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French cuff shirt (stripes pattern) and no jacket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by joseanes, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. joseanes

    joseanes Senior Member

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    Oct 25, 2004
    Marlborough, MA, USA
    Banana Republic and Calvin Klein have been making shirts in a vertical or biased pattern with french cuffs, ussually in darker colors. They look interesting.

    Should you always use a jacket with french cuff shirts?
    Or that only applies to plain, traditional, dress shirts (white, light blue)?

    (I know this website dislikes Banana Republic quality. I am just refering to the style as a reference, not necessarily the quality of the shirt or fabric).

  2. gregory

    gregory Senior Member

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    Feb 6, 2004
    In my opinion, it is acceptable in many instances today to wear french cuffed shirts without a jacket. Regarding bias-striped shirts and other unconventional designs, I have always thought that only ridiculously good looking people can pull them off with some amount of decency. One who is not good looking does oneself a favor by sticking to extremely well-tailored/custom/MTM plain clothing. In fact, the ridiculously good looking look even better with well-tailored/custom/MTM plain clothing (like a light blue herringbone with spread collars and french cuffs). The idea here is partly to convey subtlety and taste, but mainly to cause others to commit an attribution error. "Look, he is only wearing a plain blue shirt like every other person, so if what I am seeing looks good, it must be him that looks good and not his clothes that cause him to look good." (Nevermind the fact that the "plain blue shirt" was a $500+ MTM Borrelli) [​IMG]

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