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Tightening cuffs

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Goblin, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Goblin

    Goblin Senior member

    Mar 30, 2006
    Charleston, WV
    Is it feasible for a tailor to "tighten" the cuffs on dress shirts so they fit closer to the wrist, or would I be better off buying new dress shirts with tighter cuffs? This is related to my recent tattooing spree ... I'm a bit distressed by how baggy the cuffs of my dress shirts are, and how high they ride up if I'm not paying attention. I think I'm doomed to wear small Ace bandages on my wrists and lower forearms in perpetuity, but tighter cuffs would certainly help minimize the chances of a slip-up.

    I'm sitting here playing with my cuffs, and it seems like there ought to be some way to make them fit more snugly to my wrists, but I really have no idea. [​IMG]

    Thanks as always!
  2. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Mar 11, 2006
    The wild and the pure.
    Depending on how much tighter you need them, you can move the cuff button over a touch. You are kind of limited as to how much you can actually do this before it ruins the cuff.
  3. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I move the buttons on all my RTW shirts, it's very simple.
  4. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    If we're talking about button cuffs, you can move the main button about 1/2" or so before the gauntlet starts getting out of shape (it will gap open, thus defeating your purpose). However, you can also move that small gauntlet button a little bit as well to keep things in line. This will buy you a little more room.

    If that's not enough, a competent tailor/shirtmaker can remove the cuff, take apart the gauntlet portion and recut the wrists considerably smaller. Your cuffs will overlap more than usual.

    If French cuffs, the only option is for tighter cufflinks.

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