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Double cuffs aren't formal, especially not when it's a light blue shirt with some silk knots. Works perfectly fine here. I've seen people wear double cuffs with just about anything over here, even with just a jumper. Agreed on your other points though.
Quoted from blackhood, from another thread:
"Out of 100~ shirts I have maybe 6 that are barrel cuffsIn the UK French cuffs are meaningless, no one even notices them, but in the US I get the impression that you'd be arrested for wearing them unless you have several private jets and a yacht.
Americans use them a class divider whereas the rest of the world uses them to keep the ends of their sleeves shut."
You have to take into account the context. In the US double cuffs are extremely formal, in Europe not so much. Just to take it to the extreme, you really think British estate owners wear barrel cuffs with their tweed suits or odd jackets? This is anecdotal evidence, but I went shooting the other day, and I spotted several double cuffs under the shooting jackets.
Yeah, I don't like it with sweaters or without a jacket either, but I don't think it looks out of place with an odd jacket with silk knots. It's certainly not the grave offence some make it out to be. If anything it's just personal preference.
Meh, it's just another way to fasten your cuffs, not that big of an offense when it comes to breaking the 'rules'. If someone likes wearing them, which Don has shown by his many pictures, I don't think we should make a comment about it every single time. We have posters on here with much more personal idiosyncrasies that we accept as individual style.
Sorry, didn't mean you in personal Derek! Just a general remark on the attitude about double cuffs I've seen on here at times. I'm actually wearing double cuffs today with an odd jacket, might just post some pictures, to keep it on topic!