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French cuffs, no tie?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Question. For new years, I am planning on wearing some black slacks, with a french cuff shirt, with no tie. Unbuttoned at the top, still tucked in and all, just no jacket or tie. Can this work? Any thoughts?
post #2 of 25
Definitely think it could work. What color shirt are you planning to wear? [b]
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
thinking of something definitely bright. maybe a solid red or yellow? perhaps stripes?
post #4 of 25
I do it all the time, whether with jeans, cords, or slacks. The only thing that might make a difference is whether you choose to wear cufflinks or not and what kind you wear. I either wear mine undone or use some assorted "fun" links I have.
post #5 of 25
Simple answer - YES. I do it all the time too. Looks really good and have only ever had + feedback.
post #6 of 25
i think it depends on the type of cuff links. As long as your cuff links are not too formal, the look definitely works.
post #7 of 25
alaaro; french cuffs are very elegant. if this is the look and feel you want to achieve then your outfit sounds fine to me. i know french cuffs are in style right now (they're even selling them at banana republic) but i really don't like the french cuff/casual pants look. to me it's a really big clash of styles - like wearing a suit with sneakers. french cuffs are completely impractical; the extra fold of fabric, the links required to fasten them, and that's the whole appeal really - that's what makes them dressy. if you like elegance enough to wear these cuffs, why not wear elegant pants as well? a question: how do you wear french cuffs without cufflinks? the fabric on mine (i have exactly one) hangs down way past my fingertips if not secured with links.
post #8 of 25
it works, but i think i echo matadorpoeta's comments, too, in that i'd think solid white or white pinstripes on white with casual pants can seem a clash of styles. with other colors, i'd see less a clash...same with the 'formality' of the cufflinks... yes, how do you wear french cuffs without cufflinks? (don't say roll up the sleeves and leaving the cuffs open, unless the arm length is less than typically the length one would wear, leaves the cuffs, as matadorpoeta points out, hanging down way past one's fingertips)
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
I agree, no casual pants with french cuff shirt. Ill be wearing black slacks and dress shoes. As for the shirt, I am looking for something brighter, maybe some stripes, with some fun cufflinks, definitely bright. No white shirt and plain links, for sure.
post #10 of 25
"i think it depends on the type of cuff links. As long as your cuff links are not too formal, the look definitely works." I would like to add the all depends on the combination of the shirt and pants... then the links (or at least that's how I envision it). Dark wash jeans--white shirt/FC, silk knots Pinstripe Pants--white shirt/FC...textured is always nice, silver or stainless steel links with something bright (I favor a pair with a mix of white and orange amber) Solid Dark Pants (charcoal or black)--stripes are good. Actually, I found that Winchester shirts come out really nice with this combo (contrasting cuffs). norcal
post #11 of 25
I reserve my French cuffed shirts for when I'm wearing a jacket. I don't like the look without a jacket: the cuffs become become a bit bulky, giving off a wrist-band look. Great if you're a tennis player or Olivia Newton-John, but not so great otherwise. Plus, if you're going to roll them up, why wear French cuffs to begin with?
post #12 of 25
i just realized how you wear french cuffs without cufflinks. i've seen this before. you wear a sportcoat or jacket and fold the cuff of the shirt over the sleeve of the jacket. i forgot about that one.
post #13 of 25
When I'm wearing french cuffs casually (without a jacket, as college students rarely have opportunities to wear them), I just leave the cuffs undone. They are folded over (the unfolded and over the entire hand look just seems idiotic) so you can tell they're french cuffs, they just aren't fastened together with cuff-links/knots. The only thing though is you need a shirt that fits you closely to your arms and wrist, so the cuffs don't flap about and come unfolded. It also helps if the cuffs are stiff and if you have a gauntlet button on the sleeves to prevent things from being too loose.
post #14 of 25
To wear the turn-ups without links all you have to do is iron the cuff along the fold so that it is more permanent. Though you can also do it with links. They made links in the 30's/40's that were beveled on both sides that snapped together so that if you unsnapped them the bevels will keep both sides of the cuffs together, but the center allowed to spread open. Speaking about vintage links one of my favorites are the nudie pin-up links from the 50's. They'll turn the most formal shirt into a party of fabric. Unless you have many fun links already you should check out local shops that sell vintage links to see what you can turn up for the night. You could also stop by a Neiman's or Saks for there are many jewelers doing fun links now. Just a month or so ago at Saks I saw theses sterling links that were twist off caps that said hang over on the top. I suppose they were to hold aspirins for the morning after .
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
FYI, I ended up getting a white dress shirt with thin black stripes. I got some champagne bottle cufflinks. Black slacks, shoes. It looked damn good if I may say so. I like the look of frenchcuffs with no tie or jacket. Gives you a little something more without getting too formal. Thanks for everyones opinion.
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