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How do you cuff men's dress pants?

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To properly cuff men's dress pants, turn up the hem and sew it into place. Make sure the fabric is neatly folded and lies flat.

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Cuffed pants is a style favored in traditional British tailoring. They tend to be more conservative, so they work well in more formal settings. To properly cuff a pair of men's dress pants, use the following steps.

  1. Fold over the hem
  2. Fold the hem upwards around 1 1/2 inches. Make sure the hem and the fold stay flat.

  3. Fold the pants over a second time
  4. Fold the hem over once more, preserving the width of the first roll. Make sure the fold looks neat and tidy.

  5. Tack the hem in place
  6. Traditionally tailored pants with cuffs are sewn in place.

Cuffs can add some extra weight to the bottom of pants, which helps them drape well. However, shorter or stockier men should think twice about adding cuffs to their pants, as cuffs can make legs appear shorter.

Cuffs work best with straight or wide-legged pants. They can flatter light wool, linen or cotton fabric. Because they add extra weight to the bottoms of pants, traditional suit pants with cuffs look better with heavy shoes such as oxfords. However, lighter fabrics can work with a variety of shoe styles.

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