What is a mitered cuff?
The mitered cuff is one style that isn’t terribly self-explanatory, unless you work in a field like woodworking that involves a lot of mitered joints, as that’s where the name is derived from. In our men’s style context, it is a particular style of finishing on a dress shirt cuff. Let’s get into it a bit more.
When it comes to barrel cuffs, you have a few options to choose from. Beyond the number of the buttons, the most visible customization is going to be the finishing and cut. And while these options won’t drastically change the formality or wearability of your shirt, the mitered cuff is the one choice that does come with a bit of added dressiness.
Mitered joints are a method of connecting two perpendicular pieces by cutting a 45-degree angle in each and joining them together. The most commonly found occurrence probably being the corners of a picture frame, or the moulding around your door and window frames.
On a shirt, the term ‘mitered’ refers to a notch cut from the corner of each side of a shirt cuff above the button closure. Like mitered joints, the notch is cut at a 45-degree angle, usually about a centimeter or two away from the corner of the cuff. These days, many shirt makers cut to the chase by referring to the style as simply an angled cuff, which works just as well.
As mentioned, the mitered cuff is considered the dressiest form of the barrel cuff, due to the structure and clean lines that a mitered finishing lends. That said, it by no means brings a casual shirt into formal territory, and you won’t be breaking any rules rocking a mitered cuff OCBD in a casual outfit, like Brian wears here.
However, you may be more likely to find a mitered cuff on a slightly dressier styles, like a poplin or broadcloth, than you will on a more rugged piece of clothing like a chambray or denim shirt. When it really comes down to it, it’s a personal choice, and likely one that won’t even be a dealbreaker for most gents. But if you like it, look for it – they aren’t that hard to find!
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