How to Wear a Double Cuff

by Wilhelm Schnotz

Double cuffed shirts require cufflinks.

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While most men are intimately familiar with buttoning their cuffs closed on a standard-issue dress shirt, double cuffs, also known as French cuffs, offer an alternative to traditional dress shirt cuffs. Tailored longer than traditional cuffs, double cuffs are cut to be worn doubled back upon themselves, and secured with a pair of cufflinks rather than with a button. Usually worn for formal occasions, double cuff shirts are becoming increasingly more popular in workplace settings and casual nightlife. Regardless of your views of the formality necessary to sport a double cuff, you’ll need to know how to wear them to avoid looking like a slob when you leave the house.

Step 1

Put on the shirt as normal, buttoning it up the front and placing it comfortably on your shoulders. The double cuff causes the shirt’s arms to extend past your wrists and over your hands.

Step 2

Fold each cuff backward upon itself, so it is cuffed at a comfortable length, with the edge of the cuff exposed on the outside. The crease in the fold should rest where traditional cuffs usually do, on your wrist.

Step 3

Line up the buttonholes on the lower portion of the cuff with those closer to your wrist. Many double-cuff shirts provide two sets of interior buttonholes, to allow for small adjustments in the cuff’s length.

Step 4

Fold the cuff so the insides of the sleeve touch. This type of fold leaves exposed edges on the outer portion of your wrist, rather than a smooth, continuous cuff, as used with traditional cuffs.

Step 5

Thread a cufflink through the outside of the cuff to the interior, and affix the jewelry using its fastening mechanism.


  • Some men choose to wear a double cuff without cufflinks, allowing them to hang open, and relying upon their jacket to keep their cuffs contained. This more casual approach prevents them from removing their jacket. Style pundits are divided on this approach to a French cuff, with some citing it as sloppy and others as stylish.

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About the Author

Wilhelm Schnotz has worked as a freelance writer since 1998, covering arts and entertainment, culture and financial stories for a variety of consumer publications. His work has appeared in dozens of print titles, including "TV Guide" and "The Dallas Observer." Schnotz holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Colorado State University.