazer.


  48. The Clever Pup

    July 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Great face.

  49. catherine

    July 28, 2009 at 9:27 am

    great and so elegant when it's simple and chic the game is done.

  50. Chris K.

    July 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Nice boots, but he is short, his jeans are hiked up to his chest, and the he cuts off his leg line with this hyper-cuff – not the most flattering look for him.

  51. Dila's Favorites

    July 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

    i love it


  52. jewlover2

    July 28, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Us Rockabilly-fans have been cuffing our jeans for ever. Interestingly, the SIZE of the cuff says alot about your level of interest in the scene. heh heh.

  53. Adam A

    July 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I love his clothes! But having jeans to a jacket is not my cup of tea. I specially love his shoes and jacket!

  54. duncan

    July 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    He looks good but look at that excellent, sofa!!!!

  55. Shadan Saber

    July 28, 2009 at 2:48 pm


  56. IVy

    July 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    This is perfectly calming…

  57. Candice

    July 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    He looks so sharp in this outfit. I love it! And I agree the cuffed jeans look really great, very classy.

  58. an

    July 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    he looks crazy good.

  59. Bombshell Kitten

    July 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I love that his outfit looks very casually thrown together yet it works so masterfully. J'adore.

  60. Charles Reinhardt

    July 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    This guy looks awesome. This has been the hip thing in Toronto for the past two summers.


    July 29, 2009 at 6:55 am

    this gentelman should have wear the striped blazer from ''On the Street……Striped Right, Florence'' It's too serious.

  62. Anonymous

    July 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

    This is the first time I've seen this look and liked it. The boots are awesome too. Just the right color.

  63. Anonymous

    July 29, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Nothing finer and nothing more refreshing than seeing a mature person looking this sharp. Truly a treat for the eyes.

  64. Anonymous

    July 29, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Jeeze, I love suede shows…..

  65. CGdesigngirl

    July 29, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I hate to be a downer – but while I love his look and the concept of the narrow jeans cuffed, it's not quite right. Since this pant was not designed to be cuffed (only actual straight legs can be turned under and then cuffed up), there is too much material on the leg it's self (see the bunching). Maybe if they were pressed slightly, you can get away with it…
    and of course if the pant was originally designed to be cuffed, that would look super sharp!

  66. Anonymous

    July 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I love the blog, but a rolled cuff is not the most visionary of observations. Regardless, they do work well to punctuate a look, hence their perennial presence.

  67. Esmoquin room

    July 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I loved it! I'm wearing it since this spring and I like too much how you look like. Try it, you would do it great, I'm sure.

    I published something about it in my GQ Spain blog.


  68. Anonymous

    July 31, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Nice one. All the older people around me wear tent-like jeans with elastic waist, fleece zip-ups (even in summer) and ugly New Balance trainers.

  69. laichungleung

    July 31, 2009 at 9:41 am

    He isn't wearing so much a pair of jeans. He is more like wearing a pair of cuffed trousers with choice denim fabric, crease and all.

  70. isaac

    August 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Don't do it, it creates too much weight at the hem forcing the jeans to move awkwardly.

    The only reason this works is because he's wearing indigo dyed trousers and not heavyweight denim, so the fabric can still hang properly.

    Needless to say, i've tried it before..

  71. travelbug

    August 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Very neat and clean. All the proportions work with the rolled-up cuffs.

    Now smile.

  72. Tim McFarlane

    August 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I like this look a lot, except for the crease in the jeans. Love the shoes.

  73. Designer Studio

    August 30, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I'm glad to have visited your blog and good to know you! I find it interesting and informative.

  74. theunrefinalized

    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I like the hieght where he wears his pants, they look like they're painted on his belly. This guy doesn't really have the look of someone involved in the fashion world, it looks like a personal style thing.

  75. Jaz

    November 18, 2009 at 9:37 am

    The cuff serve you well…, you look damn good on it… :D.

  76. Joan

    December 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Love the shoes… :D.

  77. Cristina

    January 14, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I do this when I buy jeans that are too long and I like them so much that I want to wear them right then (so I don't have time to take them to be fixed). It's really easy with a few hand stitches. The denim must be hard. Slim fit jeans can be made at the ankle and wear with very high heals.

  78. Anonymous

    April 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Noemi C. I LOVE it granpapa rocks in that outfit.Just adorble.

  79. der goldkurs

    November 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    very nice post, i actually love this web site, keep on it

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