How to cuff a double-cuff dress shirt

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How to cuff a double-cuff dress shirt
You need cufflinks for a double cuff shirt. (belginesen/iStock/Getty Images)

Double-cuff dress shirts, more commonly referred to as French cuff dress shirts, provide an air of old world tradition and a touch of class. Cuffing a double-cuff dress shirt may seem complicated and ultra-dressy at first, but the key to folding or cuffing a French cuff or double-cuff dress shirt is in the cufflinks. French cuffs are buttonless and require cufflinks for closure. This buttonless state is what sets double-cuff dress shirts apart from other dress shirts.

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Things you need

  • Ironed, starched double-cuff dress shirt
  • Pair of cufflinks
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Spray starch

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    Put on your shirt as you would any dress shirt, buttoning the front of the dress shirt and tucking the shirt tail into your trousers. Extend one arm in front of you and with the non-extended hand gently tug the unfolded cuff out over your hand. The unfolded double-cuff will obscure most of your hand.

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    Fold the cuff back toward you so that the cuff hem is on top of the stitching, attaching the cuff to the dress shirt sleeve. Align the hem with the stitch-line to ensure you are folding the cuff in half. Use your fingers to pinch the fabric fold, creating a sharp crease where the double-cuff has folded over. You might want to hold the fold with your fingers, slip out of the dress shirt, and iron the fold on the ironing board with the iron to set the crease. Applying spray starch to the fold while ironing it will give you a crisp crease. Slip the shirt back on when you've ironed both cuffs (if desired).

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    Place the top two fabric layers of the folded cuff flat on top of the bottom two layers of folded cuff.

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    Insert one side of the cufflink into the top cufflink hole, pushing it through all four layers of cuff fabric and out the hole on the other side, or bottom, of the cuff. These holes look like buttonholes, but the shirt cuff has no buttons. A cufflink traditionally has one large, decorative portion and a rod or chain that feeds through the buttonholes. Joined to the other end of the bar or chain is another folding bar or sometimes a knob, or removable "cap." Repeat for the other double-fold cuff on your other arm.

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