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Shirt cuffs are a small but important part of a gentleman's ensemble. Besides the collar, they are one of the only visible parts of a shirt when a jacket is worn. Shirt cuffs should typically extend one inch past the jacket sleeves to provide a polished look to one's ensemble. Though not everyone requires a closet full of different cuffed shirts, a gentleman should have at least one for those occasions when he wants to appear just a bit more stylish than the ordinary. Embracing this elegant look is an excellent way to declare to all observers that one not only takes pride in his appearance, but also has an appreciation for subtle elegance. Here are eight cuff styles that you can ask your tailor to stitch, suiting your own personal tastes.
1. Round Cuff
The round single cuff belongs to the single cuffs shirt family. Rounded with a height of 7cm, the round single cuff is one of the simplest cuffs for men's shirts. It can have a contrasting colour fabric and can be ideally worn with an everyday shirt. Termed as the 'standard' men's shirt cuff, a variation of this type is the round barrel cuff. The particularity of the barrel cuff is that it offers two fastening positions in series, for one slit: a larger or a closer position. The round barrel cuff can have a contrasting colour fabric on the inside too and is particularly recommended to those who like to change the size of their cuff – from a larger position, to wear a big watch, to a closer position.
2. Round 2-Buttons Cuff
The round 2-buttons cuff is 7cm in height and has two buttons, vertically stitched, with each button having its own slit. The round 2-buttons cuff is very convenient for a sophisticated shirt, although it is much more elaborated and dressier than the standard. Throw in a dash of colour by contrasting the button's colours and give it a trendy touch.
3. French Cuff
The French cuff or the double cuff is the most formal type in menswear. It is twice as long and worn folded back, fastened with cufflinks or silk knots. These can either have square or rounded edge, depending upon the taste of the wearer. The French cuff is the 'must have' for every man. It is typically 8cm in height and is an essential component for any shirt lover. These are quintessentially stylish and when combined with funky colours and fashionable prints, can be the mark of a seriously fashionable man. Do not wear your French cuffs open and loose!
4. Square Cuff
The square cuff is similar to the round one in structure but has a nice 8mm border, giving a very rare elegant touch to this kind. It is a simple style that does not need any cufflinks, and is perfect for everyday wear. It has a single button to fasten and has a squared edge, as compared to the round cuff. A variation is the 2-button type, in which both the buttons are stitched vertically, with a slit for each button.
5. Mandarin Cuff
The Mandarin cuff is part of a Mandarin shirt. This very simple cuff is 3cm in height and is, like the collar of the same name, from oriental inspiration. The inside of a Mandarin cuff can be contrasted with a fabric of another colour. Don't forget, you can only wear this cuff, if you have a Mandarin shirt.
6. Convertible False Double Cuff
The convertible false double cuff, also called convertible false French cuff is a very rare style. It does look like a French cuff, but isn't, as it is a single cuff that is not folded back. Nevertheless, this shirt cuff can be secured with knot closures, cufflinks and even buttons. With this type you get the best of both worlds: a dressy option with cufflinks or something a bit more casual and comfortable with simply buttons.
7. Cocktail Cuff
The cocktail cuff is a turn-back shirt cuff which fastens with buttons rather than cufflinks. Apparently it was originally designed by Franck Foster, a famous shirt maker whose clothes were made popular by Sean Connery and Roger Moore in James Bond movies. The cocktail shirt cuff is also called James Bond cuff for this reason. This one was originally designed for use with evening wear. It is nowadays regularly worn with suits in a more informal environment. If you are looking for a cuff on your custom shirts with the flamboyance of the turnback, but want to do away with cufflinks then the cocktail cuff may be for you.
8. Mitered Barrel Cuff
The mitered barrel cuff, or also called angle cut corner shirt cuffs is similar in structure to the round and square cuff, but has a diagonal cut at its end. It is particularly recommended to those who like to wear a big watch to a closer position. The mitered corners are often preferred over rounded or square corners.