Selecting Cufflinks

Selecting Cufflinks

The look and feel of a shirt are not just defined by your choice of fabric and the details alone but also heavily by the style choices you make.

If you buy off the rack, all of these choices have been made for you, which is easy but at the same time limiting. Once you switch to a custom shirt, you have to carefully consider all the options, so everything works together once you get the shirt back.

All of the little details count, so consider the various cuff options when designing a dress shirt.

How to Choose a Dress Shirt Cuff Style

All of the little details count, so consider the various cuff options when designing a dress shirt. Below is a breakdown of the decisions you can make.

The first step is to decide if you’d like to go for a Barrel Cuff or French Cuff. You’ll need cuff links or cuff knots to close your French Cuffs, whereas Barrel Cuffs have simple button closures. French cuffs are definitely more formal and are the natural choice if you’re buying a tuxedo shirt or wedding shirt.
Some guys love French Cuffs, others love Barrel Cuffs. Typically French Cuffs will be “more work” and be more of a statement, whereas Barrel Cuffs are more common and subtle.

If you want a Barrel Cuff, the next choice is whether you’d like a one-button or two-button cuff. One-button cuffs are a little more subtle and shorter in length than their two-button counterparts. Those who want a slightly more formal look should consider the longer, two-button cuffs—also think about these if you have particularly long arms.

If you’re going with a one button barrel cuff, consider our new, slightly longer version, which clocks in at 2.875”. Inspired by the cuffs common among the great Neapolitan shirtmakers, our long one button cuff is super balanced and is especially recommended for guys with arms over 34” (though it looks great on all, and comes in both fused and soft versions). Put it on any shirt you’d wear with a standard one button cuff.

Some cuffs are rounded, others are mitered, and some have a straight cuff end. Rounded cuffs are most common and subtle, whereas mitered are generally considered more elegant and formal. The straight edge cuff is a less common barrel cuff design, but can be great on a casual shirt.

Similar to collars and plackets, one can get their cuffs in a crisp, fused construction or a soft, unfused construction. We typically suggest keeping construction consistent with collar and placket—if you have a fused collar, get a fused cuff. Fused is a better choice for a shirt meant to be worn in business contexts, while soft construction is ideal for casual wear or a more ‘sprezzy’ dressy look.

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