A good suit on a man is to woman what a lady in lingerie is to a man, or so the saying goes. A good suit has a high quality fabric and fits well, accentuating the ideal male physique - almost like it was made exactly with the wearer's specification in mind. That is just the thing: a good suit IS made with the wearers specifications in mind. Unfortunately, one cannot get this with a cheap off the rack suit, no matter what kind of alterations one has performed on it. You may come close, but alterations on an off the rack suit cannot properly imitate a custom made to measure suit.
Fortunately, a custom made to measure suit by a reputable tailor is not beyond the means of most fashion-conscious professionals, and possessing such a suit puts you in the upper echelons of the suit-wearing fashion-oriented man. However, if one wants to take things a step further within the made to measure club, one needs to be aware of the various ‘tells’ in the industry. These little sartorial details are available upon request for a made to measure suit and they not only display a certain sartorial knowledge to those well-educated figures within the fashion industry, but they also bespeak of a sophisticated mastery of the intricacies of men’s dress. A full made to measure guide will follow in the following week, but one such sartorial ‘tell’ is surgeon’s cuffs. Surgeon’s cuffs is simply the name for functional buttons on the sleeve on one’s suit.
For a standard off the rack suit, one would find buttons which are sewn on non-functional, imitation button holes. On a made to measure suit one can request surgeon’s cuffs, or functional button holes on the cuff. Those with a true understanding of a made to measure suit know to get surgeon’s cuffs, and they further know that when wearing such a properly constructed made to measure suit, undoing the final button is warranted so as to display the care taken in the construction of the made to measure suit. This displays not only that your suit was custom made to measure, but also that the wearer has a high degree of sartorial understanding of men’s dress. In fact, if one looks closely, at the one minute and 12 second mark of the 007 Skyfall film, one can see that 007 himself displays this sartorial mastery by having his last cuff button undone, displaying to the world his suit was made to measure. Here is a photo of a made to measure tuxedo I have, with the final button clearly undone, displaying this certain sartorial understanding.
However, for the discerning man, although this is suitable to place one among the most upper echelons spoken of earlier, it is possible to take things further and draw more attention to one’s sartorial command. How can one display surgeon’s cuffs while also showing a little more fashion sense? There are two ways: a more conservative way, and a more fashion-forward way. The former will be covered next week in the made to measure guide. Here we will concern ourselves with the latter. The fashion forward way of going beyond merely unbuttoning the final cuff button is not only to unbutton, but also to replace where that button would otherwise be if it were to be done up, with a cuff link. This is shown below with a conveniently button-shaped rose gold cuff link containing diamond dust in a fiber optic glass plating display.
Unfortunately, it is easy to position a cuff link in this button hole for a picture, but it is not so easy to get it to stay so perfectly placed throughout an evening. Often times the cuff link will flop around, requiring you to constantly put it back into place and simply looking unseemly for every second between it falling out of place and you fixing it (the very act of which is unseemly in and of itself. An example of the most egregious positioning a cuff link may adopt is seen in the image below
Luckily, one can avoid this unfortunate occurrence completely while still showing a flair for cuff links on one’s suit. For this we have only to thank the revolutionary innovative locking technology provided by Collaterals.
The Prometheus style cuff links provided by Collaterals are able to lock into place, tightly hugging the suit fabric and preventing the cuff link from flopping around as seen above with even the most bombastic of hand gestures. An example of this fashion-forward display is seen in the photo below.
This is a perfect way to wow guests and rise above the other suit-wearing men in your vicinity, but it must be done with care. The cuff link must go well with the suit fabric and various accessories being used. For example, the blue lapis lazuli Prometheus cuff link by Collaterals goes perfectly with the navy suit with the blue pinstripe seen in the above photo. One would also be cautioned against going overboard, by only using one pair of cuff links on the final button hole, rather than trying to pull off various cuff links on every single button hole which borders on the distasteful, as seen below
Lastly, one must take into account the event and dress code before wearing cuff links on one’s suit cuffs. Dress codes will be covered in a subsequent blog post as well, but by definition black tie is supposed to be minimalistic and displaying cuff links in this way is anything but. For a proper black tie event, it would be more than proper to undo the last button on the cuff, but staying true to the minimalist theme, one should avoid replacing the button with any jewellery. That is not to say one can never wear cuff links in this manner on a tuxedo, however. As long as there is not an event that specifically calls for minimalist attire, like, say, a fancy dinner out with a lady where one is required to dress classy but is not restricted by specific dress codes, then the onyx Prometheus cuff links by Collaterals are a fantastic way to wow your date.
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