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How To Roll Up Sleeves On A Dress Shirt


Shirts are probably one of the most commonly worn clothes around the world. It’s ideal for both casual and formal wear. Be it a birthday party, business meeting, celebration, church (mass), office, college or else, a shirt is your number one choice.

However, wearing a long sleeves shirt for several hours in summer can be downright uncomfortable. Extreme heat, lack of breeze, excessive perspiration and other factors just adds to the uneasiness. So to get a bit of relief from this situation, people resort to folding their shirt’s sleeves. Well there are also some people out there who don’t necessarily fold their sleeves due to the reasons mentioned, but for a neat and casual style.

That being said, not everyone knows the proper way of folding sleeves. Improper folds not only open up easily but also create a sloppy look. It makes you look a bit scruffy, something you definitely wouldn’t want. So to avoid this situation, make sure to roll them up in the right manner.

There are a number of ways for rolling your sleeves, each of which has its own style. Given below are some of the most common and simple techniques of doing so:


Normal Fold

This is probably the easiest and quickest way to fold your sleeves. Plus it ensures that there are no wrinkles on the sleeves, when unfolded. The steps involved are as follows:

  • First and foremost, undo the cuffs of your shirt.

  • Thereafter, fold the sleeves once so that the front part of the cuff is facing inwards and the other side outwards.

  • Repeat the above step once more.

  • After folding it for a second time, just tuck in the corners of the cuff so that they don’t protrude.

And there you have it, a simple and tidy sleeve roll. This type of fold is perfect for someone in a hurry.


Master Fold up

This type of folding technique will result in a smarter and classier look compared to the previous one. Here’s how to properly make one:

  • Just like in the previous method, unfasten the shirt’s cuffs.

  • Then turn it inside out.

  • Now pull the flipped cuff straight up till it reaches your elbow. This will also cause the sleeve to turn inside out.

  • Subsequently, fold the sleeves from starting from down to middle-way up, so that it forms a band-type shape under the cuff.

  • After that fold the turned sleeves slightly more so that it holds the cuff firmly.

This is a bit tricky and will take some attempts to perfect. So if you have some time, you’re better off trying this one!


Over-the-Elbow Roll

This type of fold is basically for the people involved in a lot of physical work such as an engineers and mechanics. It allows them to move and flex their arms freely, without any constraints. The steps to making one are given below:

  • Follow the first step of the above techniques.

  • Then bring the cuff inside out.

  • After doing that, measure the cuff and roll it once again.

  • Now you’ll fold it multiple times until it doesn’t reach above elbow level. And once it does, stop it!

Well this surely isn’t the neatest of folds around, but serves the purpose exceedingly well. Plus it’s pretty easy to do so.


Sweater Fold

This is probably the shortest, yet one of the most attractive folds mentioned in this list. You can make one in no time by following the given steps:

  • First of all, you will need a sweater/cardigan for this one.

  • Once you have worn it, just pull out the cuffs from the cardigan’s sleeves.

  • After that just fold the cuff once so that the inner part is facing out.

And that’s how to make a sweater fold. Quite simple, isn’t it? In addition, wearing a having a bright color cuff over a dark sweater will really create a spectacular effect.


Advantages of Folding Your Sleeves

As said earlier, folding your sleeves offers several benefits. For example, it allows you to move your hands more freely and easily. Not only this, it also has quite a bit to offer in terms of fashion. Rolling the sleeves neatly adds extra style and class to your personality, such as the sweater fold. Moreover, if you’re a gym goer, then rolled sleeves are a great way of flaunting those muscular arms. What say?

All in all, it comes down to how adeptly the sleeves are rolled. If done well, it can truly catch the attention of people around you. Conversely, if done poorly and hastily, it will not only cause you problems by having to unfold repeatedly, but may also create a sloppy appearance.





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