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A Guide to Men's Dress Shirt Cuffs

A Guide to Men's Dress Shirt Cuffs
Illustration of a dress shirt cuff

Dress shirt cuffs remind us of what makes menswear so unique. It's all in the details. Most dress shirt cuffs are pretty classic: a barrel cuff with a squared edge and two buttons, which helps determine the snugness you want around your wrist. Otherwise, a dress shirt cuff is usually defined by the shape of the cuff enclosure.


At Hugh & Crye, we use a variety of cuff styles from a subtle, rounded edge to a barrel cuff, to a more unique two-button, scalloped variety. That said, our most popular cuff style is the Convertible Cuff.

A Guide to Men's Dress Shirt Cuffs
Convertible Cuffs
Convertible Cuff

Our standard shirt cuff is a traditional barrel cuff (rectangular piece of fabric with square corners that's closed with a button). However, we put a second button-hole on the other side of the cuff that is unseen when worn normally buttoned, but can be opened up and worn with cufflinks. This makes the shirt much more versatile.

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Rounded Cuffs
Rounded Cuff

Our rounded cuff is simply a barrel cuff but we've sanded the sharp corners off. Rounded cuffs give off a slightly more casual and relaxed feel so we generally pair them with our button-down collars and, appropriately, our rounded collars. The smooth line makes this a versatile cuff that works well with a variety of jackets and blazers.

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Mitered Cuffs
Mitered Cuff

The mitered cuff is a barrel cuff that has had the corners “mitered" or cut at an angle. It's an interesting detail that creates a sharp look fitting for more professional or formal occasions. Like our standard convertible cuff, our mitered cuff features the extra button hole, allowing it to be worn with or without links.

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French Cuffs
French Cuff

Our most formal cuff, the French cuff is twice as long as regular cuffs and is folded back on itself and closed with cuff links. French cuffs have a very pronounced look and we usually pair them with our more debonair collar styles or formal shirts.

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Barrel Cuffs
Barrel Cuff

A traditional Barrel cuff is a less formal option than a French Cuff that still conveys a subtle sophistication. Traditionally fastened by a single button closure, all of our Barrel cuffs actually come with two buttons, which allow you to control the snugness of the wrist.

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