How to Roll Up Layered Sleeves

I’ve gotten a surprising amount of comments and emails asking about how to fold layered sleeves without all the bunching, so here you go!  Sorry the image is so huge.  I wanted you to be able to see the details.  🙂

The key for me seems to be to fold part of the outer sleeve.  Folding it up means more of the material lies flat, which means less material has to be bunched up.  Also, I think folding some of the shirt’s sleeve over the outer layer also means that you don’t have to push/bunch the outer sleeve up quite as high to get your desired overall length, which also means less bunching.

Anyway, that’s what I do to avoid the bunching, though sometimes I think a bunched and messy sleeve looks cool too!

P.S. Top is from The Walk-In Closet (only size L left).  More sizes available at ModCloth but $5 more.  Cardigan is from H&M.

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    Renae R
    February 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This is awesome! I'm always confused by this!! 🙂 BTW I think your photo is the one i'm taking to the stylist next time I get my hair cut!! So cute!

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    February 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I have always struggled with having rolled up sleeves either 1. staying up and 2. not being all bunched up. Thanks for the explanation!

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    Kelsey Wilburn
    February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    thanks for giving us another look at sleeves! i have a really rough time making them work.

    kw ladies in navy

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    Agi Mayer
    February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Great tutorial.I find the trick is to unbunch everything and then it's much easier to roll up the sleeves.


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    Diana Jeffers
    February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you! Much needed information!!

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    February 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! As simple as it seems, I can't do this right to save my life. I've often struggle to get this look. My sweater and whatever shirt I have underneath, always look so botched up.

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    Sarah With A Bow
    February 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Step 0: Own a button up shirt that fits you well enough to go under a cardigan sleeve in the first place.

    That's the step I always trip myself up on. Anyway, good little tutorial. It is helpful. (:

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    February 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Awesome! Pinned this! Thank you!

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    February 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I use exactly this same method, except I do it with the garments on a hanger so I can use both hands. 🙂

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    February 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    How do I pin this? I don't see the button to do so. Thanks!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    OH, that is pure genius!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    If you hover the mouse over any image, a large red "P" button will appear in the top right corner of the image. Click on the "P" button and you should be able to pin!

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    February 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Does anyone have problems with stretching their cardigans too much using this method? (…This probably indicates a cardigan that is low quality, which I often run into, oops!)

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    February 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

    pinning this now! Great info!

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    Janell Sheppard
    February 20, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I think this is one of my favorite posts!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 20, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Hmm…I own a LOT of cardigans and have never had a problem with stretching. Mine always have enough elastic in them that they bounce back into shape just fine. Dunno what to tell you, sorry!

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    February 20, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Thank you so much!

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    February 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    So that's how it works! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    February 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks! I wondered how to do that!

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    February 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I came to work this morning in a cardigan and a long sleeve shirt with both sleeves down. I opened up your post and followed the instructions right at my desk. Outfit transformed instantly! Thanks!

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    Feathers & Freckles
    February 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Great tutorial! I am terrible at rolling my sleeves up and usually end up just pushing them up into a messy cluster of fabric 😀

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    Ashley Brooks
    February 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    SO TRUE! I think I need looser sweaters or something, because whenever I try layering like this, my arms end up looking (and feeling) like stuffed sausages!

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    February 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    You're awesome! Thank you for this tutorial, pinning so I can refer back to it all the time 🙂

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    February 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Yes! I've been wondering about this! I'm so clothing challenged sometimes.

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    February 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

    My sleeves are ALWAYS trying to bunch up. Thanks for this!

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    February 21, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I have been a fan of your blog for a while…but for whatever reason could never leave a post bc kept getting message about browser incompatibility. 🙁 Long story short, I can finally leave comments now! I am super excited! Thanks for writing such interesting and useful posts…and for showcasing your great style too! 😉

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 21, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Aw, thanks Tese! There have been a few people who have said they couldn't leave comments due to browser issues too. I'm glad you can leave comments now too! Thanks for taking the time to do so!

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    Michele R
    August 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks Michele! Glad you're here! (and on GCOGH 😀 )

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    Ariana Gattone
    November 16, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Hi! I would love to use the photo you’ve created in this article for my Instagram page. Would that be alright with you? I would tag you in it of course! 🙂

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