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  • How should a dress shirt cuff fit?

    My go to dress shirt brand has two buttons on the cuffs, and the looser one is buttoned off the rack, and that is how I've always wore it without giving it too much thought.

    However, I've been experimenting the tighter button, and it makes me wonder what is an ideal fit for a dress shirt cuff.

    With looser button,
    - I can slide in four fingers with relative comfort while my wrist is in
    - Cuff slides over watch with arm down
    - Taking my hand in and out of cuff is easy
    - With arm down and middle finger bent inwards to touch the palm, the tip of my middle finger does touch the cuff

    With tighter button,
    - I can slide in three fingers somewhat snugly
    - Cuff does not slide over watch with arm down
    - Taking my hand in and out of cuff is a bit tough, but doable
    - With arm down and middle finger bent inwards to touch the palm, the tip of my middle finger does not touch the cuff

    Which do you think is a better fit?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    I'd go with the looser button. Your cuff should slide over a thin dress watch with relative ease. I like my shirt cuffs to hit past my wrist bone and where my hand begins.
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    • #3
      A lot of times I use the 2nd button on nonwatch side and 1st button on watch side.
      I can't find the stationary. -- James Bond

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
        A lot of times I use the 2nd button on nonwatch side and 1st button on watch side.
        this.

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        • #5
          I think the tighter cuff with inner button looks better without a watch. But because I always wear a watch, I always use the looser cuff with the outer button. Even with a watch as small and thin as a 38mm Hamilton Intramatic, I require the looser cuff with outer button to slide over the watch with significant force. With the looser cuff, it just requires a light tug if it doesn't naturally fall over the watch on its own.

          Why do you care about ease of taking hand in and out of cuff? I do not button my cuffs until I put my shirt on, and I unbutton them when I remove my shirt. Keeps me from ripping the buttons off.

          Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
          A lot of times I use the 2nd button on nonwatch side and 1st button on watch side.
          I hate the lack of symmetry. It feels very awkward, and it looks bad. Admittedly, most people would not notice this, but I notice it on other people and cannot feel comfortable doing it myself.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Paddington View Post

            I hate the lack of symmetry.
            Me, too. All my shirts got only one cuff button. It will accommodate a thin watch. Most of the time I have to pull down the cuff to cover the watch. So I think my shirt is closer to your second description.

            All my shirts are MTM. I started with two button cuffs. Then I told my tailor to just place only one button in between inner and outer buttons.

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            • #7
              It sounds like your sleeves might be too long. My sleeves stop at the end of my wrist and my middle finger has no chance of touching my shirt sleeve. As for tightness, I usually do the looser button for watch reasons.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
                A lot of times I use the 2nd button on nonwatch side and 1st button on watch side.
                yep. i agree.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paddington View Post

                  I hate the lack of symmetry. It feels very awkward, and it looks bad. Admittedly, most people would not notice this, but I notice it on other people and cannot feel comfortable doing it myself.
                  That's an easy fix, just take off the unused button so you are left with only the one that you fasten on each cuff. Personally I would prefer not to have the cuff getting stuck at my watch all the time as thats uncomfortable and the bunching is messy. There's an inherent lack of symmetry anyway if you wear a watch, but to each his own.

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                  • #10
                    It's not the button, it's the one cuff being noticeably smaller than the other, especially when contrasted with the opening of the jacket sleeve.

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                    • #11
                      I'm convinced the big watch trend is driven 95% by the casualization of the American male wardrobe. Back when everyone wore shirtsleeves all the time, a slim watch was a necessity. Now that the majority of men can - and do - wear t-shirts all the time, there is no longer any practical constraint on the size of watches. Making small things smaller is hard; making them bigger is easy.

                      And then the small majority of us who do dress more formally/traditionally end up with goofy problems like this....
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mochi123 View Post
                        With looser button,
                        [...]
                        - With arm down and middle finger bent inwards to touch the palm, the tip of my middle finger does touch the cuff

                        With tighter button,
                        [...]
                        - With arm down and middle finger bent inwards to touch the palm, the tip of my middle finger does not touch the cuff
                        Keep in mind that, worn with the same sport coat, the "looser" cuff will show more. So make sure to make up your mind early than later and get consistent cuffs from then on.

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