French Cuffs: How To Wear Them

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Since we launched the Kickstarter for Hucklebury, I’ve been asked about the lack of french cuff options. I have discussed occasions to wear cufflinks as well as different styles of cuffs (with an infographic) in earlier articles. This post came about due to an interesting discussion that arose from queries – how do you wear your french cuffs? It came to my attention that there are ways besides what I consider the norm to wearing french cuffs, so I spent some time learning about them and felt I should write about it. So here are the 3 different ways of wearing french cuffs:

Kissing French Cuffs

This is the style I always utilize when it comes to french cuffs, and is the way that they should be worn without exception as french cuffs are considered formal wear. How this is worn is best expressed through the image below (Image courtesy: The How To WASP). The ends of the cuff should be kissing each other, with the holes lined up for you to pass your cufflink through.

How To Wear French Cuffs

Undone French Cuffs

French Cuff With SweaterIt came to my attention that some people tend to NOT wear cufflinks, i.e. they stop at the middle image above where they fold back the cuff but do not utilize a cuff link. This was surprising to me, as it would look ungainly to say the least. However, this style is used only when wearing something over the shirt – like a sweater – so that it keeps the cuffs in place. I personally don’t agree with the concept of wearing french cuffs in a casual environment. The undone cuffs would look something like the image to the right but without the cufflink (Image courtesy: An Affordable Wardrobe).

Barrel French Cuffs

Barrel French CuffsThe use of this style surprised me the most. Apparently, instead of making the cuff ends kiss, people pass one end below the other, align the holes and pass a cufflink through them – in effect creating a BARREL cuff. A variation of this is to slide one end of the cuff into the other and then pass through a cufflink – as shown in the image on the left (Image courtesy: Effortless Gent). What is confusing is that if you want to wear french cuffs like barrel cuffs, why not just wear a shirt with a barrel cuff in the first place? The reasoning behind this particular style is that the cuff does not get in the way when working at a computer.

 

At the end of the day, it is best to develop your own personal style unique to yourself and if you feel that you can rock either of the unconventional looks, go for it. Personally, I wear french cuffs only as formal wear and stick to the Kissing style. If I know I’ll be working at a computer, I would wear a barrel cuff shirt. Do let me know if there is something I’ve missed and your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!

 

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Dhawal Shah

Through Art of Style Club, Dhawal Shah is educating himself on lifestyle matters affecting everyday men and bringing a fresh perspective to answer their questions. He is also the co-founder of 2Stallions Digital Marketing Agency, and an expert on web development, SEO, SEM, Marketing Automation & Social Media.

  • Maitre D

    Mr. Shah – excellent review of a great practice. Furthermore, it seems that many gentlemen, when trying to barrel their cuffs to wear with a sweater, run into the discomforting dilemma of digging a metal cufflink into their wrist or shopping for the right softer element to provide a remedy in such case. In case it is helpful, here is a guide and solution to the barrel technique to aid your readers… http://gentlemansdigest.com/how-to-barrel-your-cuffs/ – Cheers!

  • Mihai

    I totally see your point. But with regards to the barrel french cuff, I would say that you didn’t consider this option. Why would you get two different types of shirts( say for simplicity, a white shirt) one single buttoned and one suitable for french cuffs, where you could just as easily turn your french cuff shirt into a more informal shirt by making your cuffs into a barrel cuff without spending money on another shirt… .

    My point is, buy french cuff shirts, and you can make them formal or informal by using kissing or barreling for cuffing. Whereas if you buy a buttoned shirt you can’t turn it into formal attire…

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