Showing a little cuff under a jacket or sweater always looks elegant. Typically, a ¼” or ½” flash of cuff is best. In fact, a lack of visible cuff is often perceived as untidy or ill-considered, lacking polish.
Cuffs have always served to anchor the sleeve. Traditionally, they would fasten with ribbon, replaced by traditional links as time went on. These were double cuffs, and the term still applies today, with double cuffs sometimes referred to as French cuffs instead.
Recent years have seen a rise in popularity in button cuff shirts, known more generally as single cuffs. This is thanks largely to their increased acceptance into the work wardrobe as well as the perfect, most convenient and comfortable option for casual dress too.
A single cuff with a cufflink is best saved for white tie dress only.
Square Double Cuff
A classic, formal cuff, best worn with a suit.
Round Double Cuff
An elegant and refined, formal cuff option that requires a cuff link.
One Button Cuff
A classic, rounded barrel cuff with a single button, perfect for smart and casual wear.
Two Button Cuff
A classic barrel cuff with a rounded edge and two buttons. Excellent for both casual and smart wear. The two buttons have it veering towards the latter.
Associated with James Bond and also known as the Portofino cuff, the cocktail cuff is fairly formal, despite its’ buttons and has increased in popularity in recent years.
Three Button Cuff
A fancy, squared barrel cuff that is more for show than function or convenience.