Difference Between Single Cuff, Barrel Cuff and Double Cuff

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  1. mtrizzle06

    mtrizzle06 Senior member

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    Is a single cuff the same thing as a double cuff, but only with a single cuff?

    Or does a single cuff look like a barrel cuff?
     


  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    double cuff is british speak for a french cuff
     


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    Both single cuff and double/french cuff require links.

    A barrel cuff does not.
     


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    mtrizzle06 Senior member

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    Specifically, for single cuff, I mean Tyrwhitt single cuff.

    And I've heard that French Cuff = DC
     


  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    single cuff and barrel cuff can mean the same thing but often a single cuff means one button and a barrel cuff implies more than on button and usually two
     


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    Can you tailor a single or double cuff into a barrel cuff? and how much would this cost?

    Sorry for the questions.... I don't really know much about shirts
     


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    Infrasonic Senior member

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    You can get combination single/barrel cuffs, and use links/buttons as you wish.

    Just about to get a Boss shirt with barrels converted to combi by my local shirt guy. Not sure of cost but shouldn't be much.

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    So would double/french cuff or single cuff able to be tailored into barrel?
     


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    Both single cuff and double/french cuff require links.

    A barrel cuff does not.


    Really? I never buy shirts in England, but I always thought the single cuff was just another name for a botton cuff...?
     


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    From what I've seen, single cuff is almost always used to mean button cuff. However, at one point it referred to a cuff that required cuff links but did not fold back on itself like double cuffs (hence, single vs. double, referring to the layers of cloth). Since these cuffs are now very rare, you can be fairly confident that when you order single cuffs you are getting button cuffs.
     


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    From what I've seen, single cuff is almost always used to mean button cuff. However, at one point it referred to a cuff that required cuff links but did not fold back on itself like double cuffs (hence, single vs. double, referring to the layers of cloth). Since these cuffs are now very rare, you can be fairly confident that when you order single cuffs you are getting button cuffs.

    Allright. I normally only buy btton cuffs, but I was looking at those from Charles Tyrwhitt and there the choice was single or doubble cuff, and that did confuse me a bit...But then I am easily confused and google did not help...
     


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    French cuff is a name adopted to appease the French (for why I know not) and is properly known as a double cuff: This requires links.

    A single cuff is a button cuff in design although many shirts also have a button in each end of the cuff to enable links to be worn with them. This can either be considered an economy or allowing a choice. Personally I think clinks with single cuffs look odd to say the least. This can also be called a barrel cuff.
     


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    And just to add for completeness, a shirt with single cuffs and links is the correct style to wear with white tie.

    The single cuff shirts that can be used with buttons or links are also known as "convertible cuffs."

    I've recently had a few single cuff shirts made to be used solely with links, and I actually am warming up to them more than my double cuff shirts -- they have the "lightness" of fabric found in a barrel cuff, but still allow me to use links.
     


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    Okay, thanks for the replys guys. Like I said, I am really not interested in using cufflinks. I prefer the botton version. So it sounds like a single cuff from CT might be worth a try.
     


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    Both single cuff and double/french cuff require links.
    A barrel cuff does not.


    Correct

    single cuff and barrel cuff can mean the same thing but often a single cuff means one button and a barrel cuff implies more than on button and usually two

    Incorrect.

    Blast it all, when I need to find the page on which Mr. Kabbaz explains single cuffs (and the pictures in which he wears them), I cannot.

    The short answer: Single cuffs are, according to Mr. Kabbaz, the only appropriate cuff for formalwear, e.g., white collar. Aptly named, single cuffs require cufflinks, but do not fold over like double cuffs do.
     


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