Cufflink Shirts: Convertible Cuff Dress Shirts vs. French Cuff Dress Shirts For Men

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Today’s post is about cufflink shirts, in response to this reader’s question:

I’ve been hearing a lot of guys talk about convertible cuff shirts lately.  What are they? When should I wear them?  And where can I find them?


Convertible Cuff vs French Cuff Shirts

The convertible cuff with cuff links is like a button down collar with French cuffs. It’s an oxymoron.

When I think of convertible cuffs, I think of a tuxedo rental for prom.

My son recently rented a tuxedo for his junior/senior prom and there it was in all its splendor — a white convertible cuff dress shirt.

Needless to say, I refused to let him wear it and bought him a French cuff shirt instead.

The French cuff is twice as long as regular cuffs and is folded back on itself and closed with cuff links. French cuffs have a very pronounced look and we usually pair them with our more debonair collar styles or formal shirts. Source

There is nothing formal about a convertible cuff shirt.

Cuff links formalize a shirt and, therefore, demand French cuffs. They should only be worn in a formal manner — meaning with a tuxedo, dinner jacket, or suit.

I do, however, see them as a trendy fashionable twist to wear with sport coats, especially when worn without a tie.


Where To Find Convertible Cuff Shirts

The convertible cuff shirt can be custom made, but can also be found in ready-made here:


And Now, Just For Fun…

Listen to Bud Light’s Real Men of Genius ”Mr. Tuxedo Shop Tux Renter”:

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Steve Walczak

I've been in the men's clothing business since 1991. My specialty is custom-tailored suits and shirts, as well as men's accessories.

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