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French cuffs, cuff links and sports jacket

post #1 of 25
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I think french cuff shirts should be reserved for suits.  But, I got a great new shirt (with french cuffs), wanted to wear it to-day, and chose a fitted tweed jacket with wool trousers.   Did I carry out a fashion faux pas?
post #2 of 25
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Nah. When choosing a shirt to wear with a sport coat just about everything else (fabric/color/pattern/collar style) does more to determan the level of formality or casualness of the shirt.
agreed
post #3 of 25
I wear French cuffs (FC) even without a jacket (am doing this right now) and I think quite a few people disagree with the no-French-cuffs-without-suit "rule". Just know that they are dressier. You may create a constrast (e.g. FC with jeans) instead of having all your clothes at the same level of formality (FC with suit). Mathieu
post #4 of 25
I guess I'm on the other side here. I think cufflinks are for suits only, I can't imagine them looking good with a sport coat.
post #5 of 25
Only with a suit. Only exception is a DB blue blazer, the only coat formal enough to wear links without a suit
post #6 of 25
Some people can look casual and comfortable while wearing cufflinks.  If you are one of them, then by all means go for it.  Soft cuffs, not-so-dressy pattern on shirt, discreet old cufflinks that aren't obviously expensive, and you're in business.   Personally, I think that Americans get way too uptight about french cuffs. I sometimes wear them with sweaters.
post #7 of 25
In Singapore nobody wears a suit (too hot and humid). If I needed to wear a suit to wear cuff links I'd never wear cuff links.
post #8 of 25
I certainly think it's fine considering I did it myself just two weeks ago. I would only do it, however, with a patterned/coloured shirt. I think white french cuffed shirts are too formal to be worn with a sport coat. As someone else said, as long as it's a soft cuff, it's all good. Outside of that, I don't see any problems.
post #9 of 25
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I guess I'm on the other side here. I think cufflinks are for suits only, I can't imagine them looking good with a sport coat.
I agree. & I voted tacky.
post #10 of 25
I do it all the time; and sometimes without the sport coat. I stay away from links that are "dressy," though, and not usually with a plain white shirt, either.
post #11 of 25
I do it all the time to. I rarely ever wear a white shirt though. When I do wear a FC shirt and i'm not wearing a suit, I try to use silk knots as I only own one pair of cuff links. I think the silk knots tone it down to a less formal look.
post #12 of 25
The cufflinks you should wear with a sports jacket are unassuming silk knots.
post #13 of 25
I think they're best worn with a suit, but with the right sportscoat it can create a nice contrast.
post #14 of 25
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Only with a suit. Only exception is a DB blue blazer, the only coat formal enough to wear links without a suit
I concur.
post #15 of 25
I wear french cuffs with sportcoats, I even wear them with jeans without a jacket. I know it is against the "rules" but honestly I don't care. I think it looks good, it fits in at my job and I like to wear some of my cufflinks every now and then. That being said if I worked elsewhere I probably wouldn't wear 1/2 of the things I wear on a daily basis. This being one of those things.
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