When To Wear French Cuff Dress Shirts – Man’s Guide Wearing French Cuffs – French Cuffs Appropriate

When To Wear French Cuff Dress Shirts – Man’s Guide Wearing French Cuffs – French Cuffs Appropriate


When To Wear French Cuff Dress Shirts – Man’s
Guide Wearing French Cuffs – French Cuffs Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be answering the question, “When should a man wear a French
cuff shirt?” Okay. This question came through our Men’s
Style Q&A website and I’ve got the link right down there, and this is a website in which
you can go and ask questions, and myself or someone that works with me or someone random
on the web who just wants to be helpful and knows quite a bit about men’s style — in
fact, I’ve been very impressed with the men who have been coming in there and offering
up answers, and it’s going to be a lot quicker than me answering the comments, especially
in older videos. I don’t check older videos. I try to stay up on the comments on these
new videos, but go check out the website. Again, the link is right below. Okay, so the question, when should a man wear
French cuffs? Well, a lot of confusion is out there because it’s not something we see
in everyday wear. And the quick answer, by the way, is whenever you want. I know that’s like not super helpful for many
of you, but it’s the truth. I have many clients who all of the dress shirts I make for them
are French cuff, so they’re basically wearing it every day, whether or not they’re going
out to a bar on a Friday night or whether or not they’re going to work on a Monday morning.
And for them, it’s an expression of style. They have a good collection of cuff links
and these shirts enable them to dress up without, in a sense, overdressing, so they’re not even
having to always pair it with a jacket. They can go out and they’ve got this bit of jewelry,
this bit of detail, which is one of their personal signatures. Now, that’s probably
not going to be for every guy. By the way, most of you are going to probably
see this if you ever have to wear black tie. If you’re watching this video and you’re wearing
white tie at some point, then yeah, you’re well beyond most people when it comes to style
in terms of that’s really old school and you’ve got to be hanging out in different spheres
of influence to be wearing white tie. Go check out the Gentleman’s Gazette. He talks a lot
about white tie and black tie, so I’m not really going to go down that route. Instead, I’m going to continue to talk about
French cuffs more for, I would say, the average Joe. So this is something he’s only going
to see on really high-end shirts, unless you end up going custom, then like I said, you
can get them on all of your shirts. But to, again, hit on that point, you can wear it
whenever you want. I personally see it as it’s interchangeable
with the barrel cuff. It’s a bit of a bigger cuff, so you’ll have to be careful. I think
one of the gentlemen in my Men’s Style Q&A website, he did mention that if you’re going
to wear a sweater over that shirt that you probably don’t want to have French cuffs because
it’s just simply going to be — there’s going to be too much material there. In addition,
if you think that you’ll be in a situation which you’ll need to roll up your cuffs, you’re
not going to want to wear a French cuff shirt. It’s just going to be too much material there. Let me go ahead and talk quickly about what
some of the guys are saying in there. They’ve brought up some great points, so I don’t want
to steal their points. Now, Geoffrey, he said that, “A French cuff dress shirt actually
follows the same rules and could be worn in the same places as a more typical buttoning
barrel cuff shirt.” I completely agree. Geoffrey nailed it there. He also said, “Of course,
they do look different, so be prepared to have a little bit of attention drawn to yourself.” I think that’s a good thing. I think it’s
was Nudie Cohn that said it’s better to be looked over than overlooked. Well, Nudie Cohn
also dressed people in the Rhinestone Cowboy Movement. I’m not going to get into that stuff,
but the point is, gentlemen, it’s good when a man has certain things that he brings into
his wardrobe which are unique to him and matches his personality and his personal style. Now, Keith, he added that, “Cuff links are
a way that a man has of personalizing his wardrobe,” which I hit on as well. “Go to
an antique shop.” He makes a good point. Keith talks about going to antique shops and finding
older cuff links. A lot of them are made of higher quality. They use metals like gold,
silver, platinum. And when they start using metals like that, you’re going to find that
they really go up in prices. This is where cuff links go from being just a functional
little piece to actually being jewelry. So on the lower end, you can find little silk
knots for a couple dollars each. On the higher end, you’re going to find items in platinum
and gold that are going to be in the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, so a lot open
leeway there. To get back to the question, when to wear
French cuff shirts, again, whenever you want, whenever you want to introduce a bit of style
to your every day wardrobe. Okay guys, this has been Antonio Centeno with
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65 Replies to “When To Wear French Cuff Dress Shirts – Man’s Guide Wearing French Cuffs – French Cuffs Appropriate”

  1. I guess the question demanding some more helpful answers would be "with what are French cuffs appropriate?" I would assume suits and sport jackets are a given, but what about times when the shirt is all you're wearing? Is a tie in any way a requirement for French cuffs?

  2. The real question is, Antonio, where did you get that sweet pull-over? Is that another one-of-a-kind custom? Looks good!

  3. I believe he's referring to black tie and white tie occasions which are fairly formal, white being the most formal. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

  4. Yes, you can wear them when you are only wearing a shirt – guess I should have been more clear. A tie is not a requirement – the only restriction is function (such as wearing it with a full sweater or in an environment where you might want to roll your sleeves – then no.

  5. I love my french cuff shirts, me and few other colleagues at work wear them. They add a bit of flair to the everyday wardrobe. Only caveat I've experienced is that If you do a lot of drawing/handwriting on a desk, sometimes the cuff gets in the way, but its not often.

  6. Yeah you are right ! i wear french cuffs all the time. i think one can express himself and experiment with the cuff links. and actually these cuff links can be dressed up and dressed down. ALSO A GREAT CONVERSATION STARTER ! 😉

  7. First of all, a man should wear a French Cuff shirt when making a video for French Cuff shirts. 🙂 I wear French Cuffs everyday. I own only one button cutf. As for swearters, roll the sweater back to accentuate the link. As for rolling up cuffs, if one must do this, undo one link and roll them up. And thank you for quoting me.

  8. Well thank you for the contribution to the site sir – and since it's Halloween here in the USA maybe I should wear a costume when I film today:)

  9. Formality all depends on context. Where I live, suit and tie is FORMAL, and black/white tie is costume. California's definition of a "formal evening wedding" still apparently includes the option for khakis and a short sleeve button-up shirt. "Casual weddings" will get some jeans-and-tshirt people. Personally I wear slacks and a dress shirt to a casual wedding, but I'm already a bit out of place dressing that nicely.

  10. I agree. I forgot to differentiate traditional vs modern in before I hit "Post".
    I also agree that 21st century style is sad. I once got asked what I was dressed up for when I was in a t-shirt and well-fitting dark blue jeans =

  11. I disagree with the idea that French cuffs aren't good for rolling up… I only own one French cuffed shirt, but because of the way it's fashioned, a rolled up French cuff presents an extremely crisp and good-looking line.

  12. All my dress shirts are french cuff, and I have no problem with rolling the sleeves. In fact, they form a more defined "ring" of material near my elbow. Then again, the shirts I buy have cuffs that are the same depth as a barrel cuff.
    I also use Antonio's style of a suit or sportcoat w/french cuff shirt, but no tie, first button undone. If the shirt has enough starch (and good collar stays), the collar will stay standing without sliding under the jacket. Professional, but not too formal.

  13. Hi I just have a quick question, can you wear a French cuff shirt without or without cuff links with a sweater? I just want hear what someone else thinks about this maybe before I try or dont try this…
    Thanks- Kale

  14. I have worn French Cuffs since 6th grade (believe it or not!). Van Heusen back then produced a high quality boys dress shirt and when I was in school, it was required that you wear slacks as well as a dress shirt. Ties (in my case-bows) were optional but you could wear them. The French Cuff has remained my choice of cuff for a long time. When I could not them in colors, I went with tux shirts so dressing well always came together nicely. French Cuffs and bow ties? Killer look!

  15. You might then need to get a shirt made for you then (Bespoke), Nordstorm I think starts at 99$, but maybe a good shirt maker near by you, or in your area can also do one for you.

  16. "I have many clients who all of the dress shirts I make them are french cuffs. So they're basically wearing them every day".

    Eh no. It only means that they wear cuff-links any time they wear a shirt that you made for them.
    Maybe they go out wearing a T-shirt.

  17. When is it suitable to wear French Cuffs? What are the rules on wearing French Cuff dress shirts?

    Watch this video to learn more:

    http://youtu.be/2Mq3FqRLYMw

    #FrenchCuffs #menswear

  18. I only wear French cuff, except if the situation is very informal and I know I'll be rolling up my sleeves. Like tonight, I wore barrel cuff, as I was working with my hands for most of the day.

  19. Another thing to consider: French cuff is actually the most versatile; you can wear it in either traditional kissing-cuff or barrel-cuff. Either looks great and, the best part, no need to have separate French and barrel cuffed shirts.

  20. great answer..except it's wrong, I believe..In business circles ,they have a certain protocol and it should be followed so as not to look,  wrong, silly,etc.. just my thought,,.as i'm old and retired.I go with what you say..  best wishes  Bill

  21. I completely agree with your point of wearing the French cuff "whenever you want".
    It's an expression of a gentleman's personality and unique style of himself.
    Another excellent video! 🙂

  22. Hey Antonio!
    I just wanted to ask you a question pertaining specifically about french cuff dress shirts. Would it be acceptable to wear a french cuff dress shirt with suspenders? And speaking of suspenders, could you wear suspenders with a french cuff shirt?
    +Real Men Real Style

  23. Just my opinion, most of my shirts are french cuff, I wear a suit every day, and leave my sleeve below my jacket, just long enough to show my cuff-links, i wouldn't feel completely dressed with out, I also always wear a pocket square, and a pocket watch.lots of room to experiment with my look.I'm 65. and get many comments about my appearance, for me, that's what its all about………………Richard.

  24. Anthonio…I love the French cuff style but is so hard to find some nice shirts but the Donald Trump collection.
    any suggestion about where to buy some with more styles where I don't look like him? lol!

  25. Gentleman hack go to tailor tell him to make you attachable French cuffs ask to be a little thick to feel and look high quality

  26. Hi sir, i wonder about Brioni dress shirt, they are very expensive, are those shirt good? because i take a look and it's very simple look

  27. I get it. Nice explanation and reasoning. My question is why aren’t you wearing one in this video. You should have shot this clip with a French cuff shirt on – that way you can demonstrate how a French cuff shirt is worn with cuff links and sort of things. My other question is that some of my shirts’ French cuffs are a bit loose. Is that something normal? They look a bit odd when I wear them under a suit jacket.

  28. 90 PERCENT OF MY SHIRTS HAVE FRENCH CUFFS. I FIND THEM ELEGANT AND UNIQUE. YOU ALWAYS LOOK SHARP AND A BIT DIFFERENT THAN EVERY OTHER GUY.

  29. Yes, I agreed with your point, '' we can wear whenever we want '', it's a gentleman's personality. Thanks for this proper guidance about French cuff. Your all videos are very helpful for all of us.

  30. I wear a silver pair of cufflinks. I only wear them when it's a formal event. Not casual. Great video thanks God bless.

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