Surgeon's Cuffs on Topcoat?

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  1. armscye

    armscye Senior member

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    What says the panel on surgeon's cuffs with working buttonholes on a topcoat or overcoat?

    I have two new overcoats about to go off to my tailor for slimming, detailing, and button upgrading, so now would be the time to add surgeon's cuffs if I were going to do it. One is a SB navy cashmere blend with notch lapels, the other a charcoal DB somewhat in the Polo coat style. Both are full length and then some-- I ascribe to the Prince of Wales dictum that
    "a short coat is half a coat."
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Do they have vented sleeves?

    If so, I stick by my principle that not adding surgeon's cuffs is simply a shortcut.

    If not, I think it silly to cut apart the fabric and sleeve lining to add them.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    It is not so easy to put working sleeve buttonholes on really thick cloth. The necessary holes are too small. On covert coats or chesterfields it is much easier.
     
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    mack11211 Senior member

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    If you are a surgeon and plan to operate while wearing the coat (in a field hospital, say), then yes. Otherwise, why?
     
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    Would you believe I was right in the middle of responding to your original post when the forum went down earlier in the week?

    I have one overcoat with functional buttons on the sleeves. It's a MTM thick cashmere overcoat. I didn't ask for the functional buttons; they just came that way.

    I didn't think it adds anything at all, practically speaking. So I wouldn't pay extra to have them added onto my other coats.
     

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