Clothes of the Eighties, French-rolled pants
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Sex: Both
Type of clothing: Jeans
When it was popular: 1988-1991
Description: Jeans and or khakis: Pull the bottom of pant leg out until you can't pull anymore. Fold over the material to the outside of your leg so it fits around your ankle tightly. Cuff it once. Cuff it again. Your jeans are french-rolled. Don't make it too tight though or the rolls will ride up your leg and you'll look like a dork. DO NOT wear socks with your khakis and loafers if you're a guy! The french roll must be on the outside of the leg so that the crease from the roll faces in opposite directions....that's how we did it.
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shelly d - August 16, 2007 - Report this comment
LOL- I am really laughing out loud!!! My husband and I have talked about this style before. I THINK it was more popular in the midwest. Man was that a hot way to wear clothes... blah! I would just throw up if my kids started doing that! lol
Shelly - October 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Here in Midwest you were not cool unless you rolled your jeans, and clean rolls meant you were even cooler. Because your creases were as perfect as you could get. I showed my son this one day and then I got the comment that I was a dork....LOL
billie - December 04, 2007 - Report this comment
wow! i used to do this too. but we called it tight-rolling your pants. i would wear stonewashed jeans(tight-rolled) with lace-trim socks and black patent dress shoes that had bows on them!
jojo - December 10, 2007 - Report this comment
OMG! we called it prep rolling our jeans! my 35 yr old cousin still does it when we go clubbing! he is such a dork!!
steph - March 20, 2008 - Report this comment
We called it tight rolling at my school. Girls would tight roll their pants and wear 2 pairs of slouch socks sometimes. When I would try on new pants at the store, I would make sure I could tight roll them nicely or I wouldn't buy them. jeez! I also have a dorky 36 year old cousin that still does that.
Janie - July 25, 2008 - Report this comment
We called it Pegging our jeans. I am 35 too adn i just remember doing it in high school.. that wouldve been 1987-1991. The main difference is that we would do the seam on the inside of the leg so it wouldnt show..If you didnt peg your jeans, you wore your socks over your jeans.. to tell you the truth i dont know why someone didnt come out with "skinny jeans" back then like we have now.. it wouldve made it easier to get our socks over our pants.
Jeremiah - December 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Ha! We called it pegging too. I used to have a pair of black Levi's that were red on the inside, so when you rolled em' the roll was red! I was such a dork! Course, I also owned a pair of "hammer pants"......:)
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I've always been on the tall side with long legs so I HATED the French rolling fad. My jeans were way too short once I had "pegged" or "French rolled" them! At my school everyone just called it pegging instead of French rolling. But it's the same fad. I was so glad when the 90's hit and no one did this anymore!
Jt62786 - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a few pairs.
Fran76 - April 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I did this in 6th grade w/my acid washed..The slouch socks..Penny Loafers became HOT HOT HOT so I wore my penny loafers w/my slouch sox & rolled acid washed..I thought i was sooooo cool!
Megan - July 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Yeah you definately had to roll your jeans at one point in time
sam - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
we called it "penny-rolling". So HOT!
aarthi - February 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I am a fashion journalism student and am doing a trend report on rolled up pants. I would be really grateful if someone who is following this trend can fill in my survey for research. It would only take 5 minutes of your time. My email id is
jen1973 - April 28, 2011 - Report this comment
That is the only way we wore out jeans in Northern Michigan in the 1980's!
dawn - April 20, 2012 - Report this comment
We called it tight rolled too. You had to roll your jeans and be able to wear at least 3 pairs socks with them and your socks had to be the different on each, pink and blue on one and theblue, pink, red on the other.
annie - May 11, 2012 - Report this comment
the forenza baggy cargo pants from the 80's , had them in every color. loved them, cant find them anywhere online or in vintage stores
Ryan - October 10, 2013 - Report this comment
We all did this but I never heard "French Roll" We also wore socks, sometimes we tucked them into the socks
ViX - April 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I live on the east coast...back in the day, you were a total loser if you didn't wear acid wash jeans with the cuffs rolled! Lol! Here, everyone called it *pinch pleated* and *stone washed*. I agree with the other comment...someone should have done skinny jeans in the 80s!!!! I HHHAHAAAATED pinch pleating AND the way it looked! But you had to in school or your friends thought you weren't cool lol.
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Pete - April 20, 2016 - Report this comment
Lol, we had that in Detroit too. The French rolled jeans with $120 Nike "Air" Jordans, with patented air pockets or you WEREN'T cool, LMAO. Girls, you had those tall bangs that looked like a tidal wave- aim blow dryer at bangs&hairspray simultaneously, right?
Pete - April 20, 2016 - Report this comment
Operation, Rubiks-cube, etch-a-sketch, simon, & "you sunk my battleship!" Remember that commercial: the kid with the mullet would show up and his girl would hold his "jean-jacket" while he played that weird game? Everyone circled around, After he won, she put his jean jacket on him like he was some kind of urban godfather? Crossfire! Thats it! Ugh, almost as bad as "members only" jackets, LOL.

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