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How tight should the cuffs of your dress shirt be?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by plei89, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    This struck me, when I was trying to button my left cuff by myself (I'm right handed). I feel that the tighter it is, it better it looks; however, you can't pull your hand out of the cuff (if you know what I mean - kind of like if you were to wear your shirt backwards when you were a kid and wanted to reverse it, you pull your hand out from the inside of your shirt and reverse it, so you wouldn't have to strip). Maybe I'm just thinking too much [​IMG]
     
  2. Style Pontifex

    Style Pontifex Senior member

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    Interesting question that I've been wondering myself.
     
  3. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    Interesting question that I've been wondering myself.

    Glad I'm not alone [​IMG]
    I guess the question would be: since dress shirts has two buttons, if it were possible to button the 2nd button, but if you were not able to take it off without unbuttoning it, is it then therefore too tight? Or is there no such thing as too tight?
     
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    ryoneo Senior member

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    Matter of preference, but I like my cuffs to be able to fit two fingers worth of room. If you want a MTM shirt, then they can also add more room if you have a watch.
     
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    aeglus Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you can put it on/take it off without unbuttoning it, then it's too loose. If it can go past your wrist and start reaching the palm of your hand, it is too loose. If it's so tight that you can't move your arm much, then it's too tight.

    Exceptions are if you have a huge watch I guess. Though some eccentric figures in history went around that problem by wearing the watch over their cuffs. Two fingers rule seems about right.
     
  7. Arethusa406

    Arethusa406 Well-Known Member

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    I have small wrists -- about 6.25 inches around -- so OTR shirt cuffs are very roomy on me. However, after many years of wearing them, I've become accustomed to cuffs fitting that way. I've just started switching from OTR shirts to custom-made. Now that I've been fitted, my sense is that the cuffs will fit closer to the wrist. I haven't actually received the first shirt yet, but that's what I expect to find. aeglus mentions some eccentric figures in history wore a watch over the cuff. I believe the most common example of this was Gianni Agnelli.
     
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    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    If you can put it on/take it off without unbuttoning it, then it's too loose..

    +1
     
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    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    just tight enough so that it will not slide down over your hands.
     
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    For me, tight enough so it just goes past the prominent bone of the inside of my wrist. I can just get two fingers in the cuff side by side a move it around. I don't like my cuffs encroaching the bottom of my palms. Now it's annoying wearing OTR shirts where the cuffs are huge. I wear OTR casually and roll up the sleeves. Proper sleeves cuffs should not allow you to slide your hand out. Not even close.
     
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    I have my wife sew on an extra button because my cuffs are normally too loose, and I'm able to slide my hand out without unbuttoning.

    **Here's another rule: cup your hand so that your fingertips are pointed toward your armpit (not a fist). If the fingertips are touching your cuffs, then they're too loose.
     
  12. btulls

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    interesting. my one OTR cuffed shirt I can slide hand in and out. a bit difficult, but doable. I just got an MTM shirt. it's not even close to being able to slide in or out. found it annoying to hand to apply cufflink once shirt on. thought it may have been made wrong. I guess not.
     

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