How to Wear a Double Cuff

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Double cuffed shirts require cufflinks.
Double cuffed shirts require cufflinks. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

While most men are intimately familiar with buttoning their cuffs closed on a standard-issue dress shirt, double cuffs, also known as French cuffs, offer an alternative to traditional dress shirt cuffs. Tailored longer than traditional cuffs, double cuffs are cut to be worn doubled back upon themselves, and secured with a pair of cufflinks rather than with a button. Usually worn for formal occasions, double cuff shirts are becoming increasingly more popular in workplace settings and casual nightlife. Regardless of your views of the formality necessary to sport a double cuff, you’ll need to know how to wear them to avoid looking like a slob when you leave the house.

Put on the shirt as normal, buttoning it up the front and placing it comfortably on your shoulders. The double cuff causes the shirt’s arms to extend past your wrists and over your hands.

Fold each cuff backward upon itself, so it is cuffed at a comfortable length, with the edge of the cuff exposed on the outside. The crease in the fold should rest where traditional cuffs usually do, on your wrist.

Line up the buttonholes on the lower portion of the cuff with those closer to your wrist. Many double-cuff shirts provide two sets of interior buttonholes, to allow for small adjustments in the cuff’s length.

Fold the cuff so the insides of the sleeve touch. This type of fold leaves exposed edges on the outer portion of your wrist, rather than a smooth, continuous cuff, as used with traditional cuffs.

Thread a cufflink through the outside of the cuff to the interior, and affix the jewelry using its fastening mechanism.

Wear cufflinks on the outside of a folded cuff to show them off.
Wear cufflinks on the outside of a folded cuff to show them off. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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