5 Ways in Which Men Can Roll Up Their Shirt Sleeves

Rolling up of sleeves is a normal thing for most men, either intentionally or not. The way you roll it can also determine your look such as formal, informal or casual.

Rolling your sleeves above the elbow could signify you’re about to do work. And below the elbow if you’re just cooling off and want to let in some air or to signal that it’s the end of the day.

However there are quite a number of reasons why they do so and is listed below;


1. It could be that you need to protect the sleeves from water, dust or dirt such as washing your hands, helping to move office furniture or rendering first aid.

2. It could be due to the weather which may be hot or humid.

3. When trying to engage in a fight.

4. When eating foods that could easily make a mess.

5. While commuting or traveling.

6. When in a relaxed attitude at the end of a hard day’s work such as men headed to the bar for a drink with their mates.

In recent times, the act of rolling sleeves has evolved into a style statement and there are a number of ways to achieve this.


Ways To Roll Your Sleeves

This article explains 5 ways by which you can roll up your sleeves.

1. The Master Roll

This type of roll allows for natural arm movement and does not restrict as it gets the sleeve completely out of the way.

Also, it gives you a nice appearance and it is very easy to unroll very quickly.


To achieve a master roll, you have to roll up the sleeve to about two widths of the cuff.

Ensure there are no folds in the fabric in the process of rolling up.

Roll from the bottom end of the sleeve once more to cover the cuff, leaving only the top end of the cuff exposed.

If the inside of the cuff has a contrasting color or design, show just a hint of it and cover the rest.

Hold the top edge of the cuff and pull down to undo the fold.


2. The Basic Roll


This type of roll is also referred to as the beginner Roll. The Basic sleeve roll is suitable when your shirt sleeves are considerably wider than your arms.

To create the basic roll, start off with the cuff as the measuring template.

Fold the cuff once and repeat the first step several times, tugging at the fabric to make sure it is straight and smooth. Roll up until you go past the elbow.

Depending on the shirt and fit, the basic roll can be very time consuming. It restricts your hand movements and is also difficult to undo.

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

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3. AIFA / Marine Roll

The AIFA roll is the easiest technique to fold your shirt sleeve and it makes the gives you a casual look.

In the AIFA roll, the sleeves expose only a third of your arm.

To create this roll, you have to fold the bottom of the sleeve once, about the width of the cuff.
Thereafter, using a similar width, you repeat the same process a second time with the folded cuff. This roll ends below the elbow.

However, 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.


4. The High Roller

For men with upper arms, big biceps and tattoos on their arms and want to display them ; consider a high roller shirts as it suits and is perfect for you.
The sleeves are rolled well above the elbows and works best with semi-casual or informal shirts.

To achieve the high roller  look, you have to fold your sleeves before wearing your shirt.

To achieve this roll, lay your shirt down on a flat surface and fold your sleeve about a cuff width.

Follow the same step a second time, covering the folded portion of the cuff. After this, roll the sleeve for the third and fourth time to cover the entire cuff.

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5. The Garter Roll 

A sleeve garter is a garter worn on the sleeve of a shirt. Sleeve garters allow men to customize sleeve lengths and keep their cuffs from becoming soiled while working. It is also important to keep a shirt at the correct length when worn under a jacket.

Sleeve garters are generally elastic, but you can also find metal and silk ones in a range of colors and patterns.

To roll up your sleeves with a garter, you will secure the upper part of your shirt sleeve using a sleeve band. Then pull the shirt up few inches to hide the sleeve band under the shirt folds.


An alternative to shirt garters are the shirt arm clips. This variation of the garter looks like a tie clip and is an acceptable 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.

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