Five main types of cuffs can be found in women's fashion. Cuffs can add dimension and decoration to an outfit and be used in everything from casual wear to formal wear. While some cuffs are standard for work attire, others are more appropriate in a formal setting. It's important to differentiate between cuff types and which cuffs can dress up or dress down an outfit.
A placket cuff is the simplest type of cuff found on women's shirts. On a placket cuff, there are no buttons and the cuff is stitched closed completely, drawing little attention to the cuff itself. Shirts with placket cuffs are usually casual or work types of shirts.
A button cuff is also mostly used in casual or work attire and contains either a single or multiple buttons or snaps. Usually these are buttons or snaps that are parallel to the cuff's hem.
A barrel cuff is simply a cuff that has multiple buttons. These buttons are placed perpendicular to the hem on the cuff. Barrel cuffs are commonly found on women's work shirts.
The French cuff is one of the most well-known types of cuffs, used on both men's and women's clothes. It is the standard style of cuff for dress shirts and formal attire in which the cuff is folded back. It also includes cuff link holes in which cuff links are placed to keep the fold intact. French cuffs are often worn underneath suits and usually stick out at the arm's end to show off the cuff links. French cuffs are also referred to as double cuffs or musketeers cuffs.
A link cuff can often be found in women's formal shirts. While similar to the French cuff, the link cuff has subtle differences. The link cuff has the same stitching as a French cuff, but instead of being folded over, with the ability to open and close the cuff, the link cuff is actually hemmed closed along the sleeve's edge.
Cuff links are decorative jewellery often worn with French cuffs and sometimes link cuffs. They usually consist of two pieces that pass through button holes on cuffs. These pieces are sometimes attached by a chain or bar. While men use this accessory more often than women, cuff links can be found in female dress or formal attire. The first known cuff link dates back to the late 1800s.