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Hanging shirts with French (double) cuffs

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alchimiste, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior Member

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    When you have shirts with French double cuffs on hangers in a closet, what do you do to the cuffs? do you unfold them? or do you fold them with links? or fold them without links?
    The latter would keep them in shape. I would use lights links for this, not heavy metallic ones.

    Mathieu
     


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    When I get them back from the dry cleaner, they have little plastic clips on them keeping them folded. This seems like teh best way to me.

    Dan
     


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    alchimiste Senior Member

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    That's also what I tend to do (although I have to McGuyverize the clips since I iron them myself.)
     


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    Luc-Emmanuel Distinguished Member

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    I leave them unfolded. And I iron them "flat", not cuffed. I don't think it's the right way to do it, but I don't like "creased" double cuffs.

    .luc
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I used to do them as Luc does, but have started creasing them, which seems to be the standard way of doing it. Is not creasing them acceptable ironing behavior?
     


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    I'm with Luc. Iron flat and hang unfolded; then I create the fold when I put on the shirt and attach the links.

    (My thinking is that ironing flat is less stressful on the fabric than ironing in a folded crease.)
     


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    Same here. I don't want the fold to be enforced with an iron. And cuff links? Shouldn't that be something that you choose when you're about to wear it, not when it comes out of the wash?
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Don't iron the crease in. Besides leading to quicker fraying, it will help set any ring-around-the-cuff that washing didn't take out, that otherwise might be removed easily later. Plus, it's just one more very visible place to easily over-iron and end up with shiny spots or scorching. That much fabric thickness doesn't allow much forgiveness.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I find that if you let the laundry fold the cuffs, they fold them in the wrong place at least half the time. Then the fold sets, and when you correct it, there is an unsightly, additional crease. I ask them to leave my cuffs flat.
     


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    Hmmm, I didn't know I'd be in the minority here.  I iron my own shirts, and generally press the cuff folded.  What looks better...the roll or the crease?

    edit: you guys press the collar, right? the arguments against pressing the cuff seem to argue against having the collar pressed as well...
     


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    As stated in my original post, I prefer the roll to the crease.

    What do you mean by "pressing" the collar ? I iron my shirts, and I iron the collar flat as well, from the inside, just like the cuffs.

    .luc
     


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    I fold the collar down and press it folded from the inside, because otherwise they often don't stay folded properly. I rarely wear a tie, so keep that in mind. Nothing worse than the flattening disco collar syndrome.
     


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    I'm with Luc and 4Mica on the collar. Iron flat--but I do fold it down on the hanger--and then adjust after I've added the necktie.
     


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    Very interesting. I'm going to try the collar thing...
     


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