Easy Oufit Upgrade: Cuff Your Jeans

(Source: PacificCoastNews.com, FameFlynet Pictures, Jj/Bauer Griffin) Want to make one little change to transform your entire look? Fold the hems of your denim. 

Nothing's easier than throwing on a pair of jeans in the morning. If you're like mother, actress, and style star Jessica Alba, you might pair a roomy set with cap-toe heels, a punchy blazer and a statement bag or two. Left alone, her jeans would have blended into the outfit, but when cuffed, her legs appear longer and you start to notice all the other perfect little details that really pull together her look: the cuffed blazer, the mirrored sunnies, the studded belt. It's all about the little things.
Jessica Alba Makes a Coffee Run in LAJessica Alba is all smiles as she makes a Starbucks run before heading into her Honest Company office in Los Angeles. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »When you're on the go—oxfords on and hat pulled low—jeans make perfect sense. A-lister January Jones illustrates how a little cuff at the ankle can add a feminine touch to even the most basic of silhouettes. We love the tapered jeans she chose and think the little flash of skin below the knee keeps the look a little preppy and young. 

January Jones Gets Lunch with a Friend — Part 2'Madmen' actress January Jones grabs lunch with a friend at Little Dom's in Los Feliz, California on June 13, 2013. (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »Actress Shenae Grimes proves the absolute simplest outfit can still benefit from a cuffed hem. Her plaid shirt and tank epitomize the off-duty look, but with the simple double-fold of her jeans, she makes a statement that says "I may not be working, but that doesn't mean I can't work it."

Shenae Grimes on the Set of A cheerful Shenae Grimes sports tattered jeans and a blue plaid shirt as she embraces a crew member on the set of "90210". The CW star was spotted most recently at New York Fashion Week front row at Rebecca Taylor's Fall 2010 show. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »And finally there's superstar Rihanna. She wore a seriously distressed pair of boyfriend jeans with a sparkly top and statement bag, plus a major dose of attitude. Her jeans, perfectly rolled with a touch of unevenness, show off her gorgeous sandals. Left full length, the pants would have looked awkward, but with the silhouette tightened up and a flash of extra skin, she nails the downtown party look.

Rihanna and Cara Delevingne Party in LondonRihanna and Cara Delevingne party at Boujis Club where Rihanna's brother was performing in London. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Let's make a few observations here: the cuff is crucial, first and foremost, to updating the overall shape of an ensemble. Whether you're wearing flats a la Grimes and Jones, strappy sandals like island girl Rihanna, or serious heels like Alba, the cuff is a surefire way to make sure your look still flatters your shape.

As for the type of cuff, look to the jeans themselves. Baggier, roomier styles tend to look best with a cuff that's a little loose itself, as seen above. Tighter, skinnier pants benefit from more uniform cuffs. Experiment with the double or single fold—each pair of jeans and each oufit might warrant a different approach.
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