Imagine this; you are shopping online for a new tailor made dress shirt, and something catches your eye, just before you click to buy the custom made dress shirt… so what got your attention? Is it the colour or pattern, the brand or the price? Whatever the reason may be, you probably weren’t looking at the cuffs. Although you may not always pay attention to cuffs, but it’s an important detail of the dress shirt.
Various cuff styles to choose from
So let’s start with the basics. There are three main types of cuffs, Barrel, French and Turnback (or the Napoleon). Barrel cuffs are the most common, normally with one or two buttons; some online tailors will also have a three button option available as well. These cuffs are found on many store bought shirts and it is a great option for the office or worn casually. French cuffs are more formal, elegant, and require cufflinks. French cuffs are best worn with a formal suit, where your cuffs fall slightly below the blazer sleeves. Lastly, the Turnback cuff is a combination of the French and Barrel design. This is perfect for cocktail occasions, and its a great option to show off your personality!
So how should cuffs really fit?
The size of your cuffs should be chosen based on your body proportions, therefore there isn’t a set standard. Keep in mind, different cuff styles will determine the height of your cuffs. Cuffs should be snug, approximately 1 – 1.5 inches wider than your actual wrist; you’ll have room for movement, but it won’t be too big. On a side note, pay attention to the length of your sleeves and the collar style too.
Why is it an important detail?
Well, cuffs can spruce up your suit or blazer when coupled with a set of cufflinks. Also, it double duties to help balance out your arms, by creating horizontal lines above your wrist creating the illusion of shorter arms. This needs to be done right, so if you have long arms, select cuffs with longer barrels like a two or three button cuffs. If you have short arms, elongate the arms visually by selecting narrow cuffs. If you have big biceps, balance out the arms with French cuffs. Read the rest of this entry »