Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Janine Giorgenti


10 Ways to Make French Cuffs Work For You

French Cuffs. Royal look. Modern flair.

By Janine Giorgenti

Once privy only to the Royals, French cuff shirts exude an aura of aristocracy; adding flair and sophistication to your outfits.

French cuffs are almost always worn with a tuxedo shirt for various types of formal events. To be trendy, some men and women wear French cuff dress shirts with jeans or causal clothes, but they are typically worn with a dressy sport coat, suit or tuxedo. Men and women also enjoy French cuffs because they can express their taste through their choice of cuff links.

Here are some tips that will make French cuffs work for you:

1 – French cuffs demand a certain formality. Remember to play dress-up and wear them with your favorite sport coat or suit.

2 – French cuff shirts will make you look and feel like an aristocrat. Buy unique, novelty or expensive-looking cufflinks to complete the look. Make sure they are not cheap-looking, oversized or too small.

3 – Never, ever wear your French cuff shirts without cufflinks! Also, make sure your cuffs are not stained, dirty, wrinkled or puckered.

4 – Experiment with color. Men tend to stick with classic white dress shirts. French cuff shirts in solid colors, plaids, checks and stripes each lend a different look and feel. You will receive compliments on your unique style and flair.

5 – Shirts with a white collar and French cuffs look wonderful, especially with brighter or darker solid colors. Another great look is a check, plaid or stripe that is contrasted with white, like a red and white stripe or a blue and white check. The white cuff contrasts with the shirt and then you can contrast the cuff by choosing a cufflink that is the color of the stripe or plaid.

6 – Instead of the classic white tuxedo shirt with French cuffs, try an Oscars special by wearing a black tuxedo shirt.

7 – There are different cufflink designs available to dress up your French cuff shirt. Here, you can express your personality and show off your good taste and your personal sense of style.

8 – Match the shape of your collar to the shape of your French cuff. For instance, if you choose a round cornered French cuff, complement it with a round collar.

9 – French cuffs are dressy and look best when worn with a dressy collar like a wide spread collar or a tab collar.

10 – Remember, the image you are projecting is one of sophistication. No one will admire your great taste if your shirt is ill-fitting. If you have a hard time finding a French cuff shirt that fits you off-the-rack, or if you are bored with the limited store shirt selection, have your shirts custom made. Custom made shirts are flattering, fit well, feel comfortable, and you can have any style of your choice. Another benefit of custom is that the cuffs will not be too tight or dangling because they are too loose, looking sloppy.

You want the perfect fit!

Not sure which French cuff shirt is right for you?

Book your fitting with Janine Giorgenti at Giorgenti’s Garden City location!

Call (516) 200-4088 (office) (646) 957-6916 (cell).

The Garden City showroom is located at:

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Suite 255
Garden City, NY 11530

About the Author

Janine Giorgenti

For over 25 years, Janine Giorgenti, renowned fashion designer and image consultant – has provided a long line of satisfied clients with unparalleled service and first class made-to-measure custom suits. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and other top media outlets – Janine has established a clientele of some of New York’s most successful and discerning professionals – including such New York dignitaries as former New York Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom and chief economist Dr. Irwin Kellner.

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10 Ways to Make French Cuffs Work For You

by Janine Giorgenti