Well, aside from one micro check, I do not wear any plaids, checks, or graphs, with a tie.
That being said, maybe it is just a mental thing for me. I just find smaller scale stripes easier to work with in my brain. Maybe I should go ahead and give it a try with some bolder larger scale stripes. Let's see what the future holds.
In theory, I like bold stripe shirts a lot. In practice, however, I do not have very many of them. I think it's because I am not fully confident in my ability to wear them well, so I am not yet ready to make the investment.
Due to the ability to easily angle the hem without cuffs, yes that is true. You can no break in front and cover the sock by the ankle, much harder to do that with cuffs, if its even possible at all.All the same, I think you can get damn close enough that its worth going for the cuff, since I think it looks better pretty much always.