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French cuffs, cuff links and sports jacket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stripes22, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. stripes22

    stripes22 Member

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    I think french cuff shirts should be reserved for suits.  But, I got a great new shirt (with french cuffs), wanted to wear it to-day, and chose a fitted tweed jacket with wool trousers.  

    Did I carry out a fashion faux pas?
     


  2. demeis

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    agreed
     


  3. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior Member

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    I wear French cuffs (FC) even without a jacket (am doing this right now) and I think quite a few people disagree with the no-French-cuffs-without-suit "rule".
    Just know that they are dressier. You may create a constrast (e.g. FC with jeans) instead of having all your clothes at the same level of formality (FC with suit).

    Mathieu
     


  4. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I guess I'm on the other side here. I think cufflinks are for suits only, I can't imagine them looking good with a sport coat.
     


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    Only with a suit. Only exception is a DB blue blazer, the only coat formal enough to wear links without a suit
     


  6. Concordia

    Concordia Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Some people can look casual and comfortable while wearing cufflinks.  If you are one of them, then by all means go for it.  Soft cuffs, not-so-dressy pattern on shirt, discreet old cufflinks that aren't obviously expensive, and you're in business.  

    Personally, I think that Americans get way too uptight about french cuffs. I sometimes wear them with sweaters.
     


  7. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior Member

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    In Singapore nobody wears a suit (too hot and humid). If I needed to wear a suit to wear cuff links I'd never wear cuff links.
     


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    I certainly think it's fine considering I did it myself just two weeks ago.

    I would only do it, however, with a patterned/coloured shirt. I think white french cuffed shirts are too formal to be worn with a sport coat. As someone else said, as long as it's a soft cuff, it's all good. Outside of that, I don't see any problems.
     


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    I agree.

    & I voted tacky.
     


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    I do it all the time; and sometimes without the sport coat. I stay away from links that are "dressy," though, and not usually with a plain white shirt, either.
     


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    I do it all the time to. I rarely ever wear a white shirt though. When I do wear a FC shirt and i'm not wearing a suit, I try to use silk knots as I only own one pair of cuff links. I think the silk knots tone it down to a less formal look.
     


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    The cufflinks you should wear with a sports jacket are unassuming silk knots.
     


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    I think they're best worn with a suit, but with the right sportscoat it can create a nice contrast.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I concur.
     


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    I wear french cuffs with sportcoats, I even wear them with jeans without a jacket. I know it is against the "rules" but honestly I don't care. I think it looks good, it fits in at my job and I like to wear some of my cufflinks every now and then.

    That being said if I worked elsewhere I probably wouldn't wear 1/2 of the things I wear on a daily basis. This being one of those things.
     


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