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    Extra Effort: Rolling Your Short Sleeves

    8th May 2013
    It’s Wednesday, which means Intern Gabi is here to drop some youthful knowledge on us. Are you ready?

    ……

    Of all the Spring Essentials, the short sleeve button up is at the top of my watch list. As in my stalking-guys-who-wear-them watch list. They are the perfect overlapping section of a Venn diagram between long sleeve button up and basic tee, so it’s hard not to fall in love with these shirts.

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    But there’s a little something extra you guys can do that makes this already awesome shirt so000 much better. I’m not sure why, but there is something so undeniably attractive about rolling up short sleeves.

    It could be the little glimpse of where the deltoid meets the bicep exposed by a higher sleeve, or it could be the bad boy vibe it gives off, even without the pack of cigarettes stuffed inside. Whatever it is, rolling the sleeves takes this style of shirt from Dwight to James Dean. It even looks good with regular tees!

    Since the short sleeve button up is going to be a regular in your spring and summer wardrobe (if it’s not already) I put together a sleeve rolling guide, inspired by SG’s Guide to Rolling Shirtsleeves. Just follow the steps in the pics below and voilà, you’ll be a spiffy springtime stud.

    There are two ways to roll: neat and disheveled.

    NEAT ROLL
    1. Cuff the sleeve with the hem of the fabric

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    2. Roll once, keeping the same width of the sleeve hem

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    ^ And that’s it! ^
    DISHEVELED ROLL
    1. Roll tightly and haphazardly (approx. 3 rolls)

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    There you have it! Now you know how to take your short sleeve button up to the next level.

    Tell Me,

    Have you rolled your short sleeved shirts? What other small styling tricks do you use?

    • http://twitter.com/e_federspiel E. Federspiel

      Any thoughts on rolling sleeves that are extra-roomy? Due to my puny arms (seriously, some of the armholes would fit someone with DOUBLE the circumference of my arms), my short-sleeves button downs and t-shirts often have a TON of extra room in the sleeves. In fact, I’ve got a bunch of cool shirts that I won’t wear solely because the armholes are too big.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Take them to a tailor!!! They can get rid of that extra fabric for like, ten bucks. So worth it.

      • http://twitter.com/iamkellen kellen owenby

        A good tailor will become your best friend! While you’re at it, go ahead and get your long sleeve shirts’ arms slimmed down too. You will then have a closet full of your favorite shirts!!!

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        You could try folding the sleeve in on itself before rolling it, but then the top of the sleeve might be princess levels of puffy

    • Jake

      This is totally right. I’ve been in Europe for the past month, and let me tell you, they know their style over there. I mean, in Barcelona, EVERYONE was stylin’ big time. And I saw guys with their short sleeve shirts rolled up a few times, and it looked great. So I’ll definitely be doing it with mine.
      Also, I saw some guys doing it with their short sleeve t-shirts as well, and that looked really good, too.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Totally!

    • http://twitter.com/iamkellen kellen owenby

      I think I would side with having the sleeves tailored over rolling them. I would probably only roll the short sleeves on the weekend if it was really hot…

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        You can do both! A tailored fit will keep the material closer to the arm, but a good roll will make you look oh-so-cool..

        • http://www.facebook.com/tod.creasey Tod Creasey

          The problem is if you have big arms (my issue). I frequently can’t roll long sleeves as they don’t do over my forearm but I might give it a try with short sleeves (although I expect the bicep to be an issue).

    • Eric

      I’ve been doing this ever since I saw the Outsiders for the first time (that one scene where Patrick Swayze is getting ready for the rumble by rolling the sleeves of his T shirt?). I’ve never actually seen anybody wear their sleeves like this in reality, but I’ll roll with confidence now I know that it’s SG-approved!

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        Yes! That was one of the sources of inspiration for this post! I couldnt find a good picture of him with shirt rolled sleeves, Just long sleeves rolled really short

        • Eric

          Swayze pictures or not, great post!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1047240221 Adam Wyatt

      This is good to hear! I’ve always liked the rolled short sleeves, but I wasn’t sure if others (especially girls) liked it. I wasn’t sure if people would think I’m trying to hard to show off my arms. Consider this style added to my style repertoire. Thanks Gabi!

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        Yes, we love it! Hope to see your execution of it in an OOTW entry!

    • Michael Fitchko

      Great post! This is one of those awesome little details consistently pointed out on SG where putting in a little extra effort actually gives off an effortless subtle confidence; which, according to wikipedia, is a thing you ladies are attracted to.
      I’m a fan of the single roll using the hem – I feel like Steve McQueen when my short sleeves get rolled up. Except polo shirts; when those sleeves get rolled up, I feel like an LPGA player.

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        Wikipedia knows what’s up ;)

    • http://twitter.com/recontinuum Rodney Glenn LaBauex

      i love that green (mint) short sleeve button up! is that the ASOS one from the Spring Essentials post? If not, can you link to it or something similar? Thanks :)

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        It is the ASOS one! The picture is actually a link to the shirt’s page :)

    • Jerms

      The ASOS short sleeved oxford in the first pic is honestly one of my favorite fitting shirts I own. I own one in every color they sell and roll the sleeves everytime i wear them.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        What colors do you have??

        • Jerms

          Light blue, grey, white, mint green and a lavender-ish one

    • Chris Z

      Short sleeve button ups are the worst. Sorry guys, better to just roll your spring appropriate long sleeves

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Sorry to hear you don’t like them; women love them on guys. It’s a very “studly NASA employee” kind of look

        • http://www.facebook.com/tod.creasey Tod Creasey

          I toyed with the idea of no short sleeves (I work in a REALLY casual office, flip flops and T shirts everywhere) but when it gets hot there is a lot more ventilation in a short sleeve than there is in a rolled up long sleeve. Being sweaty always trumps any minor fashion consideration for me.

          • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

            I totally agree with the sweaty statement. There’s only so much antiperspirant and cologne can do.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.vanderhorst.1232 Mark Vanderhorst

          WOW, not only do I have to dress right, I have to work for NASA too?…..

        • http://www.themodestman.com/ Brock

          If you are going to stick with long sleeves, roll them up above the elbow. Underrated look, in my opinion, especially if your sleeves aren’t slim.

    • Adam

      I started doing it by accident since a few of my short-sleeve button ups tend to roll a bit at the hems if I am a little slow getting them out of the dryer… What are your thoughts on slim fit short sleeve button up (sleeves rolled), with tie and tie bar? I wore that today and got in a debate with a co-worker, she said you can’t wear a tie bar with short sleeves (I wear one 95% of times I wear a tie), which I disagree with (I’ll even do the same look with tailored shorts…).

      • http://twitter.com/FocusTies Focus Ties

        Don’t listen to your work mate, haters gonna hate! (yeah that was the worst poem ever). But seriously, short sleeves and ties, with or without a tie bar is great. Some people just aren’t in to tie bars at all, regardless of the shirt you are wearing… keep doing what you are doing I say!

        • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

          I think that was a great poem :)

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        I feel like the rolled sleeve is more of an off-duty, no-tie look, but that’s just me! Try it out!

    • Brad hov

      does rolling up the sleeves work for someone with thinner arms or does doing it just emphasize the skinniness of them?

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        I mean, if your arms are skinny, they’re skinny. Right? I say roll ‘em, and be proud!

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        I like it on skinny guys! One guy whose skinny that I think wears the rolled sleeve look really well is Louis Tomlinson from 1 Direction (the teen boy band).

        • Brad hov

          thanks. i like the idea of doing something to dress up an otherwise plainer shirt and i’d score bonus points withmy kids if I throw the one direction apsect in there!

        • DanPatrickFlores

          Haha, I don’t if you won more guys over or pushed them away with the One Direction reference. But oh well, gotta do what makes you beautiful and live while we’re young!

          • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

            Nailed it.

    • Kevin

      I’ve been doing this for a while. It’s the tits

    • http://twitter.com/IPv6Freely Chris Jones

      Definitely not.

    • Not rolling short sleeves

      Wow. First, short sleeve button ups are pretty lame to being with. But this rolling short sleeves thing? I hate this look. Good luck dudes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.vanderhorst.1232 Mark Vanderhorst

      What if the rolled look starts to show a tattoo that the boss does not know you have?

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        Hmmm. After much deliberation I’ve come to the conclusion that you can a) use tattoo-covering makeup, or b) save it as an off-duty look. Great question!

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.vanderhorst.1232 Mark Vanderhorst

          Thanks

        • Jon

          Along these lines what if you have tattoos on your upper arms and your boss and clients don’t care? I like to show off my tats but sometimes it feels a bit douche-y. Like it looks like I’m tryin too hard. (I don’t feel like I am…) Or what if you hit the gym and you have impressively large bi/triceps? Does rolling up the sleeve and showing them off become a turn off for the ladies? I have both tattoos and large arms.

          • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

            I like both of those! Roll ‘em up and show ‘em off!

            • Jon

              Thanks Gabi!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pokewrangle Wrangler Steve Gunter

      i am so proud to learn from the ever intelligent intern Gabi…thank you

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        Anytime! :)

    • http://twitter.com/MattReeder Matt Reeder

      Okay, why didn’t I ever think of this? As a shorter guy (5’6″), short sleeves have a habit of hitting too close to the elbow for my liking. Roll ‘em? Genius!

      Either that, or I really should find a tailor…

      • http://twitter.com/gabi_meyers gabi meyers

        Both are good options!

    • John

      Well I live in asia and I like this style but I’m afraid I might get teased. Should I go for it?

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Hopefully it’s not friends that would tease you! If so, they’re not very good friends :/

    • RL

      I’ve been rolling up t-shirt sleeves or going sleeveless forever. It feels really good and looks cool

    • RL

      My favorite shirts are the sleeveless polos from LL Bean. They’re unisex and really comfortable. Otherwise I roll up the t-shirt sleeves as high as they’ll go. Love the way they feel and look.

    • RL

      Nordstrom on-line has a really cool line of t-shirts: Topman “High Roller.” The sleeves are short and pre-rolled and tacked to stay in place. A perfect look for sleeve rollers.

    • Steve Sleeves

      I agree with every word in this article! Rolled up short sleeves is my favorite look! Also think wearing a tie with a short-sleeved shirt is the bomb!
      As to the problem of baggy short sleeves, I have found that rolling them can solve this issue as well. The excess fabric can be gathered into the roll… hard to explain, but I kind of twist the sleeve as I am rolling it up.
      Experiment and have fun! That’s what fashion is all about!

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        amen!

    • Vincent

      The short sleeved tee is my new goto look recently. I stole the idea from watching Ryan Gosling in the film “God Only Forgives”

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Did you like that movie? I saw it and found it to be waaay too violent! Not to mention it could have benefited from the addition of an actual plotline..

    • http://dotnetmeditations.com/ Jon

      I haven’t been a fan of short sleeve button ups before, but this gives me a reason to try them again.

    • Cam

      I like the look, but feel awkward pulling it off. I have bigger arms, and it feels a little “look at me” douchy.

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