How should French Cuffs fit your wrists?

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  1. Szeph el raton

    Szeph el raton Senior member

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    Hey folks,

    I'm curious as to how French Cuffs should fit the wrist ideally.

    With regular buttoned cuffs I tend to prefer a tighter cuff to keep the sleeves in place as opposed to perfect sleeve length with wider cuff. I've noticed that most RTW shirts which have French Cuffs have quite big examples thereof. I've seen one in a shop that was my size in the neck as well as slim fitting but with French Cuffs so big, I could put it on and off without removing the cuff links. Of course I didn't really sympathize with the "huge cuff" look.

    Should French Cuffs really be a little on the wider side with perfectly tailored sleeve length or are RTW French Cuffs just too wide and MTM is the way to go to get snug cuffs?

    Would be happy about pictures of good examples, too.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It varies from maker to maker. I have noticed extremely tight french cuffs as I have extremely large.

    I wear all MTM now and they are perfect. I would say when there is a cufflink in there should be enough room for one and a half fingers between the link and your wrist. Or a very tight two fingers provided you don't have sausage fingers.

    Sorry for the terrible photo, but this is all I can muster and the moment:

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  3. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

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    I have barrel cuffs made 9" wide and french cuffs made 9 3/8" wide.
     


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    IMO, if you can take the shirt off or put it on with the links on, it's too wide.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, but I don't think it should be glued to your wrist either. I like my arm to be able to move freely in and out of it so it doesn't pull out of my jacket sleeves.
     


  6. onix

    onix Senior member

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    it should be able to accommodate your dress watch, but not too big that you can remove it with cuff-links on.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well if you go MTM they measure your watch and make that wrist slightly bigger. Ah! The beauty!
     


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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    it should be able to accommodate your dress watch, but not too big that you can remove it with cuff-links on.

    +1
     


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    it should be able to accommodate your dress watch, but not too big that you can remove it with cuff-links on.

    This is great advice. I have been wearing my french cuffs in a barrel style lately with silk knots. I like the look and variety.
     


  10. ConservativeDinosaur

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    IMO, if you can take the shirt off or put it on with the links on, it's too wide.

    Yes.
     


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    Sorry i do not agree. Sometimes I like to be able to remove the shirt for a while and put a more casual one on, and I hang the shirt up with the links left in so all I need to do is put the shirt on rather than having to put the links in again.
    Stuarts8
     


  12. majesticj

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    Sorry i do not agree. Sometimes I like to be able to remove the shirt for a while and put a more casual one on, and I hang the shirt up with the links left in so all I need to do is put the shirt on rather than having to put the links in again.
    Stuarts8


    sorry about your opinion

    i prefer tight double cuffs, because I really hate it when the cuff of the shirt can't move naturally inside the suit jacket sleeve
     


  13. onix

    onix Senior member

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    Sorry i do not agree. Sometimes I like to be able to remove the shirt for a while and put a more casual one on, and I hang the shirt up with the links left in so all I need to do is put the shirt on rather than having to put the links in again.
    Stuarts8


    I bet you only open the top 2 front buttons then remove your shirt like a pullover. Good job saving time.
     


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    Kajak Senior member

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    Sorry i do not agree. Sometimes I like to be able to remove the shirt for a while and put a more casual one on, and I hang the shirt up with the links left in so all I need to do is put the shirt on rather than having to put the links in again.
    Stuarts8


    You should try a fake french-cuffed (Quebecois-cuffed) shirts with built in cufflinks. :p
     


  15. bowtielover

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    They should come to thr wrist and no further, you want at least 1/4 inch to show when wearing a jacket.
     


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