Tuesday, January 31, 2012

[Lookbook 01.31.2012] French cuffs for the non-French

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New Year's seemed not too long ago yet here we are, down with the first month of the year already. And I'm in a rather formal mood for a sendoff to January. It's the french cuffs. I don't see a lot of shirts with such cuffs, at least among those that I can easily afford (Thankfully, I found this Rajo Laurel for Wharton piece!). It can get really frustrating because almost everything has buttons.

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It could be just me but there's always that dignified feel with french cuffs. I think it's because it leaves a man room for one more set of jewelry or accessories -- cufflinks. Common, men don't really have that liberty of accessorizing as women do when it comes to most classic menswear. If you're in a suit and tie combo, what can you wear? Probably a watch, a bracelet, a ring and a tie bar (and a collar pin if your collar permits). A necklace will, of course, be out of the equation. But wearing a shirt with french cuffs lets you enjoy just one more.

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Here I opted for cufflinks covered in some patterned red-blue-and-black fabric (don't have a close-up shot, though). Goes well with my burgundy bow tie. I preferred it over something in blue (at least today) because my shirt already had lots of blue. Then pinstripes and brown leather to cap off the look.

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I wish brands would make more of these shirts.

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Shirt with french cuffs and undersized collar (Rajo Laurel for Wharton, SM Department Store); pinstripe pants (Topman); bow tie (Tieline/Merger); cufflinks (Mundo, The Ramp); watch and belt (SM Dept. Store); shoes (Aldo).

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