How To Cuff Jeans And Other Ways To Lighten Up Your Look

How To Cuff Jeans And Other Ways To Lighten Up Your Look

When you want your outfit to feel like spring, but it's cold outside, these style tips share how to cuff jeans and other style hacks that get your outfit spring ready.

It’s spring! The only issue is that it’s still not warm. So wearing all the light and flirty clothes of the season isn’t weather appropriate. And that’s why I’m sharing how to cuff jeans, along with two other style hacks that help your outfit match the spring vibe.

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Watch the video for a style tutorial on how to cuff jeans along with other style hacks to lighten up your look.

And keep reading for more style tips!

How To Cuff Jeans

Wondering how to cuff jeans? The first thing, is you need to make sure your pants aren’t too long. Otherwise they’ll bunch up and not create a clean line for your cuff. I like to cut my pants when I know I’ll cuff them. This way they’re not too bulky.

Start by rolling the pants up, more than you think. You’ll turn them up a few inches. Then fold over the top part so now the roll is cut in half. The last step is to bring the bottom fold up to meet the top. (In the video I demonstrate how to best cuff jeans.)

Here are 2 more style hacks to lighten up your look.

2 Ways To Tie Your Top

Another way to lighten up your look is to tie it up. This is a look I do a lot when I’m working out (it keeps the shirt out of the way), but also when I’m wearing a baggy, or shapeless blouse.

It’s pretty straight forward. Just tie the top in a knot. If it’s not a button down (which is perfect for knot tying!), tie it to the side for added interest. Or try it in the back. The important thing is that you want the bottom of your blouse to be smooth especially if you have details like I do as shown in the video tutorial.

The other way to tie your top is to use a ponytail holder. You’ll just pull the fabric of the top like you’re making a little ponytail. Once it’s tied up, you may have extra fabric hanging out. I always tuck in that extra fabric to my pants for a smooth finish.

Wear Color

NYC always has a lot of black going on wardrobe wise, but in the winter it’s even more. If you want to lighten up your look then adding color will do the trick. You don’t have to go SO bold in head to toe red (unless that’s YOU!), but by introducing even a little bit of color, you’ll feel more spring ready.

If you want to match your outfit with the warm weather vibe, but it’s still cold outside then learn how to cuff jeans, tie up your top and wear more color. These will help you lighten your look and add a bit more spring into your outfit. Click here to get the free color match worksheet so you always know how to add color into your look that looks good.

How do you adjust your outfit to feel spring when it’s still cold?

When you want your outfit to feel like spring but it's cold outside, these style tips share how to cuff jeans and other style hacks that get your outfit spring ready.
Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.


  1. Pamela Goldman says:

    Hey Elysha, I just bought a Michael Kors men’s medium grey suit vest and it looks great alone with nothing underneath with my white jeans. I just finished reading the book, The Curated Closet which I loved …I’m sure you have read it but if not I highly recommend.

  2. I have read that book! It’s got some excellent advice …and good job with your shopping!

  3. Leslie says:

    I’ve seen you in the red print jacket many times but have not seen the white reversible side. I love it, especially with the contrast of the purple blouse!

  4. Thanks, Leslie! I’ll have to wear it out like that.

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