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French cuff or barrel cuff shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stuarts8, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    I`d be interested to know which type of shirt members of the forum prefer to wear and why.
    For myself , I prefer French cuff shirts, they are so much more stylish and I can wear items from my cufflink collection with them.
    Cheers
    Stuart
     
  2. rayk

    rayk Senior member

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    I, too, prefer French cuffs for their elegance and style.  That being said, I must say that I possess many barrel cuffed shirts, which hold an integral place in my daily wardrobe.  I tend to don French cuffs when I'm dressing up, and barrel cuffs when I'm just dressing.  This distinction, of course, is subjective.
     
  3. gregory

    gregory Senior member

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    I prefer french cuffs, except for the most casual ocassions. Having said that, I'm aware that no one is most liked and most despised than a well-dressed person. Example: Bosses and colleagues who feel a status slippage when a junior staff arrives well-groomed, and rather than reacting by increasing their satorial standards, attempts the easier route of bringing the well-dressed person to their level by such caring, well-meaning remarks as "Oh why are you so well dressed today, gregory?" For some reason, there is a segment of population who considers well-dressed individuals uppity, and this segment of the population tends to prefer their "comfortable" jogging suits and $29 L.L. Bean Mocs("Exceptional Comfort at an Exceptional Price, Just $29") Â because these articles of clothing show that they are nice, and homely, down-to-earth, and wonderful Americans, not to mention that dressing in such a way confirmings their membership in a group fondly known as "just like everyone else". [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    alaaro Senior member

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    I prefer French Cuff, no question....they look better and are more comfortable. I try to always wear french cuffs when I am "Dressing up", and have been doing it a lot when I go out to nice bars/clubs. But my work is casual, and even frenchcuffs with no tie is overdressed, so I wear barrel cuffs then.
     
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    banksmiranda Senior member

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    I like barrel cuffs, somewhat atypical(compared to the one-button) ones at least: 3-button and cocktail/turnback/flowback(whatever they're called?) cuffs.
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Aesthetically, I prefer the french cuff, but for practical purposes, barrel (when I'm playing).
     
  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Largish, semi-spread collar. Double button cuffs. Tapered cut with short shirt tails.
     
  8. Classic

    Classic Senior member

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    I prefer spread collar and french cuffs, both contrasting for colored shirts. For solid white, tab collar and french cuffs. I even wear french cuffs with jeans.
    Gregory, I can undertand your comments. I have been fortunate, in that while there continues to be some employees who still do not dress up, there are an increasing number who do, and thus (at least in my work place) the problem is deminshing somewhat. In fact, at my workplace, the comments generally now come when we do not dress up.
    (Sorry about the slightly off topic response Stuarts8)
     
  9. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i wear one-button, mitred, barrel cuffs. wearing french cuffs with anything less than a suit is really a clash of styles. i have exactly one shirt with french cuffs. it's my wedding/opera shirt. they are for the sole purpose of exuding elegance. you guys wearing them with denim just look confused. [​IMG]
     
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    jpeirpont Senior member

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    I prefer Barell cuff .I rarely consider wearing french cuffs,though I find them exceedingly attractive.My favorite shirt is on the casual side-though I do wear them with suits- , the button down oxford attracts me because of its versitility and its place in the history of American style.
     
  11. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Hi Gregory. Do you wear French cuff shirts without a Tie?
    or only with?
    Would you wear them with a nice pair of Jeans for instance?
    Stuart
     
  12. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Great to hear Classic , that you wear French Cuff shirts with Jeans. I happen to think that they look really great like that.
    One of the things I find that in warm weather, wearing my French cuff shirts, I invariably  find myself unfastening the cufflinks and folding them into the cuff and folding the cuffs back twice. I like the look  while retaining the cufflinks in the cuffs. (they do not fall out.)
    Quite a cool look.
    I am also a fan of the contrasting collar and cuffs. Looks superb.
    I have one such shirt. Hope to get another.
    Stuart
     
  13. Classic

    Classic Senior member

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    I will readily admit that it is not a look that everyone appreciates, and that it may be breaking some rule in the fashion book. However, it is a look that I and many others do like, and so I continue to wear french cuffs with jeans. I do not see it as a clash of styles. But as an expression of confidence.
    Stuarts8, thanks for the vote of "confidence".
     
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    NavyStyles Senior member

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    While I really love the look of French cuffs, I wear barrel cuffs more often, so I had to send my vote that way.
     
  15. gregory

    gregory Senior member

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    I prefer french cuffs, except for the most casual ocassions.
    Hi Gregory. Do you wear French cuff shirts without a Tie? or only with? Would you wear them with a nice pair of Jeans for instance? Stuart
    Yes, I wear french cuff shirts without a tie. For some reason, I think a tie without a jacket draws attention to one's upper body, which is only a good thing if one has a toned upper body.
     
  16. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Couldnt agree more. Alaaro. They are much more comfortable than barrel cuff shirts.
    Its a pity you couldnt wear a French cuff shirt with no Tie to work. Iwas talking to a chap on another forum & He is the only one at his work who does that. The others are into polo shirts.Yukk.
    However you could wear a French cuff shirt and Cufflinks to work and when you got there, unfasten the links andfold the cuffs back, leaving the links hidden in the cuff.

    Stuart  
     

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