Good Evening; I have been browsing this site for about a year now while re-inventing my wardrobe and learning the dos and don'ts of how to wear suits. I now wear a suit and tie 6 days a week. This site was instrumental to my knowledge of fabrics, fit, accessories, colors, etc. (100% wool suits, 100% cotton shirts, 100% silk ties) I have deviated from the general consensus in a few areas in respect to suit fit, I am one of those 8-10 inch drop guys(40L-42L jacket, 30-32 waist depending on brand), but due to my muscular upper legs from running the 400m dash for 6 years I wear high-waisted pleated plants so I have room to sit. To the point: Many people in the general population wear their suit sleeves entirely too long. To raise awareness of the problem, I have been altering my newest suits to show 2.25 inches of french cuff off in protest. I think I have been able to pull it off, I am certainly not the first person to do this. I have seen historical figures show off a lot of cuff. To maintain some proportion the suit pants have a full break, the shirt collar is worn high and wide, thick and wide windsor knots with large dimple, and I alternate between 2-button suits and double-breasted suits with a moderate degree of waist suppression/pinch. I'll try to take a picture, my question is, have you seen anyone show off a lot of french cuff, exposing the entire cufflink when standing, arms at the side, and is this a major breach of suit etiquette or not? It has not cost me a job or anything. If anything, I have received many compliments on my cufflinks since they are exposed all the time. This is where I got the idea: http://www.gq.com/style/style-guy/sh...jacket-sleeves "One man’s normal is another man’s abomination. That brilliant flash of shirt linen that was once so much a part of masculine sartorial allure is today almost extinct. Sinatra showed three quarters to a full inch, Dino an inch to an inch and a half, and I seem to recall Sammy showing the whole damn French cuff. I think a half inch of shirt cuff revealed, with the arms at one’s sides, is the minimum. From there it’s what you dare—though the cuff should never pop all the way out. Ultimately, the shirt cuff attracts the eye, making one’s arms appear long and limber. This has proved important for dancers, like Astaire, and conductors, like Bernstein. His crisp white cuffs made a baton almost unnecessary."
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6/8/11 at 7:42pm