The shirt stands out completely from other types of shirts and has been used for festivals, parties, and offices… thanks to its two most outstanding details – shirt collar and shirt cuff.
They make the shirt show class, exalting the power of the wearer. If the collar is considered the face, the cuff is the soul of the shirt. And of course, choosing the right shirt cuff style for each situation is not always as easy as you think. So join us to learn more about the types of shirt cuffs.
1 What is a shirt Cuff?
First, to choose, we need to understand a little bit about shirt cuffs. A cuff is a layer of fabric at the lower edge of the sleeve of a garment (shirt, coat, jacket, etc.) at the wrist, or the ankle end of a trouser leg.
A shirt’s cuff is the part of its anatomy that encloses the wrist as an additional piece of fabric that’s sewn onto the sleeve of a shirt. Cuffs are made by turning back (folding) the material or a separate band of material can be sewn on, or worn separately, attached either by buttons or studs.
2 Which cuff type you should choose?
Few people pay close attention to details like shirt cuffs, but in reality, there are at least 6 different types of shirt cuffs. Of course, the statistics below are not exhaustive, because the fashion world in the world is growing and has many new types of models. Here are some of the different shirt cuff styles:
1. Standard Cuff
A standard shirt button is a barrel button (a rectangular piece of fabric with right angles buttoned). The standard cuff usually has one or two buttons, which makes it easy to control the width of the cuff.
The two buttons are so that if you have a watch, you will use a slightly wider button, the watch will not be cramped on your wrist. The standard cuff is a very popular style and can go with many outfits.
The advantage of this sleeve style is that it is quick and convenient. Particularly, the 1-button style is considered the most basic and common design, which can be found in any shirt, from school and office wear to parties and events…
2. Mitered Cuff
The mitered cuff or angled cuff style is a barrel cuff that has the corners “mitered” and cuts across the corner at a 45-degree angle. This is an interesting detail. In our opinion, it creates a sharper, formal look better suited for special occasions than the standard cuff.
On shirts, the term “mitered” refers to the cut of the button closure of the corners on either side of the cuff of the shirt. Like the glove seal, the grooves are cut at a 45-degree angle, usually about an inch or two from the corner of the cuff.
It is the same today that many shirt manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon by simply referring to shirt styles as angled cuffs.
As mentioned earlier, glove cuffs are considered the best form of barrel wrap because the glove finishing process provides structure and clean lines.
3. Double Button Cuff
A double button cuff means a design with two buttons, these two buttons are not horizontal but two vertical buttons. This detail is mostly to show that the shirt is a custom-made shirt, like tailoring.
This is also a detail that shows the politeness of the shirt a little more. If you often wear suits or need a slightly more serious business look, so the double button cuff will be more suitable.
4. Rounded Cuff
Rounded cuffs are quite popular when paired with casual clothes (perfectly suitable for wearing a rounded cuff shirt with a suit). With this look, the top corners are rounded with a button that adds a level of formality and professionalism.
The effect is, well, almost no effect. But that’s by design. Square or angled cuffs give a sense of structure with their strong straight lines. Angled cuffs take it up a notch, with more complex geometry and a more refined silhouette. Square cuffs are more masculine and less refined.
In contrast, round wrists are largely harmless. It’s easy on the eyes, but it won’t reduce any clean lines your shirt may already have. It’s finished and intentional, but it won’t get your baggy or wrinkled denim shirt off. Do laundry in hot or unnatural places.
5. Convertible Cuff
This is a “two-in-one” cuff that combines the elegance of a cufflink with the simplicity of a button-down cuff. Convertible cuffs have square corners and a single layer that does not fold back.
There is a second eyelet on the other side of the cuff which we cannot see with regular buttons, but can be opened and worn with cufflinks (after buttoning it will be hidden). This makes the shirt a lot more versatile. This is especially relevant for those who want to wear cufflinks on formal occasions but still have to tie the knot in all other cases.
6. French Cuff
There are different types of double cuffs, mainly depending on whether the pieces are rounded, angled, or square.
A double button cuff means a design with two buttons, these two buttons are not horizontal but two vertical buttons. This detail is mostly to show that the shirt is a custom-made shirt, like tailoring. This is also a detail that shows the politeness of the shirt a little more.
As with many cases on this front, the first two options don’t hurt, but there’s not much to say on their behalf either. If you like them and want to wear them, that’s fine.
But if you start flaunting them or describing them as your “signature style,” you’re focusing on the wrong things. It’s more in the intricacies of fit or fabric. If you often wear suits or need a slightly more serious business look, so the double button cuff will be more suitable.
3 Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Should The Cuff Fit?
- As far as cuffs are concerned, the cuffs should not be too wide or too tight.
- If you can get one hand through the cuff without unbuttoning it, it’s too big.
- If your wrist is wrinkled when buttoning, it is too small.
- Note that French cuffs tend to fit slightly larger than standard cuffs, and that variation depends on the type of cuffs used.
- Ready-to-wear retailers will often produce slightly collared shirts with two buttons for a slight adjustment. Meanwhile, custom jacket tailors take individual measurements of each wrist for the perfect fit.
2. How Many Cuffs To Show?
- About half an inch of shirt cuffs will show below your jacket cuffs, just as a half-inch of shirt collars will show up above your coat collar.
- In short, when wearing a shirt and sports jacket or blazer, you should show 1/4″-1/2″ shirt cuffs.
- Showing off is more of an edgy look and is great for shorter people as it makes their arms look longer. Showing less is conservative and works best for tall people who don’t seem to have such long arms.
- If you don’t show your wrists, you’ll look unkempt and sloppy. Showing too much can make you feel like your jacket is outdated and you need to buy a new one. If you need to lengthen or shorten your sleeves, a tailor can help.
3. Should the French cuff be worn in a casual environment?
The traditional view on the subject is that French cuffs should only be worn in more formal situations, such as if you’re wearing a black tie or if you’re wearing a business suit and tie. Some people will even think it’s too difficult to wear a French coat with a sweatshirt or sweatshirt.
However, as the standards of everyday wear have become more relaxed over the past half-century and the last 10 to 15 years, we have seen a resurgence in interest in clothing. menswear.
Now, some of these old-fashioned rules can be bent more freely. So, while some traditionalists might be a little baffled, we believe you can certainly wear a French-collared shirt in more casual settings than just a tie. black or white-collar business vest.
4. Do all shirts need cufflinks?
You don’t necessarily need to have your cufflinks match your shirt and suit. You can choose designs and colors that complement the colors in your suits. If you want to create a monochrome look, however, then you would make sure your cufflinks are the same color as your suit jacket and pants.
4 Final word
As you can see, along with the collar, the sleeve of the shirt is also a very important detail to create the style of the wearer. Through a reference round above, you must have figured out a bit about your style, right?
Currently, the market of men’s shirts is very diverse with many options at the wrist, understanding the basic types of shirt cuffs will help you choose for yourself the most suitable shirt.
If you have any further questions, please contact us, we are always ready to answer all your questions. Good luck!
Henry Pham (Pham Quang Anh), CEO of DONY Garment
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