Dress Shirt Cuffs

Like collars, culls come in a variety of shapes and details. But unlike collars, your choice need not he predicated on any particular physical feature.

For the young man’s purposes, there are two choices: a regular button cuff, sometimes called a “barrel" cuff, and French cuffs that require cuff links. If you choose the latter, make sure you know what you're doing. That means only the most discreet, tasteful cuff links. You are supposed to be the conversation piece, not your accessories.


Button—down collars require button cuffs, but dress collars can he paired with either button or French cuffs. or as the English prefer to call them, double cuffs. Most dress shirts in England are double cuff. These cuffs are generally regarded as dressier than button cuffs, underscored by their appearance as the standard in all formalwear. This reputation makes them seem overdressed when worn with a sports jacket. Beyond this all you need to know is cuffs should fall about one inch bellow your wrist bone and close tightly enough to stay there.



The yoke is the upper back part of the shirt. The finest handmade dress shirts feature a split yoke, indicated by a vertical seam between the shoulders that allows each shoulder to he fitted individually. Most will be flat across the back with some subtle pleating to help arms and shoulders move. The thing to ensure here is that your shirts aren't too tight across the yoke. Cross your arms in front to make sure you have ample movement. For or the neatest appearance the yoke and sleeve seam should not drop below the shoulder. but should line up where your arm joins the shoulder.



Monograms were originally instituted so men would get their property back from the laundry. They have evolved into a matter of taste and extra adornment. Some consider them good taste; others consider them too flashy.

Therefore, assuming you are just starting your journey to professional status, it's best to leave such designation off. You do not want to appear pretentious and, to some, monogramming does.

lf and when the time comes for displaying your initials on your shirts, several rules apply. One, the monogram should be simple, discreet, and tiny, smaller than three-eights of an inch. As if you don't really care that anyone sees it.

As for positioning, the purveyors of all things classic favor four inches to the left ot the shirt‘s center button line or at the waist. lf there is a pocket, it centers that pocket or falls below it. The thread color can he a dark contrast or a pale shade one step below the shirt‘s hue. Monogrammed cuffs are not considered as conservative, and monogrammed collars are grounds for dismissal.