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rolling with Jenna

Doing the Jenna roll. Click on images below for links to items shown.

Attempting the Jenna roll, see below. Click on images below for links to what I’m wearing.

Oh, Pinterest, you foul temptress!! From the moment this shirt from J.Crew appeared in my feed, I had to track it down. Stripes, like them I do. But to carry the Yoda-ism a bit further, “sorry I am not,” because this is a fabulous shirt that is so easy to wear. (Available in Petite and Tall too.)

Do you do the “Jenna roll” on your sleeves?  I’m still getting the hang of it, but find it works better with crisper fabric than with soft silk.

(Beware, sound levels seem to be rather loud on this one.) Maybe I’m crazy, but I love the jeans she’s wearing here.

Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

silk striped 2


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  1. September 26, 2014 / 4:55 am

    Love it, I do. Great shirt and shoes, and thanks for the Jenna clip. I would so raid her closet.

    • October 5, 2014 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, too! xo.

  2. September 26, 2014 / 5:15 am

    The way you felt about the shirt is the way I feel about your cuff…ever since I have seen it I have been in search of something similar…wish I had the extra funds for that one! I just love it! You look awesome in the whole outfit…i am glad you got the shirt! I have been doing “the Roll” for a long time…i called it the Pam roll, but Jenna can have it! Have a great weekend.

  3. Denise
    September 26, 2014 / 9:13 am

    That’s a great video! I confess to using the no-no rolling technique, but will try the Jenna/Pam roll at the next opportunity. I enjoyed the lipstick application contest, too!

    Love your shirt.

  4. Babette
    September 26, 2014 / 11:03 am

    Well, thank you! I had no idea how to do the Jenna Roll exactly and now I do. Merci!

  5. September 26, 2014 / 11:47 am

    Hi Pseu! Just back from a marathon 10 day driving trip San Diego to Santa Barbara & LA. We were there the hottest week of the year and I had all the right clothes. Why? One big reason is I have been color coordinating my purchases. Another, I buy & pack in a carry on bag. Most of the clothes required no ironing. All were comfortable and classic. I really felt great. I think much of that has to do with your blog advice on all of the above. I read a few other beauty/fashion blogs but most of them don’t resonate with me. Kudos to you on hitting all the right notes so often. I believe you make a difference for a great many of us “women of a certain age.”

  6. September 26, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    Ohhhhhh… GREAT LOOK! That shirt is on my list as well,

  7. September 26, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Love the Jenna roll, have been doing it a long time, but occasionally do the no-no one as well, depending on the shirt and the look I am going for. I only seem to feel comfortable with my sleeves rolled up in some manner.

  8. nell
    September 26, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    You look FANTASTIC in that shirt. I like you in things that have just a soupcon (sorry I don’t know how to do the thing below the “c”) of tailoring. And the stripes give both definition and a certain jauntiness– great!

    The video reminds me of a lot of what I find wanting in the modern “manner”, to be quite honest. Those women may be perfectly lovely people in “real life”, but golly, when did that impressed-with-oneself style start to pass for sophistication? Although, looking back, other fashion people like Diana Vreeland could certainly come across as insufferable, in a “let them eat cake” kind of way…

  9. September 27, 2014 / 12:19 am

    I meant to say, and forgot, that I love the length of that shirt on you, and the proportions of your outfit. That shirt, although beautiful, would not work in that way for me, although the look alone is inspiration enough.

  10. Lady of Style
    September 27, 2014 / 3:40 am

    Oh yes, I love that shirt and the Jenna roll 🙂
    I’ll be in London in November and will definitely visit the big J.Crew store there although I heard there is the first one in Munich now.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  11. September 27, 2014 / 5:56 am

    She has made such a difference in J Crew! I am still practicing the effortless rolled sleeve and the 1/2 tuck shirt which I just can seem to pull off.

    BTW, I host a weekly TBT Fashion link up and hope you will join me (it’s up on the blog now).


    • une femme
      September 27, 2014 / 7:13 am

      Hi Alice, thanks for the reminder! I’ve linked up.

  12. Marsha Calhoun
    September 28, 2014 / 10:07 am

    My smile when I read the first sentence of this entry reminded me of the reason I so enjoy your blog – your writing is a delight. And, I really like that shirt – the long-over-lean potential is very, very tempting.

  13. September 28, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Loved that video. Suddenly I’m very busy rolling up sleeves. Now I’ve got to create that half tucked untucked look. just can’t do it yet. Great looking!

  14. Nicole
    September 28, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Is it prudish to suggest the topic of the open blouse? I truly fail to see the fashion point that is made by it. It seems more exhibitionist? Or is it a flaunt-if-you-have-it (as in trim body) statement? Otherwise, I enjoyed the roll tip. I have neglected my stripes (we were inseparable at first). The vertical ones are a nice switch!

    • CH
      October 1, 2014 / 7:59 am

      I so agree…I was completely distracted by the shirt unbuttoned to the navel.

  15. Christine
    September 29, 2014 / 6:56 am

    Nice look! Personally, I am often tempted by J Crew shirts and blouses but find them just too long in the body (perhaps because their originator is so tall?). On me, it’s too much material to tuck but tends to look sloppy if left untucked.

  16. September 29, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Great outfit! 🙂 Anything stripes is a win win for me.

  17. September 30, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    Fantastic look! I’m such a fan of stripes and I love love love the mules you paired them with. Wonderful.

  18. October 1, 2014 / 10:07 am

    you look soooooooooooooo chic in a pair of jeans that it is unreal
    What a lot of fun, live and learn.I rolled my sleeves like this most times for lazyness, lol
    Tons and tons of love

  19. October 2, 2014 / 10:08 am

    I’ve always thought that vertical stripes are more flattering and this shirt is spot on! My son actually rolls his sleeves the ‘chic’ way and I was trying to teach him the ‘proper’ not so chic way hahaha! Thank God he refused!

  20. October 5, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    CDC Hermes cuff, oh my! I can’t focus on anything else. <3!

  21. October 8, 2014 / 2:28 am

    That’s a nice shirt, just the length I like to wear shirts.
    I do love that you have grown your fringe, bangs?, well what’s the word? longer, it really suits you.

  22. jangrahammcmillen
    October 9, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Oh, yesssss. Can’t wait to see it peeping out from under a sweater in deep winter time!

  23. October 19, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    I love the Jenna role! And, I really love your striped shirt. It’s a great wardrobe piece to have and you look great in it. cherie at

  24. Nicole
    October 21, 2014 / 12:02 am

    Update on the Jenna roll: I was excited to do it with the blouse that I picked out for today. I soon realized how much better it lends itself to small activities, i.e. sitting at a desk, out shopping, etc., and not great for an afternoon with my grandson! I soon switched to the “industrial roll” for the remainder of the day. Still, I was very pleased that I even remembered to try it. 🙂

  25. tamerabeardsley
    November 16, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Love your look … always love Jenna’s tips … thanks for sharing both!

  26. Joanne
    May 9, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Love the video clip. The Jenna roll works great for shirts but I find with a denim jacket a cuff flip or the old roll works better because of the thickness. You have great style!

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