How To Roll Up Your Sleeves – 5 Easy Ways
An important question?
May not sound like it…
But it is.
You’ve probably never even given it a second thought.
But as we always say here at RMRS – the devil is in the details.
Think body language.
There are 4 main reasons a man rolls up his sleeves:
- He doesn’t want to get his shirt dirty.
- He wants to appear to others that he is working hard.
- He’s too hot.
- He wants an otherwise professional look to feel a bit more casual.
How you roll up your sleeves depends on your personal preference and your environment. Check our tutorial below to decide which roll is right for you.
Let’s take a look at the 5 ways you can roll up your shirt sleeves.
#1. The AIFA
This is the classic sleeve roll, favored by Presidents like Barack Obama.
It says “I’m the man. I’m relaxed. I’m in charge.”
Start by unbuttoning your cuff and any ‘gauntlet’ buttons on your sleeve.
After this, turn your cuff up once, taking care to keep the material as smooth and wrinkle-free as possible. Then, roll your sleeve up over this. Your shirt should now sit below the elbow, about 3/4 up your forearm. Quick and easy.
#2. The Basic Roll
This variation of The AIFA Roll shows more of your forearm.
Follow the same steps as the AIFA Roll and then then roll your sleeve over and back on itself a 3rd time. Your shirt should now sit on or just below your elbow.
Ensure your shirt material is as smooth as possible between rolls to avoid unnecessary creasing.
#3. The High Roller
Show the world you mean business with The High Roller. This roll is ideal for manual labor and is favored by men with big biceps or tattoos they want to show off.
Due to the number of rolls involved, it is easier to do this with your shirt laid on a flat surface. Follow the steps from The Basic Roll but then add a 4th fold, using your cuff to set the width of each roll.
When you put your shirt on, your shirt sleeve should now end above your elbow, exposing your whole forearm.
#4. The Master Roll
The connoisseur’s choice. When done properly, this roll will keep your shirt in position all day. First off, pull the cuff back on itself and pull it up your arm to just below the elbow, turning the sleeve inside out as it goes.
The inside-out cuff should now be resting on your bicep with a cuff-length of shirt material extending down to your forearm. Take this material and fold it up on itself to lock the cuff in place. You can leave as little or as much as your cuff on show as you like – depending on your style.
This roll looks especially good if the inside of your cuff has a patterned or contrasting lining.
To undo, simply pull on the cuff and voila!
#5. The Garter Roll
As the name suggests, this roll requires sleeve garters. Firstly, slide the sleeve garter up your arm to the desired position.
Using your thumb and forefinger, pull the top of your shirt fabric up and under the garter until your sleeves are at the desired length. This will leave excess shirt material above the sleeve garter. Carefully smooth this out and pull it down flush over your bicep, where it will lie flat and hide the garter.
And there you have it gents!
5 great ways of rolling your sleeves, made simple.
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