How To Fix Long Shirt Sleeves In A Pinch

This is a really old post, but it luckily still holds up!

Here’s a scenario: You’re getting dressed for an event. Your suit’s been dry cleaned, shoes have been shined, your new dress shirt is ironed and you’re all set to go. You put on your pants, tuck in and button your dress shirt, buckle your belt, tie your shoes and throw on your suit jacket while giving yourself a once-over in the mirror.

But something looks off.

There’s too much shirt sleeve peeking from underneath your jacket! Most (sloppy) guys will shrug it off and continue their night like it’s no big deal.

PLEASE don’t be like most guys!

There’s a quick and simple fix called “The Rubberband Trick”

1. Grab 2 rubberbands.

Make sure they’re large enough to wrap comfortably around your forearm without cutting off your circulation.

2. Remove your jacket, if it’s on. Place a rubberband over your sleeve, onto your forearm.

Around the middle of forearm, where there’s the most meat.

3. Tug your shirt sleeves up until your cuffs hit your wrist (this is the appropriate sleeve length).

Your cuffs should end at the bend of your wrist. Bend your wrist up and your shirt cuff should be barely touching the top of your hand.

4. Repeat for the other arm.

5. Throw on your jacket, adjust as needed and you’re ready to go!

Make sure that only about 1/2 of cuff is showing from underneath your jacket. If your jacket’s sleeves are short, adjust your shirt sleeves to only peek out a half inch. It’s better to have shorter sleeves with proper cuff spacing, than the opposite.

The rubberbands will hold your sleeves all night long. Just make sure, that if you remove your jacket at some point throughout the night, to take the rubberbands off your forearms. You’ll get some odd stares if you don’t.

How To Mix Patterns

Nick Wooster, master of sartorial style & Creative Director of J.C. Penney, clearly knows what he’s doing when mixing patterns.

The key to wearing patterns, especially bold ones like this herringbone jacket and harris tweed tie, is to break it up.

Without the solid black vest, his outfit would just look like one giant fabric swatch and frankly, like you’re trying too hard. The vest frames the tie, allowing it to complement the outfit, and helps break up the 2 different patterns. Look at how much cooler, almost relaxed the outfit looks with that vest. Adding the white cotton pocket square also helps.

Let me also mention the other details that really pull this all together:

  • The collar of his shirt lays neatly under his vest – as it always should!
  • Hair perfectly coiffed.
  • Facial hair groomed impeccably.
  • The thickness of his frames complements the jacket pattern.

Source: The Sartorialist