Cuff Love

Men's Health (UK) - - Guide to Style -

01. Just The Sin­gle Typ­i­cally a but­ton­ing style, the sin­gle ( AKA bar­rel) cuff is the stan­dard, es­pe­cially on ca­sual shirt styles. How­ever, both per­son­al­ity and for­mal­ity are af­forded by de­tails, such as the num­ber of but­tons, spe­cific cuts (such as a mitered cuff with a cut­back corner) or maybe even a mono­gram. Given its flat, stitched edge, the sin­gle cuff of­fers the neat­est, if plainest, fin­ish. To pre­serve this, al­ways iron on the un­der­side of the cuff and don’t overdo the edges.

B. Make Mine A Dou­ble The dou­ble ( AKA French) cuff folds back on it­self and so re­quires the wear­ing of cuff­links or silk knots. Cru­cially, this makes for a more dec­o­ra­tive fin­ish, though not more for­mal – un­less it’s black tie. It’s about con­text and whether or not you’re into dec­o­ra­tion. “I can’t be both­ered with all the fuss un­less it’s a special oc­ca­sion,” says Dean Gomilsek- Cole, head of de­sign at Turn­bull & Asser. Rolling your sleeves is a non­starter; never go French with­out a jacket and tie.

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