French Cuff Shirts
What are French Cuff Shirts?
The French Cuff is also referred to as a double cuff and is
one of the two primary versions of a Link Cuff.
French cuffs or double cuffs, are a type of shirt cuff that
is twice as long as a barrel cuff and worn folded back on themselves. French
cuffs were once considered to be more formal than button cuffs (barrel cuffs).
They are seeing a resurgence in the business environment, particularly in
Europe. Even though traditionally French cuffs could only be worn with more
formal clothing, this is now not followed by all people. Some people wear
this type of shirt cuff without a tie or sports jacket. The French Cuff dress
shirt remains the preferred choice for semi-formal & black tie events.
French cuff shirt is a type of dress shirt.
A dress shirt, button shirt, button-front, button-front shirt, or button-up
shirt is a garment with a collar and a full-length opening at the front, which
is fastened using buttons or shirt studs. A button-down or button-down shirt is
dress shirt which has a button-down collar a collar having the ends fastened to
the shirt with buttons.
What is a shirt cuff?
A cuff is an extra layer of fabric at the lower edge of
shirt sleeve that covers the arm, at the wrist.
The original concept or the function of turned-back cuffs
is to protect the cloth of the garment from fraying. Also if they fabric
did fray the extra fabric would allow the cuffs to be readily repaired or
replaced, without replacing the entire garment. In modern times, consumers
generally purchase new shirts rather than repair the cuffs of old & worn shirts.
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. A cuff may display an ornamental border or have lace or some
Except on casual attire, shirt cuffs are generally divided
down one edge and then fastened together, so they can let a hand through and
then fit more snugly around the wrist.
The divided shirt cuff are primarily designed in three
distinct variations. The primary difference between the options is the way
the cuff is fastened.
Barrel Cuffs or Button cuffs have buttonholes on the
one side and buttons on the other. Some shirts use one button and others
use multiple to allow the fit to be adjusted.
have buttonholes on both sides and are
meant to be closed with cufflinks or silk knots. They are most commonly
fastened in either the "kissing" style, where the insides of both sides are
pressed together. Link cuffs come in two kinds:
Single cuffs: the original linked cuff, are required
for white tie and are the more traditional choice for black tie. Also, some
traditionalists may wear this style with lounge suits as well.
French Cuffs or double cuffs: as explained above on
this page, they are twice as long and worn folded back on themselves. French
cuffs were once considered to be more formal than button cuffs, although they
are seeing a resurgence in the business environment, particularly in Europe.
Even though traditionally French cuffs could only be worn with more formal
clothing (and not a sports jacket), this is now not followed by most, while some
even wear these cuffs without a tie or jacket. They remain the preferred choice
for semi-formal, black tie events.
Convertible cuffs may be closed with buttons or with
Anatomy of the single or double cuff: The fabric is folded
back onto itself, thus the inside of the shirt sleeve becomes the outside of the
cuff and the outside of the shirt sleeve, becomes the inside of the cuff.
French cuffs shirts are a type of
dress shirt. Many fine retailers sell this type of shirt for both
men and women. If you are looking for men’s French cuff shirts or women’s
French cuff shirts, you can shop stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus,
Macy’s, etc. They may not always have this style in stock, but they will
most likely be selling them if they are in style this season.
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