How to Tight Roll Pants

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Tight rolling one's trousers was a popular fad in the 1980s. Today, this form of wearing trousers can be done to dress for a costume party or some other function.

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    Try to only use straight leg or tapered trousers for tight rolling. Wider trousers offer too much fabric for tight rolling and make it more difficult to roll. If using trousers with wider legs is unavoidable, you may want to pin the trousers after they are rolled in order to keep the tight roll secure.

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    Wear the trousers. You cannot tight roll trousers when you don't have them on. Don't try to do this before you put them on.

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    Pull one trousers leg at a time to your side at the base of the trousers and hold it securely. Be careful not to let the trousers leg swing around your leg, and be sure to pull to the side and not upwards.

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    Place your opposite hand at the base of the trousers, where the loose portion of the trousers meets your leg. Be careful not to let the trousers leg swing around your leg, or you will not be able to role the trousers securely.

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    Fold the loose portion of the trousers over the top of your opposite hand and the portion of the trousers tightly encircled by the remaining base of the trousers.

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    Carefully remove your opposite hand and keep the trousers leg secure with the loose portion still securely folded.

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    Work your way down the tight trousers leg to the very end of the trousers so that both of your hands are holding the wrapped trousers leg secure.

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    Roll the folded trousers leg up twice, or as many times as desired.

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    Repeat the same steps for the second trousers leg. It may take one or two tries before you have mastered making securely tight rolls.

Tips and warnings

  • When tight rolling your trousers, you will need a little room for give when rolling up the trousers legs. (You don't want to cut circulation off to your foot.) If you are having troubles rolling the trousers up your leg, you may have wrapped the trousers too tightly around the base of your leg.

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