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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    French cuffs are hott like toast in the Tropic of Cancer. Wear them, dude. Skip it if you're under 5'8" -- it'll break up your body line more than you can afford; if you're short, you want your arms to look as long as possible. But otherwise, yeah.

    You of all people should know, though, that they were developed by Napolean (or one of his cohorts?) so that his military men could wipe their runny noses in them and not have to bother with a handkerchief But I don't think many men do this anymore.
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    I'm pretty sure if I showed up to work in French cuffs I'd never hear the end of it from my co-workers. The only time I would ever wear them is if I went to a black-tie event.

    Standard button cuff, point collared dress shirts for me please.
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    I wear them often.

    Get some silk knot links too, they come in many colors to match anything and are inexpensive.
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Like PaintmeRed said, only with Black tie. Its the traditionally correct choice in that situation. You can't roll up your sleeves with French cuffs.

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    I've never had French cuffs and probably never will. Barrel cuffs only for me.

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Get some silk knot links too,
    I like these. I once had a salesperson tell me they weren't to be used- that the manufacturer just placed them in the shirt for decorative purposes. Right.

    Anyhoo- they are really in right now and they can indeed be worn in all situations, but I prefer them with dress clothes.

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    I did a little google search on french cuffs and found a website which posted opposing viewpoints on the subject. GQ was fine with them but Details gives a thumbs down.

    Here's what they said in a Q and A from GQ:

    http://men.style.com/gq/fashion/styleguy/shirts/434

    Q: Is it okay to wear a French-cuff shirt without wearing a tie? It seems like it would be cool, but since French cuffs seem very formal, I was worried there might be some sort of rule or something.

    A: Hasan-i-Sabbah said, “Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.” Aleister Crowley said, “Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law.” And I say if Brad Pitt and Joaquin Phoenix can wear French cuffs without a tie, so can you.

    And here's a piece of what they said in the other instance (I prefer the former advice, which is to simply wear what you want):

    Someday, when you have a silvery mane, an engorged 401(k), and a 25-year-old mistress on call, you’ll be free to wear French cuffs. You’ll even be entitled to wear them with diamond-encrusted, monogrammed cuff links and blow Cohiba smoke in the faces of the sycophants who work for you. Until then, unless your name is Lagerfeld, Wonka, or Prince Such-and-Such, you do not have license to wear French cuffs—under any circumstances.

    You can read the rest here=>

    http://men.style.com/details/feature...d=content_4124

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Clean shirt, new shoes
    And I don't know where I am goin' to
    Silk suit, black tie
    I don't need a reason why
    They come runnin' just as fast as they can
    'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man

    Gold watch, diamond ring
    I ain't missin' not a single thing
    Cufflinks, stick pin
    When I step out I'm gonna do you in
    They come runnin' just as fast as they can
    'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man

    Top coat, top hat
    'N' I don't worry 'cause my wallet's fat
    Black shades, white glove
    Lookin' sharp and lookin' for love
    They come runnin' just as fast as they can
    'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    I like these. I once had a salesperson tell me they weren't to be used- that the manufacturer just placed them in the shirt for decorative purposes. Right.

    Anyhoo- they are really in right now and they can indeed be worn in all situations, but I prefer them with dress clothes.
    Dom, we don't agree on much but it sounds like you are one snappy dresser.

    Any tips for looking better, sharper, more sophistomacated, without spending a ton of dough? I've got the money, I just can't spending it on clothes. My normal wardrobe is a sport coat and slacks with tie because I can't fathom spending $100 on a shirt because I know it will be destroyed quickly (I'm in industrial sales so spend a lot of time stomping around plant floors).

    Anyway, hope this isn't too far off subeject.
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Count me among the uninformed who don't know what french cuffs are. I could probably tell the difference between french cuffs and a pineapple, but as for any clearer distinction I'm lost. I'm sure my wife knows though, and either wishes I'd wear them or is glad I don't (your guess is as good as mine).
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    My normal wardrobe is a sport coat and slacks with tie because I can't fathom spending $100 on a shirt because I know it will be destroyed quickly (I'm in industrial sales so spend a lot of time stomping around plant floors).
    Nothing wrong with a sports coat and slacks and tie. I do that sometimes, too. Especially in your job, it sounds like you are doing the right thing.

    For me, I would take a value approach. You want nice clothes that you didn't spend a lot of money on, so if something happens to them you aren't out a bunch of money.

    I try and not spend too much money on the dress shirts. You can go to Ross or Marshalls and get name brands for $12.99. What I've been doing lately is going to Dillard's and buying their exclusive brand, Daniel Cremieux, on sale. They go for $69.50 retail, but they have 50%-75% sales close to everyday. They are high quality, they hold up under dry cleaning or laundering, and they look great. You can feel it in the material how heavyweight they are. And this way, if they get dirty, you aren't out anything. On average, I pay close to $20 a shirt for some really nice stuff.

    Also- you can go to ebay and type in a designer name and your size and you'd be surprised at what comes up. Hugo Boss, Zegna, Armani can all be had very reasonably. Just don't pay full retail for any of these. Zegna shirts can be $300, and while I own several of these (I never paid more than $50) I'm not sure they are worth it. Even if they last forever, the style doesn't, and after a year or so, you get tired of wearing it, no matter how nice it is.

    With suits, I check out overstock.com. I've gotten Zegna, Armani, Versace, Hugo Boss on that site for a fraction of what you'd pay full retail. Still, 50% off of something really expensive usually still ends up pretty expensive. Mostly they have other brands on there pretty cheap (sometimes $150 a suit) and I find the quality is pretty good. Stay away from the double breasted suits- they go in and out of style and they can make you look heavy.

    If you are set on wearing the jacket/slacks thing, I would check out the jackets on overstock.com as well as ebay. I usually just type in the brand I'm looking for and my size, and you'd be surprised at what people will sell for pretty cheap. I'd do the same for slacks. Your goal is to find designer clothing cheap. And get it new with tags if you can. And if the seller doesn't show a photo of the tag, I'd stay away. It's hard to fake designer clothing when the buyer knows what the real stuff looks like. Take a trip to Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom's to get a handle on what authentic stuff looks like (not to buy unless you love throwing money away- I saw a Brioni shirt at NM on sale for $300 the other day).

    The same can be said for shoes. Bruno Magli, Ferragamo, Coach, Boss. They are all there on ebay. Nexttag.com is also good for finding sales on designer shoes and other things, too.

    Which brings me to the tie. To me, you can make an average outfit look terrific with the right combo. I like the heavy silk, hand tailored ones. Again, Dillard's Cremieux brand is terrific- they run $69.50 but you can get them on sale. I've stated here before that I love Ermenegildo Zegna's (pronounced Zen-ya) ties. They retail for about $140, but you can get them for half of that if you shop around. Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and Michael Kors also make good ones. They are all hand tailored and you can just tell the difference when you hold them in your hands compared to the thin flimsy ones. I know you can get them for $7 at Ross, but the tie isn't something I like to skimp on. Trust me on this. Next time you are at a department store, compare their really expensive ones to the cheaper ones. It's a world of difference.

    And if you wear a sharp tie under your jacket, it isn't going to get dirty on your job site.

    I hope I didn't talk in circles there. I'm readying the house for a Super Bowl party and typing this in between rooms.
    Last edited by Dom Heffner; 02-03-2007 at 10:16 AM.

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    French cuffs
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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Please tell me NONE of you use these...

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Quote Originally Posted by creek14 View Post
    Please tell me NONE of you use these...

    when i was like 5 or 6 years old, i had a couple of those

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    Re: do you wear french cuffs?

    Count me among the uninformed who don't know what french cuffs are.
    I like them but you aren't missing out on much. It's basically a tie clip for the end of your shirt sleeves. Instead of buttons, you get a little clip that fastens your sleeves together. They look nice, but it is a little weird when you lay your hand down on a table and you hear a clank when the cufflinks hit.


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