Originally Posted by embowafa
for that matter, WTF is the point of sleeve buttons at all??? what's the point of neckties?? broguing?? jacket lapels?? They're all purely ornamental, right?
BTW: I agree with maomao
Originally Posted by Pseudosyco
Broguing was originally employed to allow bog-water to sluice out of the shoe and in to the sod
Lapels were latched at the throat to keep out chill winds
Ties were to make Croatians pretty
buttoned sleeve cuffs allowed the sleeve to be unbuttoned and pulled up for washing hands etc, or as someone else said, surgeons' cuffs. whether the buttons work or not, there does need to be a vented cuff from purely a construction point of view - the sleeve seam is thicker where joined, and if an ordinary cuff hem were made by folding the cuff back, there would be a crossing of four layers of the fabric at one point leaving an comfortable and unsightly bump, which makes the shirt cuff sit badly, and rides the lining down.
Anyway, find a cheap jacket where there is no vented cuff on the sleeve and you will see what i mean.