How Meghan Markle always keeps her sleeves rolled just so

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Meghan Markle has mastered dressing for royal functions effortlessly, no doubt thanks to her many red carpet appearances in Hollywood. But being a California girl, she also knows how to nail the casual look too.

When off duty, you'll often spot Meghan wearing jeans and a rolled up shirt, and there lies the secret: the rolled-up sleeves, which are actually a lot more complicated than you'd think. You want it to look polished but relaxed, so it doesn't look like you're heading into a board meeting.

And according to Meghan's Mirror, the Duchess of Sussex uses a precise method to roll up her sleeves, called the J.Crew cuff, as it's the one used in the American store.

It involves first rolling up the sleeve to just below your elbow, then rolling it up again leaving one cuff length showing below the actual cuff, the you want to roll it one last time to cover the cuff (see diagram above).

This neat trick also ensures your rolled-up sleeves will remain in place all day, just like Meghan's. Don't you just love a life hack?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.