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Concern over the future of French cuff shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stuarts8, May 3, 2012.

  1. connor09

    connor09 Well-Known Member

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    That is probably one of the oddest things I've ever heard.
     
  2. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Well-Known Member

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    I can confirm I have eschewed FC shirts more of late because of the problems they pose w typing on a keyboard. Its not that they make typing impossible, just more difficult.
     
  3. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    This.

    I do this (switching links to the smaller silk knots) if I later decide to wear a sweater on top and don't want to switch shirts. It's invisible under the sweater cuffs and lets it fit neatly over the top of the shirt cuffs without stretching. Would never do it if it was visible.
     
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  4. ethanm

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    Fixed that for you, compadre.
     
  5. JayJay

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    How are you doing it, typing that is? I'm typing this post with my FC shirt and links, and no problems. I've never had problems typing with FC shirts although I have heard of complaints from others. Someone's doing it wrong? :embar:
     
  6. chimchiminey

    chimchiminey Active Member

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    I've never had an issue typing with FC shirts.
     
  7. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'm not wearing French cuffs today, but I did try typing with the barrel cuffs I am wearing. I can imagine that it would be even harder to type with French cuffs, given all that extra fabric and the links to boot, but I found typing with just the barrel cuffs next to impossible. I immediately went back to typing with my fingers.

    Does anyone have an opinion regarding typing with trouser cuffs versus plain hems?
     
  8. Gdot

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    :crackup:

    Use your shirt collar points. This causes your head to make a bobbing motion much like that of a chicken. It is very amusing for those around you.
     
  9. ethanm

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  10. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Well-Known Member

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    Well , New York Buck, why not try the solution I suggested in my earlier post, that way you can still wear the French cuff shirts without the cufflinks getting in the way?
    For me it works well. No need to ditch the FC Shirts.

    Stuarts8
     
  11. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

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    If someone claims that his French cuffs make it awkward to use a computer keyboard, well, I guess I'll take his word for it.

    But I've been a touch typist - starting with a manual (that's non-electric) Royal typewriter, than a Smith-Corona electric, then a couple of IBM Selectrics, and finally an assortment of computer keyboards - for nearly 40 years now. (I acquired the skill at an early age, in part due to my father having owned and operated a secretarial school.) And I've been wearing French cuffs - at least occasionally - for a good, long time, as well. And I can't really see how, absent some very strange circumstances, the cuffs would be an issue. At least, not unless the sleeves were way too long, or the cuffs ridiculously over-sized.

    I mean, do these French cuffs come down to the palm of the person's hand? If so, it's like claiming that shoes make it awkward to drive a car - because the person claiming the problem chooses to wear comically over-large clown shoes.

    Again, I'm not doubting that it's a problem for people who claim it's a problem. I'm just having a hard time picturing it in my mind's eye, is all. It's sort of how if someone insisted that her wedding ring made it awkward to use a keyboard, I might believe her, but I couldn't visualize it unless she typed with her hands practically flat against the keys (which would be appallingly bad form), or wore a wedding ring the size of a small doughnut (which would just be appalling, period).
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    (And in case anyone is wondering, the IBM Selectric II is the mostly nearly perfect electric typewriter of all time. It took a fundamental paradigm shift - to the computer and word processing software - to supplant it. What the Nikon F2 was to cameras, the Selectric II was to typewriters.)
     
  12. Gdot

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    I well remember the Selectric. Under the command of a skilled typist they were fast as lightining. The interchangable typeface balls were a revolution to those of us with a strong need for a graphic use of type.. We used to do business proposals in a format that required the Secretary to use three different typefaces (drove the poor lady crazy).

    These were the days in which 'corrections' were manual. It's actually hard to comprehend how we accomplished anything at all.

    Back to french cuff shirts. Whatever - I wear them nearly every day - no issues with my computer keyboard that I'm aware of.
     
  13. Ivon

    Ivon Well-Known Member

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    French Cuffs are never going to disappear, they just aren't as trendy as they used to be, I haven't worn them since the "Greed is good" days, no braces or yellow paisley power tie either. I stopped buying them because the were a pita and I kept misplacing cuff links to the point of buying a dozen pair of the same colored silk knot cheapies to keep me going.

    Nothing makes a statement these days like a cheap, overly tight Banana Republic suit and an old school big collared bankers shirt. Rofl still at the junior that committed that crime at a meeting last month.
     
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    Selectric! Boogywoogywoogywoogy!
     
  15. stuarts8

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    Well my experience has been with some of my shirts that when I am typing the cufflinks bang against the keys. Perhaps one or 2 of the shirts the cuffs are a bit long. But as I have said previously I got around this by undoing the links and folding the cuffs back which eliminated teh problem.


    I was surprised however that this was the reason given at a store for people not buying French cuff shirts for that reason.

    Stuarts8
     
  16. acridsheep

    acridsheep Well-Known Member

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    I too am concerned about this. Mortgages, children, caring for aging parents, and French cuffs.
     
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    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

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    If I remember correctly from 10th grade algebra, "aging parents" is the semantic inverse of "children," so the two terms ought to cancel each other out. Thus, one is left with just mortgages and French cuffs.

    BTW, back in 2003, did anyone try renaming French cuffs, "Liberty cuffs?"
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    ("I like cuff links that have two co-equal sides, connected by a chain. Not for me are today's lesser cuff links, with but one real side connected by a central post to some pathetic swiveling thing. They're tawdry excuses for the glory that are real cuff links, I tell you what." - commonly attributed to Hank Rutherford Hill, Turn of the Century Sartorial Philosopher and Recipient of the Blue Flame of Valor Award from the Texas Propane Dealers' Association.)
     
  18. eMacPaul

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    I tend to rest my wrists on the desk while typing, so sometimes when wearing French cuffs I have to rotate them to the side. But this has never posed an unsurmountable problem.
     
  19. Grenadier

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    Might I suggest a dictaphone?
     
  20. Gdot

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    :rotflmao:
     

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