Rolling a chino adds style to a look. It creates a visual stopping point, just like a shirt collar or a sleeve cuff at your wrist. I tend to roll my Locke Lake Straight Fit Chinos once or twice. It makes for a more polished, clean look, especially when paired with my Earthkeepers Original 6-inch Boots.
With chinos, the hem of the pant usually dictates the width of the cuff
There’s an extra 1” to 1 3/4” of fabric stitched into the bottom, so if you roll it exactly at the seam, you’re golden.
Adjust the cuff to your height
If you’re under 5’10” stick to cuffs that are 1 1/2” or less. If you’re over 5’10”, stick to a 1 1/3” cuff. The size of a cuff can actually change how tall you appear.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true.
Stick to the standard
With chinos, one to two cuffs is a classic look.
In the summer I roll my cuff twice to show some ankle (which is a great hack if you’re on the shorter side because a narrow cuff rolled two or three times with a little skin showing will make you look taller).
When in doubt...
Roll all your pants once or twice with a 1.5” cuff. It works with everything and always looks sharp.
P.S. A pinroll is when you pinch the fabric on your pant leg and fold it flat against your leg before you cuff it, essentially creating a pleat for your pant. A great option with oxfords or loafers but stay away from sneakers unless you want to look like you’re wearing ‘dad jeans’.