By tom spearman-black
5 minute read

28th of March 2021

To Turn Up Or Not To Turn Up


That’s the eternal question when it comes to men’s trousers.

There’s so many rules and opinions that it’s quite easy to get lost in the fog of everything.

Should you flash sock or ankle? How small or large should your turn-up be? And is there ever a time when it’s not suitable?

Well we wanted to try and make it simple – but as it turns out it’s not that easy. So, in the name of research we’ve spoken to friends, stylists, Google and even Alexa and here’s just a few things we found out. We hope it’s helpful. And isn’t just creating more fog.


Height


If you’re shorter, nothing more than a one and a quarter inch; taller, then go for two inches.

And if you’re in the middle, well you can do the maths (it’s one and three quarters of an inch).




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Size


Turn-ups should hit the top of the shoe, causing a small fold – known as a break – but, of course, this rule doesn’t always apply.

If you’re wearing boat shoes or loafers, then it should be higher. Ankle high ideally.

This is where you can flash some serious sockage or even skin.

And if you like wearing a boot, you can go the whole hog and turn up higher and show off your favourite footwear – just don’t veer into This is England territory. No one likes a bovver boy in 2021.


How To


As we see it, on trousers (denim is a whole different ball game), there’s a couple of strong turn up techniques that will work perfectly.

  1. Classic Turn-up

Make one to three narrow folds. That’s folds. Not rolls. Nice and crisp.

  1. Taper Turn-up

Also known as the ‘Pinroll Cuff’ to our American friends. After your first fold (again not roll, that’s very important) make a vertical fold across the turned up trouser leg, and then fold up again horizontally. This will create a taper effect. We think it looks great with a pair of classic white trainers.


When To


The more formal a situation you find yourself in means you might have to let the turn up go – especially in interviews if you’re lucky enough not to have to wear a suit to impress potential employers

 

Steve McQueen managed to wear trousers turned up, turned down, with socks and without, with boots and with trainers and still stay the epitome of cool.


Inspiration

Steve McQueen managed to wear trousers turned up, turned down, with socks and without, with boots and with trainers and still stay the epitome of cool.




So, did we answer the question, or make it clearer? Did the fog clear even just a little bit?

Look, rules are made to be broken or better yet ignored, so whatever you decide, we reckon you’ll look great.

If you’ve been inspired to give a trouser turn-up a go, you can shop the elgen trouser below.



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