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.