I have a cuff on my cigar brown linen trousers from this past summer. Works wonders.Cords depend entirely on the thickness of the fabric. I don't own any EP cords, but on the ones I do have I leave the thicker/heavier fabrics uncuffed (too chunky) and the lighter/thinner ones I cuff. FWIW, I generally default to having a cuff rather than not.
Congrats to the growing Epaulet nuclear family!
You know, we all have a duty to buy more Epaulet goodies now. Just tell your wives/girlfriends/partners/accountants/therapists that there are mouths to feed.
I have both color 8 shell and this belt and you are indeed correct, the belt is lighter and more matte. I would wear dark brown with color 8 before I would wear the burgundy. I have not tried to polish or alter the belt, though, and shades of color 8 can vary a bit.If you don't have any Epaulet belts, I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are an absolute steal at the price they offer.
Total success, in that
A) I had no idea that Philly made both of these amazing things
B) There is booze.
I love the fact that so many of us defaulted to booze as a gift, I know I did.
My own personal Festivus miracle:
I've stalked the nightshade flannels since they dropped and never pulled the trigger. Now, finally with holiday shopping done, I had some cash left over and... bam. Still available in my size.
Excited for these beauties
There are no real hard and fast rules, especially in biz-casual 2013. Generally the button down collar is the most casual. Many people on StyleForum will tell you never to wear one with a suit. From there, the wider the spread of the shirt the more formal it typically is. Point collars are more classic (and many will tell you outdated). Cutaways are pretty cool but very "on trend" for the times. Spread or semi-spread collars are more formal without being as...