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But without cocktail cuffs, casualties will be high, particularly amongst the iGents.

I cry a little in my mouth every time you post.
post #17 of 43
Give us James Bond cuffs, or give us...
post #18 of 43
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Thanks modernist and dsmolken! I wasn't expecting to get something other than snide Bond jokes, but I'm glad to catch someone who can navigate Japanese sites. Any idea if all the detailing (hidden second fabric, contrast stitching all over) is a Japanese, a Hong Kong or a generally Asian flavor? (It's not generally to mine.) I know it sounds like a bizarre idea and I see that Carl has weighed in. It's just that I end up looking more formal than usual when I put on anything other than a t-shirt, and that has just been how my personality melds to my clothing. I was thinking about buttondown shirts, but then I will be using long (3 inches) points that to my eye make the shirt look a bit formal. I was also thinking about three button cuffs, and thought the turnback cuffs might make a nice twist to such a shirt along with the three button idea. I was thinking it would work with a finer fabric in a weave like an oxford. Maybe I'll try it; fun to think about twists to clothing every now and then.
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post
You might consider a covered placket down the front. The covered placket has a similar effect as the turn back cuff, hiding the buttons. I think it would be a simple elegant look to wear out on the town or to a party.
Sorry, I didn't get that.
post #19 of 43
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By the way... are sleeves with turnback cuffs more difficult to fold up than French cuffs? Simply turning them up at the wrist is not going to be possible, but what about rolling up the sleeves?
post #20 of 43
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Found a photo in the shirt porn thread. Is anyone able to articulate why exactly this shouldn't work (if one takes out the contrast fabric), other than the general comment that BD collars are very casual and turnback cuffs are still a tad dressy? http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...=36514&page=45
post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by josepidal View Post
Thanks modernist and dsmolken!

...It's just that I end up looking more formal than usual when I put on anything other than a t-shirt, and that has just been how my personality melds to my clothing. I was thinking about buttondown shirts, but then I will be using long (3 inches) points that to my eye make the shirt look a bit formal...
One of the reasons I like to wear BD collars with french cuffs. It's a nice mix of casual and dress. Especially when the collar is longer and with a fuller roll.

But I believe that even 3 inches may be too short. My custom BDs have 3 1/2" to 4" long points. Remember, that unlike non-button down collars, a BD should roll. When worn, the size of the collar will appear shorter than it's actual length.

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Originally Posted by josepidal View Post
I was also thinking about three button cuffs, and thought the turnback cuffs might make a nice twist to such a shirt along with the three button idea. I was thinking it would work with a finer fabric in a weave like an oxford. Maybe I'll try it; fun to think about twists to clothing every now and then.
More power to you, for daring to try something new. And the cuffs of the shirt you posted last don't look that bad...
post #22 of 43
I've got a shirt that's buttondown with french cuffs, but I think buttondown and cocktail cuffs might be taking it a bit far even for me.
post #23 of 43
a BD with turn back cuffs is quite faddish. every shirt shown on this thread, will look tired after another season. the japanese shirt looks out of style IMO.
unless it is a $45 shirt from jantzen, i would not talk a customer into such a shirt.
Carl
post #24 of 43
I think it would be mixing sartorial metaphors (more casual collar, more formal cuffs) and probably not look right.
post #25 of 43
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I'd never get those weird cuffs.

When I first read the thread i actually thought he meant buttondown collar with french cuffs.
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I'd never get those weird cuffs.
That's because they wouldn't suit you. Seriously, it's nice to see my some of my old thread pictures resurrected again; I get a kick out of that as much as I get a kick out of wearing these fun shirts. For the record, I have conservative shirts as well. josepidal, try out a couple of shirts like this at social events with better jeans and footgear and you cannot go wrong. I would not wear them for business; unless I own the firm. The topic of cocktail cuffs always seems to bring out the prim brigade. The tweedy high school vice principal look or tradly looks sported by the keystone posters here wouldn't suit me either; no matter how well fitted. No less authorities than my St. Martins / Ryerson fashion trained daughter and some of the posters in the Patek and Rolex watch fora think this look rocks. Insecure response now OFF.
post #27 of 43
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Mustapha and Carl in particular,

Thanks for the posts. I have specific reasons for thinking about turnback cuffs. Namely, I think I have a tad of reserve to my personality that always adds a hint of formality to whatever I put on other than a t-shirt or swimming trunks. Thus, I was thinking of them for shirts with less formal collars or patterns. For the same reason, funny enough, I don't think the visible contrast fabric would work for me. Like Modernist says, I'd need to make what is really a casual shirt look a bit dressier.

I see the point that the cuffs paired with a casual collar may look faddish, but I think I'm the kind of guy for whom French cuffs and jeans work. May just give it a try and give some feedback, whether it works or not. At the end of the day, part of enjoying clothing is trying something new occasionally.
post #28 of 43
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Originally Posted by josepidal View Post
Like Modernist says, I'd need to make what is really a casual shirt look a bit dressier.

I totally get this. I had the same issue when getting my OCBDs made up. But I'm just not sure turnbacks do the trick; to me, they clash with the collar concept (the collar buttons down, but the cuffs appear not to button at all).

To make my OCBDs less casual, I switched to a French placket (or 'no placket', if you prefer) and mitered cuffs. I'm very happy with the results.
post #29 of 43
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Amazing, mafoofan, as that is what I had originally planned to have made before turnback cuffs entered my mind! I think what I'll do is have a normal dress shirt in a plain solid fabric made with turnback cuffs just so I see how these look on me, and take it from there. At worst, I'll have one slightly different shirt that I'll be happy to bring out of my wardrobe when I a touch of whimsy strikes.
post #30 of 43
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Originally Posted by josepidal View Post
Amazing, mafoofan, as that is what I had originally planned to have made before turnback cuffs entered my mind! I think what I'll do is have a normal dress shirt in a plain solid fabric made with turnback cuffs just so I see how these look on me, and take it from there. At worst, I'll have one slightly different shirt that I'll be happy to bring out of my wardrobe when I a touch of whimsy strikes.

Did you see this?

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=72046
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