Why the second button on a shirt cuff?

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  1. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    Why do some shirts have two buttons for one hole? I always assumed it was to add a little adjustability to compensate for the one-size-fits-all cuffs on RTW shirts, but just the other day I saw (in that Robb Report article) that some of Mr. Kabbaz's bespoke shirts had them. Why would a bespoke shirt need adjustability?
     
  2. Kent Wang

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    Maybe allow for adjustment when wearing a watch? Of course, one can also simply get the left (or right) cuff done in a slightly larger diameter. But I suppose having two buttons will give you the flexibility of wearing a watch or not.
     
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    Horace Senior member

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    I don't know but it's a pet peeve of mine. Does it serve to shorten the legnth of the sleeve a bit?
     
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    Yes it certainly can. For example, if you lose quite a bit of weight, the sleeve will fall lower from your shoulder. Then you may need to make the wrist tighter to raise the cuff.
     
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    The remark about Kabbaz will contradict me but here goes.

    IMO this is the first step in the quality ladder on shirts. If a shirt has any pretense about being better than an other shirt, it will have two plastic buttons on the cuff to allow for adjustement for different wrists. My correct cuff size usually lies smack in the middle of those two buttons. The interesting thing is that better shirts usually don't have this 'feature'.

    Perhaps, Kabbaz's clients have picked this up and feel that an expensive shirt should also have this. Of course they get what they ask for as they are the ones that will be paying the bill and wearing the shirts.

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    Or perhaps one's wrist varies size day-to-day? I think mine does. On days when I haven't eaten much I find that my watch is significantly looser.
     

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