Barrel vs French, One vs Two Button…by the time you get to this decision in the design process your head my be spinning with fancy fashion terms and begging for someone to just make the call. And yet cuffs are an important part of making your I DEUX perfect so let’s have a quick lesson!
Barrel Cuff vs French Cuff
The biggest difference between these two cuff styles is that you need cuff links or cuff knots to close French Cuffs, whereas Barrel Cuffs have simple button closures. French Cuffs are the more formal option and often chosen for weddings or other events that require a tuxedo. Barrel Cuffs on the other hand are more common and popular among both casual and formal shirts for their ease of not requiring any rolling or cufflinks.
Rounded vs Straight French Cuffs
We have two options when it comes to your choice of French Cuffs: rounded or straight. Rounded French Cuffs are most common and subtle, whereas Straight French Cuffs tend to have a cleaner look featuring a sharp right angle corner.
Mitered Cuff vs Straight Cuff
Mitered or Angle Cuffs are generally considered more elegant and formal and a great choice for showing off your watch. Straight Cuffs, while not as common as the traditional Barrel Cuff design, can be great on a casual shirt and are easiest to roll up.
One Button vs Two Buttons
If going with a Straight, Mitered or Barrel Cuff, you will need to decide one button or two buttons. One Button Cuffs are a little more subtle and shorter in length than their two button counterparts. Those who want a slightly more formal look should consider the longer, Two Button Cuffs—also recommended for taller gentlemen.