There’s nothing quite like having something made specially for you and to your exact specifications. When it comes to fashion, it’s extra special to put something on that you know was made just for you. Not only are you confident in wearing it, knowing that it fits you perfectly, but it’s also to your own taste, ensuring that you are more than just satisfied with its design.
However, among the benefits of having something custom-made are all the choices, which can sometimes also be a slight disadvantage. So many choices, so little time. When presented with endless options, things can at times become a little confusing and overwhelming. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t occur when it comes to your custom dress shirt. It’s fashion, not rocket science. It’s also something that you should enjoy and not a process for you to stress over.
We all know that when it comes to menswear, especially tailoring, it’s all about the details. We’re breaking down all the different choices you have, to make things simple and ensure you enjoy the experience and are not daunted by it.
Shirt Cuff - Those few inches can make a big difference
There are a number of different design factors to consider when having a custom dress shirt made. Let’s start with the shirt cuff. Those few inches of design can make a big difference to the overall look of your shirt. We also know the huge difference that one centimeter of fabric can make when peeking out from under your suit’s sleeve.
The Barrel Cuffs
When it comes to cuff options, you can choose from either Barrel Cuffs of French Cuffs.
The Barrel Cuff is considered to be a more casual and practical option, therefore more commonly used. This cuff’s design features simple button closures that make them quite easy to wear on a daily basis. In general, barrel cuffs are appropriate to wear for almost any occasion. Within the barrel cuff family are a few styles with slightly varying details.
The Single Cuff with One Button style features a cuff opening with a straight, angular edge. The cuff is closed with a single button closure, that may be adjustable and feature two buttons side by side that appear horizontally aligned when worn. Just one button to close on each wrist and voila! You’re ready to go.
The Single Cuff with Two Buttons style is similar to its single cuff with one button sibling. It also has a cuff opening with a straight and angular edge. However, as you may have guessed from the name itself, it features a double button closure. The two buttons sit next to each other and are vertically aligned when the shirt is worn.
Another version is the Two-Button-Cut. This style is very similar to the Single Cuff with Two Buttons. It also features a double button closure but, in this case, the edge of the cuff opening has a slightly different style. Instead of a right, ninety-degree angled cuff, the opening edge of the cuff features a forty-five degree angle. Like we’ve said, when it comes to men’s tailoring, it’s all about the details – down to the slightest angle.
The Rounded One Button
The next option you have is the Rounded One Button. This style is pretty much as its name suggests. It includes a single button closure, that can be adjustable, giving you the option of how tight or loose you want your cuff to be, with two buttons placed next to each other. However, unlike the previous styles, the opening of this cuff style features a rounded edge.
French Cuff vs. Barrel Cuffs
In addition to the barrel cuffs, you also have the French cuff, which is considered to be a more formal option. The French Cuff is also more sartorial and very much appropriate for fancy occasions and black-tie affairs. The major difference with the French Cuff is that it does not come with any buttons at all. The Double Squared French Cuff simply comes with double button holes that require cuff links for closure. This cuff style also features a straight edge. The French Cuff is a great way to express your personal style, giving you the option to choose your cuff links. Whether you prefer simple cuff links, a personalized version with your initials, or perhaps even more fancy options made with various materials like mother of pearl, the choice is yours.
You can certainly make a fashion statement with what’s on your wrist – and we don’t just mean your watch.