French cuff shirts with buttons sewn on to cuff

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  1. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Has any one seen what are normal French Cuff shirts with a button added to the cuff so as to obviate the requirement for cufflinks and so the cuffs are fastened by the button rather than cufflinks although the one I saw a chap wearing today could still be fastened by cuffllinks.
    What are your thoughts about these?
    It is clear someone did not want to wear cufflinks and had the button added.
    What are your thoughts about these?
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    Stuart
     
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    I have seen some people do this, and cannot understand the rational. A co-worker does this because he likes the look of french cuffs, but hates cufflinks. I know it is a matter of personal taste, but IMO this takes away from the shirt. French cuff shirts should be worn with cufflinks.
    He has the buttons sewn on.


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    I've seen shirts (e.g. most Paul Smith these days) where a shirt intended as a barrel cuff has button holes sewn in so it can simulate a French cuff. Naturally one would need to use a cufflink to make this work.

    Personally, I think it would look a little odd to actually exercize this French cuff option. But that's just my opinion. I don't think having the buttonhole option there detracts at all from the appearance of the shirt when worn in barrel-cuff mode.

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  4. Phil

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    the folks at Turnbull & Asser would probably disagree that this style looks unstylish. In fact, it was T&A, in the 60's, who convinced the folks making James Bond movies that Sean Connery should be wearing turn back cuffs that have buttons instead of cufflinks. The rationale was that Bond would be a stylish man, thus would wear french cuff shirts, but would be too active to bother with cufflinks with all the fighting and whatnot Bond would encounter in his adventures. You cant see the buttons, of which there are 2, since they are disguised underneath the turned back cuff. My elderly dad, by the way, has many MTM T&A shirts in this style, and I have to admit, they have a certain flair, although I dont think I can pull it off myself.
     
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    I wouldn't do it, but I don't think it's terribly bad either. I wear silk knots and cufflinks, and prefer the former for more casual occasions.

    I wonder why so few people wear silk knots...
     
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    I like silk knots too, but I think so few people wear them for a few reasons. #1-I think some people view them as cheap, since they only cost a few dollars. The rationale being that they went through all the trouble of sporting their french cuff shirt, therefore they should be wearing more expensive links. #2 - Apparently, and this is news to me, that they have a kind of 1980's gordon gecko kind of vibe, which many people try hard to not emulate. I have to admit, I had never heard of this until several of my banking friends told me about it. Maybe its a financial world/banking kind of thing. That said, I have lots of them, especially the kind that have 2 colors in them, and wear them frequently, although mainly in fairly casual settings.
     
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    I agree that the turned back button cuff is not a style faux pas but nonetheless doesn't excite me. What I would like is a pair of cufflinks with a large button design on the front in mother of pearl. For some reason I like the idea of wearing a link that looks like a button.
     
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    I have just begun to like silk knots although I do not have many pairs at present. I think they are best and more effective worn casually.
    A lot of the French Cuff Shirts I buy here come with them already inserted usually dark blue or Black.
     

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