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Knowing how to roll shirt sleeves makes a considerable difference in the silhouette of your outfit.

It can keep a level of formality in hotter weather. Or it can take your outfit to business casual.

This simple art – which takes a few minutes to master – makes a world of difference to your appearance and the social signals you send. (And it can also make your arms appear larger!)

In this article, I’ll show you how to roll up shirt sleeves in five different ways:

  1. The Master Roll
  2. AIFA Roll
  3. The Basic Roll
  4. The High Roller
  5. The Garter Roll

You will also find:

  • How Do You Make Rolled Up Sleeves Look Good
  • When Can You Wear Rolled Sleeves With A Tie

Let’s start with a bit of context…

What Does It Mean When A Guy Rolls Up His Sleeves?

Historically, men have rolled up their shirt sleeves in preparation for work (or an occasional fight) because the clothing was expensive, and they didn’t want to damage it.

Watch any old Western film and notice how men take that extra moment to fold their sleeves before landing a punch!

Men also rolled up sleeves at the end of a long day as they headed for a drink.

In the modern world – the act of rolling sleeves has evolved into a style statement.

The way you roll your sleeves indicates:

  1. Cooling off in hot weather – rolling up sleeves allows air to flow over more of your skin directly.
  2. A relaxed attitude at the end of a hard day’s work – rolled-up sleeves can dress down a formal outfit.
  3. Preparation for physical labor – rolled-up shirt sleeves are the universal symbol to indicate men at work.

While some may argue that there is one particular right way to roll up your shirt sleeves, I suggest several methods, and depending on the situation you find yourself in – one of them will be better than the rest.

Should Your Sleeve Stop Above Or Below The Elbow?

The simple answer is: above the elbow if you’re about to do work. And below the elbow, if you’re cooling off.

How To Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

For these methods, the first step is to undo the buttons on the cuff and gauntlet of your shirt. You’ll find a gauntlet button halfway up the sleeve opening on most good shirts.

The gaps are there to allow for proper sleeve-rolling and cuff-ironing – if they’re long enough to serve their purpose, they’ll be too long to stay closed without a button.

Sleeve Rolling Method #1 The Master Roll

How do you roll a master sleeve?

  1. Roll up the sleeve to about two widths of the cuff, then smooth any creases or folds in the fabric.
  2. Roll from the bottom end of the sleeve once more to cover the cuff, leaving only the top end of the cuff exposed.
  3. If the inside of the cuff has a contrasting color or design, show just a hint of it and cover the rest.
  4. Hold the top edge of the cuff and pull down to undo the fold.

Modern sartorialists accept the master roll as the preferred way to roll up sleeves. But I find many men have never heard of it.

Pro Tip: This is how to roll up sleeves when your shirt has a contrasting lining or design pattern on the inside of the cuff. The striking contrast is visible ONLY when you use the master roll. Show off the chambray inner cuffs on your flannel shirt.

This method is my favorite for the following reasons:

  • It’s the least restrictive. It gets the sleeve entirely out of the way – allowing for natural arm movement.
  • The sleeves are locked in place and won’t come undone as the day progresses.
    Unrolling the sleeve is simple and quick.
  • It keeps the whole appearance neat and in place.

Sleeve Rolling Method #2 AIFA Roll

how to roll up shirt sleeves infographic - AIFA roll

How to roll the AIFA roll?

  1. Fold the bottom of the sleeve once, about the width of the cuff.
  2. Using a similar width, repeat a second time with the folded cuff.
  3. Avoid smoothing the fabric. The AIFA Roll is supposed to look casual and effortless.

The AIFA Roll screams casual. This one is the most straightforward technique to fold your shirt sleeve.

It adheres to the rule of thirds – a design principle that has implications in men’s style too. In the AIFA Roll, the sleeves expose only a third of your arm. This ratio is visually appealing according to the rule of thirds.

The AIFA Roll is suitable for men who have short and narrow arms. Rolling your sleeves using this technique will make your arms look proportional to the rest of your body.

This roll ends below the elbow and is perfect for a day out with the family. The only setback is that it comes undone quite easily.

Sleeve Rolling Method #3 The Basic Roll

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How to roll the the Basic Sleeve Roll?

  1. Using the cuff as a measuring point, fold the cuff once.
  2. Repeat the first step several times, tugging at the fabric to make sure it is straight and smooth.
  3. Roll up until you go past the elbow.

Also called the ‘Beginner Roll,’ this method is the intuitive way to roll sleeves. If you’ve ever watched someone who hasn’t been around people who know how to roll up sleeves, you’ll see them use the Basic Roll.

Depending on the shirt and fit, the Basic Roll can be time-consuming. It restricts your hand movements and is difficult to undo.

The Basic sleeve roll is suitable when your shirt sleeves are considerably wider than your arms. The extra fabric allows for the third fold.

Some casual shirts feature a button or thin strip of fabric on the inside of the sleeve to secure a Basic Roll.

Sleeve Rolling Method #4 The High Roller

how to roll up shirt sleeves infographic - high roller

How to roll the High Roller?

  1. Lay your shirt down on a flat surface.
  2. Fold your sleeve about a cuff width.
  3. Follow the same step a second time, covering the folded portion of the cuff.
  4. Roll the sleeve a third and fourth time to cover the entire cuff.
  5. The High Roller works best with semi-casual or informal shirts.

Do you have upper arms worth displaying? Then consider yourself a high roller when it comes to how to roll up sleeves.

This method suits men with big biceps and tattoos on their arms. The sleeves are rolled well above the elbows.

It’s also great for manual work and gives you a laidback look.

On more fitted shirts, this technique looks like you have a bagel stuck on your biceps. The Master Roll is better suited for fitted formal shirts.

Sleeve Rolling Method #5 The Garter Roll

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How do I use a garter to roll sleeves?

  1. Secure the upper part of your shirt sleeve using a sleeve band.
  2. Pull the shirt up few inches to hide the sleeve band under the shirt folds.
  3. A bonus option is to secure a Master Roll using a sleek and smart metal sleeve band.
  4. You can also use a strong rubber band. Ensure the band hides in the shirt sleeve folds.

Shirt arm clips are an elegant alternative to sleeve garters. This variation of the garter looks like a tie clip and is a good piece of jewelry that sits vertically on your arm. Roll your sleeves up following the Master Roll method, then insert the arm clip facing out.
Garters and arm clips are great props for conversation starters at parties.

Over time, the shirt sleeve tends to lose its elasticity; they tend to unroll and create frustration, especially if you are doing something important, like helping the wife with the dishes.

New York restaurant waiters in the 1960s found an intelligent solution. They worked out how to roll up sleeves and secure them with a sleeve band or sleeve garter, holding the folded sleeve firmly in place.

The sleeve band disappeared for a few decades, and regained popularity after soccer player David Beckham used them to give his sleeves a slim and neat appearance.
Sleeve garters are generally elastic, but you can also find metal and silk ones in various colors and patterns.

Garters will make your sleeve-rolling a whole lot easier and give you a retro and unique look.

How Do You Make Rolled Up Sleeves Look Good?

  1. Ensure that the rolled length on each arm is the same.
  2. The sleeves should stop above the elbow if you’re about to do work.
  3. Roll your sleeves below the elbow if you’re cooling off.
  4. Iron or press your shirt before rolling the sleeves to remove any creases.

If you find yourself rolling your shirt sleeves either because they are too short or long, my advice would be to find a good tailor.

When Can You Wear Rolled Sleeves With A Tie?

In general, avoid wearing rolled sleeves with a tie. These are two contradictory style elements. Rolled sleeves indicate the casual style, while a tie leans more towards a formal style. But I can think of two occasions when it’s appropriate to roll up your sleeves when wearing a tie.

  1. When you want to prevent them from being damaged or getting dirty, so if you’re going to be working with your hands – moving office equipment or anything that could tear your sleeves or get them dirty – roll up your sleeves and get to work. And you don’t even have to take off your tie.
  2. When you want to signal that you’re off work or it’s time to relax – especially if you’re the boss and others take their cue from you; in that case, you’re not just going to roll up your sleeves, but you’re also going to loosen your tie. Take your jacket off.

Shortening your shirt sleeves can be fun, irrespective of the season. Experiment with the various methods listed above and mix it up, so you are not stuck with the same styles.
The length of your shirt sleeves can impact the whole outfit, so you must get it right.

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How to wear your watch correctly

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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