Ever imagined your shirt without a cuff? No, right?
This small but significant design detail adds that finishing touch to your shirt, along with a great deal of functionality. While cuffs are available in plenty of styles and variants, we have picked four of the most classic and versatile options.
THE SINGLE CONVERTIBLE CUFF
This is the simplest, classic variant of a cuff. It’s characterised by a mitred angle and a single button. It adds a bit of an edge to the shirt and gives it a more formal appearance. It can also be worn with cufflinks to elevate your shirt.
Best Reserved For: Casual and semi-formal shirts
THE DOUBLE BOND CUFF
Popularised by the 007s of the world, this cuff is also known as a two-button mitred cuff. It’s a dressy, elegant version of the single convertible cuff.
Best Reserved For: Formal, eveningwear shirts
THE FRENCH CUFF
French cuffs are synonymous with tuxedo shirts. It’s a complete square cuff and is supposed to be worn with cufflinks or silk knots. This cuff style is the most formal of all.
Best Reserved For: Tuxedo shirts for black-tie events
THE NEAPOLITAN CUFF
Also known as the Bond cuff or two-button turn back cuff, this style was brought into light by James Bonds’ Sean Connery. It’s characterised by a foldback rounded cuff and two buttons. This cuff style adds a touch of flamboyance to your shirt and is not for the faint-hearted.
Best Reserved For: Dressy, cocktail shirts