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JuniorJetSet

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I happen to like the look of French cuffed dress shirts and was just wondering if there is any ettiquette that should be observed when wearing them.
For instance, are they strictly for business settings? Appropriate for formal non-business settings, etc. Or would they look too gaudy?
Should one even consider wearing French cuffs to the office if one is not senior management?

And a second related question: Is it acceptable to wear a French Cuffed Dress Shirt under a Sweater?


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No double ("French") cuffs with sweaters.  They will pull the sleeves out of shape (unless the cufflinks have been removed--which rather defeats the original purpose).

IMHO, double cuffs are for dressy occasions.  (However, this may be a minority viewpoint.)
 

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I wear French cuffs on occasion when I'm not wearing a suit. I don't wear them with jeans, but with a nice pair of trousers they don't look out of place.
French cuffs always look good with a jacket, in my opinion. You don't need to be senior management. If you're wearing a suit, you will look good in French cuffs.
 

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I've seen some folks try to wear a FC shirt under a sweater where they pull the sleeves of the sweater up past the cuff of the shirt. It might work for you.
 

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I wear French cuff shirts with sweaters, but I fold the cuffs together in a circular shape that mimics a barrel cuff, and hold either end together by securing them with small silk knots. This way, the cuffs will not bend the sleeve ends of the sweater out of place. Plus, I do not show cuff when wearing a sweater, thus I do not care if the French cuffs are not worn properly, no one can see / tell anyways.

At the same time I wear cutaway shirts with French cuffs (that are tapered on either side, and have been shorten at the hem by my tailor, so it has the proper length and shape when worn outside of the pants) with jeans. Of course, when approaching this sporty look, I only use silk knots, and other cuff links would ruin the look by not being sporty enough and looking too dressy.

Jon.
 

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I wear French cuff shirts with sweaters, but I fold the cuffs together in a circular shape that mimics a barrel cuff, and hold either end together by securing them with small silk knots. This way, the cuffs will not bend the sleeve ends of the sweater out of place. Plus, I do not show cuff when wearing a sweater, thus I do not care if the French cuffs are not worn properly, no one can see / tell anyways. At the same time I wear cutaway shirts with French cuffs (that are tapered on either side, and have been shorten at the hem by my tailor, so it has the proper length and shape when worn outside of the pants) with jeans. Of course, when approaching this sporty look, I only use silk knots, and other cuff links would ruin the look by not being sporty enough and looking too dressy. Jon.
For Myself, I wear French cuff shirts with cufflinks with a sweater on . I do not see it as much of a problem at all. If it is a hot day, I unfasten the cufflinks, fold them into the cuff and fold the sleeves back twice. (been doing it for years and not lost a link , yet&#33
Jon, If you novelty cufflinks with the sporty casual look I suggest to you that that would look really neat with the shirt worn untucked with Jeans. Stuarts8
 

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I wear French cuff shirts under suit jackets with no cufflinks in them often. You should see how it looks on you, I get compliments on it quite often, from both females as well as style-conscious men.
 

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I wear French cuff shirts under suit jackets with no cufflinks in them often.  You should see how it looks on you, I get compliments on it quite often, from both females as well as style-conscious men.
I am afraid to say, that Look is quite tacky. I does not look right in my view. besides you have the cuffs flapping around.
Much better to have the links in.
Cheers
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French Cuffs dress up well, so I think they really finish a formal look, but like most formal elements, can be dressed down to effect. I have seen one fellow who folds the cuff back over the sleeve of his jacket (fairly casual, not a suit), and it works for him - haven't been there myself. I have flirted with an evening shirt with the french cuff extended - that is worn undoubled with the cufflink in the first button-holes - yup, it flaps around - I realy liked the look, but must admit it was a mad outfit that has yet to find its way past the bedroom door
 

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I too find that a FC shirt (with links on) underneath a sweater is a bit odd, and in some cases, "trying too hard". One problem is that the cuffs with links would distort the knitted cuffs on a sweater making it look pretty odd. Albeit ImageWIS' method is pretty acceptable since the bulk of the FC will be miminized and no cuffs will show. For me, FC shirts are usually for more 'dressy' occasions, and I never wear them without a suit (the only exception is when I wear them folded back twice - no links inside
) Last week I was at an opening of a new restaurant and saw quite a few "metros" and posers wearing high collared (2 button) fitted Italian shirts with jeans and cufflinks and long snouted shoes. In my opinion they looked sad, or "berks" in English lingo.
 

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Did anyone read the "American Jackass" section of GQ recently? If any of the people it's aimed at got the joke, GQ would offend 3/4 of its audience.

That look is pretty standard... I admit I have to be careful sometimes not to approach it - I own british FC shirts, assorted jeans.. no long snouted shoes as of now... Just have to watch how one mixes and matches...
 

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I have to add that whilst I don't often wear sweaters (living in South Florida and all) I do however, frequently use the same technique I aforementioned when wearing FC shirts underneath ultra-thin long sleeve polos (mostly purple label) with or without ties (usually the former).

Jon.
 

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Last week I was at an opening of a new restaurant and saw quite a few "metros" and posers wearing high collared (2 button) fitted Italian shirts with jeans and cufflinks and long snouted shoes. Â In my opinion they looked sad, or "berks" in English lingo.
Sounds like these guys need a good old fashioned beatdown. I hate this look.
Ohh.. did they look precious
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