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Cuff length dummy question


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Jul 23, 2013
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In relation to the hand, knowing a jacket should expose up to 1/2 inch of a shirt sleeve, what part of the hand/wrist intersection should the shirt sleeve stop at? I've seen a lot of bespoke suits posted here and the jacket seems to not leave cuff of the shirt exposed while standing normal, but people don't seem to call foul on it. Should a shirt sleeve extend beyond the coat cuff while arms are relaxed or just when bent? Not sure if my arms grew or the shirt brand was whack, might need to try on a few old beater shirts to figure my size again, but I tried on what I thought was my size and didn't have any shirt cuff showing with the suit on.

Naive question, I know, but I'm a guy who has been dressing casual for a few years, stuff that fit proper a few years ago just isn't working with my new suit, not sure if I need suit sleeves shortened or if the shirt sizing might need to go up. I know pictures would help, but basically, just trying to figure out the shirt cuff rule, does it apply to a bent arm or all stances? And the suit can be based off that, essentially where should the shirt cuff land? Once I know the shirt landing spot, I can have the coat sleeves tailored from there.
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Mar 15, 2006
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With the arm in a normal position (such as relaxed or moderately bent), the sleeve should cover the wristbone and end somewhere before gap between the index finger and thumb. Exactly where depends on proportions, including arm length. The old shirts might have shrunk or the shoulders grew.


Oct 16, 2012
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I'm no expert, but I believe the cuff-showing rule applies to the arms when hanging at the side or in a semi-bent/relaxed manner. When you bend the arms and move them around the cuffs should show more than usual. If you watch Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report," you'll notice that when he sits at his desk and gets real worked-up over something (flailing his arms around and whatnot), his jacket will reveal almost his entire cuff--and Stephen Colbert wear Brooks Brothers and usually dresses pretty conservatively. Therefore, I'd say once you start moving your arms around, it's natural to show more than 1/2" of your shirt cuff.

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