Originally Posted by mafoofan
Yes. The way to navigate a situation where you are only wearing two patterns is to mitigate against them looking paired. We all know to avoid making them the same color, and most of us know to avoid the same pattern type, but what matters just as much is the density of the pattern. If you can successfully differentiate the two patterns along all three of those measures, it will look fine. It's just much harder to do because there are more variables that must be more carefully controlled for.
That sounds like an Englishman's fantasy of what Italians do. Italians generally don't wear linked cuffs at all. When they do, it seems they wear double cuffs, like the rest of us. Maybe this was different before, but can't remember seeing any single cuffs on my last few trips to Italy. If there is an Italian around (Radicaldog?), I bet he could clear this up.
I know I have upset you but earlier in this thread I already explained that nowadays both RTW and bespoke, if you ask to see Polsini da gemelli, they may show you the single cuff, and if bespoke, most will ask you if you would like the hidden button on a link to make it transformable. An Italian blog on shirt and ties even say that people prefer them because thay are more comfortable and easy and it helps give a reined look when wearing more casual. As I said it is a recent trend that people started revising cuff links and other accessories, probably started around 2003. If you interact with the traditional professionals in Italy, like lawyers , notary public, doctors, you will see plenty of them wearing single cuff with links.
Also there must be a big difference between European and US shirtmakers, as all the RTW FCC shirts I have seen here all have no gauntlet buttons, i have seen most recently Charvet, Hawes & Curtis, TM Lewin and others. On bespoke, without me specifying, on my FC and convertible single cuff never got the button but for my Donn'Anna, and for the two 3 only shirt with barrel/non convertible cuffs, I got the button, never asked for the diference, but noticed that in both case works best as made..