Cuffed Jeans

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Biltmore Bob, Oct 16, 2005.

Do you cuff or hem your jeans?

  1. I prefer cuffs

    69.2%
  2. I prefer hemmed

    30.8%
  1. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    9,284
    Location:
    Germany
    What's a B-3?
     
    navetsea likes this.
  2. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,425
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Cuffed trousers on short guys with short legs (like me, sort of- I'm long in the torso but traverse this sorry world on sad stumps) give the impression of a child in hand-me-downs.

    On tall people, cuffed jeans seem to work really well.
     
    rockandrollrabbit and navetsea like this.
  3. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,450
    Location:
    East Java
    it's a vitamin
     
    Fonzie, Mil, tropicalbob and 3 others like this.
  4. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,702
    Location:
    Somerset, England
    This type of jacket ResizerImage1195X2031.jpg
     
    Fonzie, Mil, handymike and 1 other person like this.
  5. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    9,284
    Location:
    Germany
    Aah, B-3 jacket! :D
     
    Dav likes this.
  6. mattmiller1973

    mattmiller1973 Familiar Face

    Messages:
    65
    it's a bit try-hard. does the store where you bought your jeans not hem them? DC4 here in Berlin offer that service for free.
     
  7. JMax

    JMax I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,327
    Seems to me that having jeans hemmed is more try-hard, since it actually requires you to go out of your way and, you know, try.

    Kidding aside, my cuffs generally are of the one time, small cuff variety. I like to look at my boots as I stroll by a window or mirror lol. Though I do have some pants that I double cuff like some others here. It's outerwear, not a tuxedo, put it on how you like and roll on down the street.
     
    navetsea, Carlos840, SinSir and 3 others like this.
  8. Monitor

    Monitor

    Messages:
    12,379
    Kind of strange to discuss what is basically an epitome of the clothing style of the era this forum is dedicated to...
     
    felix03, Dav, navetsea and 5 others like this.
  9. Blackadder

    Blackadder Call Me a Cab

    Messages:
    2,688
    Location:
    China
    As said, it is a choice, 1) to shrink them then take them back to the shop for alteration or 2) wear them as people did in the old days. I think more people has access to sewing machine in the 50s. It cost them nothing to hem them jeans at home then. Yet it seems they chose to wear the jeans cuffed. I doubt it was out of necessity that they wore jeans cuffed back then. It has always been a statement- fashionable, rebel, care free etc since the 50s.
     
    El Marro and navetsea like this.
  10. Mich486

    Mich486 One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,285
    Also I think most people around here enjoy wearing selvedge denim... it’s got to be cuffed..
     
    felix03, navetsea and JMax like this.
  11. SinSir

    SinSir A-List Customer

    Messages:
    352
    I cuff my jeans a lot but not always. How many rolls depends on the jeans, shoes, and activity. Typically only one or two, 3 ends up being too thick at the ankle for me. Sometimes its for style but also for function, jeans are better for the bike longer but not so much off the bike. I'm not really a fan of too much stack and prefer the cuff if they are longer.
     
    El Marro, navetsea and JMax like this.
  12. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    Messages:
    21,371
    Location:
    London, UK
    No offence taken at all. The idea of whether I look 'masculine' or not (whether in my own eyes or those of others) is genuinely something that never crosses my mind at all when it coems to clothes - or much else. I expect in large part there's an element of male privilege, but my gender has never been high on the list of details by which I define myself.

    I trend to find the notion that style is inferior to utlity when it comes to clothing amusing, really. If all that really mattered to any of us was basic functionality of clothes - durability, warmth, pockets to carry stuff, not being arrested.... then this forum (and many other like it) simply wouldn't exist.

    I'm always reminded of a sketch the late Jonathan Adams did (I bought a few from his estate, but regretably not this one) which featured two Scots in full Highland regalia, one of them pointing at a Zulu warrior and exclaiming in indignation "Look a' tha'!" I consider it healthy to be aware of the inherent subjectiveness of style... and agreed - we all like or dislike certain things, and there doesn't have to be any reason for that beyond the aesthetic. It's a great B3 that one, though.... my wariness with those lighter ones has always been I'd be scared of getting it filthy in no time! Did yours start out a yellowish shade, or is that how the undyed ones go in the Sun?

    Outerwear is always amusing for the sheer number of comments you'll find over time from people who really don't like the looks of the period TFL more broadly is dedicated to. JUst the way it is - there's lots of folks out there who are into denim and leather particularly and gravitate here for that, despite not being into the period vibe. It is what it is.

    Most of my denim over the years has been non-selvedge; I currently have a mix. I do think you're probably right though that for folks outside of stylistic niches where the cuffed look is popular (the rockabilly thing especially) in and of itself, denimheads wanting to show off that they are wearing selvedge as opposed to any other, "ordinary" denim, cuffing is away of showing that off.
     
  13. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,702
    Location:
    Somerset, England
    In real life it's more cream but the camera always brings it out yellower than it is.
    Well that's what I tell myself :)
    Here's a better picture colour wise
    IMG_20190831_212329-2736x3648.jpg
     
    jonesy86, El Marro, navetsea and 5 others like this.
  14. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,076
    Location:
    Midwest
  15. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    Messages:
    21,371
    Location:
    London, UK
    Nicely written, though - most such fashion blogs I've read tend to quickly descend into spouting arbitrary rules as gospel, often with an added dash of 'manliness' hangup. This avoids those pitfalls and is interesting to read.
     
    navetsea likes this.
  16. Stormy

    Stormy A-List Customer

    Messages:
    402
    Location:
    460 Laverne Terrace
    Yes indeed. I cuff my jeans and my khakis.
     
  17. M Brown

    M Brown One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    233
    Location:
    N Tx
    Cuffed up jeans go well with a Stetson Open Road.
     
  18. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,621
    Location:
    Illinois
    I haven't cuffed my jeans since I was in grade school in the late 50s. Not sure why people do it today.
     
    HoosierDaddy likes this.
  19. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    9,284
    Location:
    Germany
    And I further don't comprehend the 7/8-jeans fashion. We called it high-water pants, back in the old 90s. ;-)
     
  20. Same here. We must be about the same age.
    I buy my jeans to fit. 32W 32L. No need to cuff, hem or continually shrink to get a fairly decent fit anymore. That was always a hassle back when that was all that was offered. I'm interested in top tier leather utility type jackets, some newsboy style caps and fedoras but not the whole Vintage scene.
    HD
     
    zebedee, El Marro and tmitchell59 like this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.