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On The Different Kinds of Shirt Cuffs

When it comes to dress shirts, a simpler way to increase your style range is to buy shirts with different styles – from various collars to diverse fittings to interesting cuffs.  In fact, adding shirts with unique cuffs offer a visual enhancement that accentuates your physical appearance. We dive into the world of shirt cuffs in order to display just how diverse these small shirt additions can really get.

Barrel cuffs

When purchasing department store shirts, you’ll notice that cuffs are traditionally attached with buttons. Although these generally come with single buttons, two or three buttons can also be found with these types of men’s dress shirts. Honestly, it’s no mystery why businessmen today choose plain barrel cuffs as opposed to fancier ensembles: they’re simply easier to maintain and adjust to one’s liking.  You may frequently hear these cuffs referred to as button cuffs, too.

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French cuffs

Designed without buttons, these cuffs are kept together with fancy cuff links or even silky knots.  While some fashion bloggers agree that these cuffs should be phased out, these cuffs are still popular among young professionals. Traditionally, these are worn by more affluent men, although anyone looking for that classier style could definitely benefit by wearing these.  In terms of size, these cuffs are roughly twice as long as barrel cuffs.

Turnback cuffs

You may hear these occasionally called James Bond cuffs (for obvious reasons). Strikingly similar in appearance to French cuffs, these fold then button for an incredible suave look. Since it’s not entirely necessary to wear department store dress shirts with cuff links, many men seem to be unaware that expensive shirts made with turnback cuffs can be accompanied with cuff links for added pizazz, although the cuff will be buttoned after folding anyway.  For a live look at these cuffs in action, check out James Bond’s Dr. No and pay close attention to his attire and see how it’s all in the cuff.

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Single Cuffs

Often confused with barrel cuffs, the single cuff is traditionally worn in formal settings and lacks the massive length of French cuffs.  These are normally fastened with white or black cuff links, although silver or gold would also spice up the shirts equally well.  Visiting other countries, you may notice formal dining environments will feature men with these cuff styles.

Choosing the best cuff

Choosing which cuff should be worn for professional careers, formal dining and other occasions can be a daunting task with so many options available, but a few important factors can narrow the field.  First, take into account how long or short your arms are; although you’ll probably have your shirts tailored to fit your arms, it’s always good to avoid cuffs that may expose too much wrist or forearm.

Also, consider whether you’ll wear jackets with your shirts; this will help determine which style would show through your jacket sleeve or not.  Finally, always buy the shirt cuff before the cuff link and not the reverse since gold, white and black are rather neutral and can match nearly any cuff you desire.

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Tips on Maintaining Your Dress Shirts

Although a young man’s mother tries her best to train her son to be self-sufficient, not everything tends to stick. When it comes to taking care of dress shirts, most men neither have the capacity nor tools to properly care for their garments, which means they often throw their things away and buy brand-new.

If you would prefer to learn some timely tips to extend the life of your shirts, pay attention as we expose highly classified woman tactics often used to keep your shirts looking brand spanking new for decades.
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Follow tag instructions

Because men believe they’re equipped with ‘automatic knowledge’ of everything, the most obvious first tip would be to follow the designer’s garment care instructions clearly printed on the tag. Cotton, tweed and polyester will probably have different machine washing instructions which include proper water temperature and dryer settings.  Because some men’s dress shirts can get really expensive, it’s best to follow the tag’s instructions instead of throwing your expensive designer dress shirt in with socks and underwear on high heat or hot water.

No heat then hang up

Most dress shirts, after they’ve come out of the washer, can be dried on ‘No Heat’ setting then immediately hung up to maintain their current size. By allowing room temperature to dry your clothes, you will not only avoid attracting excessive lint but help keep your shirt from shrinking. Note that you could also use the permanent press setting if you cannot wait several hours for your shirt; just make sure you’re comfortable losing a few millimeters of size as exposing your shirt to even the slightest heat will cause this effect.

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Iron like a maiden

Your dress shirts will clearly outline what the fabric setting should be before you preheat your iron. You’ll usually want to make sure enough water is inside your iron because you may want to steam your collar to maintain a sharp, edgy look.  If you’re unsure what proper settings are, revert back to your iron’s manufacturing settings or quickly Google “how to iron a shirt” for best results. Never guess any fabric’s heat setting because you’ll either iron ineffectively or totally torch your expensive dress garment. As a last ditch effort, keep your mother, sister or girlfriend on speed dial.

Food for thought

Whether you’re on a low budget or can afford Armani shirts every week, you’ll eventually have to learn appropriate dress shirt care because, at some point, you’ll have no choice but to either learn proper clothing care, or risk going bankrupt buying new dress shirts too frequently. Don’t you have better things to spend your paycheck on every week?

Although we may seldom admit it, as men, we all want to look at our best. In previous years, many men may not have been as attentive to their appearance, but times have changed. Whereas in the past, male clothing care products on supermarket shelves may have included Woolite, stain fighters and that was about it; now you’ll find an array of different products to help you care for your dress shirts correctly. So use them, and be a manly man.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – How To Tuck A Men’s Shirt

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Tucking in a shirt may seem like it should be a simple prospect, but if you are struggling to do it right, then you are just one of many men who have discovered it is not the most intuitive process in the world.  You might have problems like the sides of your shirt coming out when you tuck, or crumpling in your pants.  Maybe you aren’t sure how much the shirt should “billow” above your waist, if at all.  What is the correct way to tuck in a shirt, and how can you make it as easy as possible?

Here is the short and simple answer.  Styles change with the times.  The billowing look was popular in the 80s, but currently the “default” professional way to tuck a men’s shirt is to leave no billowing at all, but tuck it in fully.  If the sides come out or the shirt crumples in your pants, it is probably because your shirt does not fit right.  A well tucked shirt starts with a tailored shirt that fits.  Slim fits can facilitate matters if you have too much “blousing” above the belt.  You will probably discover that once you buy a shirt which actually fits you, tucking it in properly and evenly is an effortless job.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – How To Master Prints

Utilizing prints is one of the best ways to add depth, intrigue, and a personal touch to your outfits. If you aren’t sure where to start, stripes and polka dots are the neutrals of the print world. Supremely easy to incorporate into any kind of ensemble—they go with almost everything, including other prints (you can never go wrong mixing polka dots with a floral! Or stripes with polka dots.). For those in need of inspiration, J Crew has some excellent examples of how to wear prints.

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And the winners are…

MrLuckins and Dan! Each get an oxford shirt courtesy of Onassis Clothing for their respective comments:
I’m a pretty tall guy so most stores don’t carry suits in my size, which isn’t a big deal since I can usually get them for a discount online and have them tailored to fit.
What IS a big deal is asking a sales associate if they carry suits in my size (you know, on a whim) and having them respond “Urgh, no we’ll never carry that size because it’s quite disproportionate and only YOU would buy it.” Ouch.

I hate salespeople who know less about fashion than I do, but try to present themselves as the end all, be all of fashion.

Thanks to everyone for playing and keeping reading to learn about the next cefashion contest!
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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Review of a Bogosse Shirt

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I’m always down to review promising new shirt lines (hint-hint), so I was excited to hear from the people at Bogosse that they wanted me to run one of their shirts through the review hoops. Let’s see how their ‘Matt’ Trim Fit Jacquard Sport Shirt faired.

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First off, love the very subtle black and blue dots. I’m so partial to the pattern primarily because it gives the shirt a distinct sheen in the right light. That being said, I found it a little tacky to include a mini-version of the brand’s logo on the button placket. It just looks out of place.

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Speaking of the buttons, I feel there’s a split personality at play in the decision-making. The buttons on the body, for example, are square, dark blue, and come in a regular amount – all very lovely qualities. But then there are the buttons on the cuffs, which are square as well but strangely silver-colored. There are also four to each cuff, which dips into excess if you ask me.

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Fortunately, the inner print features a fun, lively pattern and only resides in the collar and inside the cuff. No overplay there. So, I would say the good outweighs the questionable in this piece. Cheers to Bogosse!

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Review of Express 1MX Shirt

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Express isn’t exactly the first brand that comes to mind when considering high fashion streetwear. In attempt to steer that sort of mentality, ten years ago Express created the 1MX, which promised to be higher quality than their usual products. Let’s see how the line fairs now after a decade on the hangers.

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First thing I noticed about this black collared: it collects dust like whoa, as shown in the first pic. Of course, cotton (of which the shirt is 100%) is a practically a magnet for dust and being that this piece is black doesn’t help mask what collects. But regardless, a rolling brush clearly didn’t make more than a dent. In terms of the cut, I would say the sleeves are a little too short for a standard Small, but I was pleased by the shape and strength of the collar.

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I found myself was less than enthusiastic about the buttons. Since collared shirts allow for only so much variation in detail, buttons are one of the better parts to play around with. Unfortunately, here we find the regular, run-of-the-mill black plastic jobbies all over. Groan. Furthermore, I feel like this shirt could really benefit from a pocket, maybe something more inventive than the breast type that comes standard on so many shirts.

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In conclusion, this shirt is just…plain boring. A safe top to don with a nice graphic tee when you’re bar crawling I suppose, but nothing remarkable. Step it up, Express!

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