Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cuffs—Go Big or Go Home

Cuffs—Two inch ones. None of this inch and five-eighths business. I mean think about it…that extra eighth gets you over the inch and-a-half bar so you might as well peel it back and let the gnats at it.
And stop this nonsense about how cuff size should correlate with the wearer’s height. That’s as silly as saying that a shorter man shouldn’t wear a double breasted suit or blazer. Or that once you’ve been “color coded” you should never wear a white dress shirt again. Remember that craze in the 1980’s when the movement was afoot for testing everyone for their “season” and then you bought clothes accordingly? Don’t get me wrong, the Master Flusser does a great job of aligning apparel with tone, but every man requires a white dress shirt…I don’t care if it makes you look leukemic when you put it on. So cuff ‘em. Cuff ‘em big. Or not at all.
 Sleeve cuffs are about two inches. So cuff your trousers accordingly.
 Cuffed Jay Kos
Cuffed Cordings
Cuffed Bookster…with Sickert and MaĆ®tres de l’affiche
Cuffed Green Heather
And cuff your flat fronts with NO break. Shut up.
Cuffs with Flusser Fish Socks. The toddler LFG lived off of Goldfish Crackers for at least a year.
Two inchers...Cuffed Linen this morning. Because the Mid-Atlantic can't decide what season it wants to be amidst.
 Cuff ‘em. With aplomb and relish your resultant swagger.

Onward. Of course I’m compensating.
ADG, II

34 comments:

Young Fogey said...

Pink striped shirt with fuzzy-dice green jacket?

I told you you were a preppy pimp.

Jeremiah said...

Not only big cuffs but shorter trousers-almost no break. I have no idea how this came to me and I realize it's au courant Italian, but it just seems right. Your pink cords with the suede tassel loafers are perfection. And I must say the stone bead bracelet on your left hand---I have one similar, although it wraps twice around my right wrist. i found it on my bedroom floor one morn-- clearly some lovely lost it. I don't remember her sporting it--honestly, I don't remember her. More's the shame. Do love the bracelet, though.

~ami* said...

Agreed.
The Retrophile in me is a big fan of the deep cuff, for men and women. I'm thinking of Lauren Bacall in wide-leg trousers, deeply cuffed, with a silk blouse...

James said...

I agree that if you cuff it should be a "quarter catcher" not something that looks like you drew it in with an eyeliner pencil. At the proper length there is not many things that look dressier than cuffed trousers over shined wingtips.I'm not as sure about causal wear. But as usual "what ever gets you trough the night is alright, is alright"

Richard M said...

Was Sickert really Jack The Ripper?

Silk Regimental said...

The blue/wide windowpane... killer!

The cuffed green heather - with the pink stripe shirt - uber killer dude - I'm gonna copy that somehow.

As my son-in-law would say "crumb catchers"... you need to understand - he's young.

ADG said...

SilkRegmon...thanks as always. Copy away!

Richard M. ... I do not believe that Sickert was Jack the Ripper. Patricia Cornwell's books have always been tops on my "goof-off" airplane ready lists. And I say that with respect. However, I think she played waaaay fast and loose with her correlations and conclusions re Sickert's culpability. And I remember her stating during a speech things like ..."and when Sickert was not murdering and butchering he was...." And I concluded that if any Sickert heirs were alive, they'd be suing her ass for defamation.

James...at least a roll of quarters sized cuff. Indeed.

ami...I am so sorry about your dad. Just left a comment on your site. And "retrophile" ...brilliant. I'll be using it.

Jeremiah...thanks. Your comment is worth a post all it's own! Funny.

Fogey...yep. You got me!

~ami* said...

thank you. sincerely.
Retrophile is Boss. Enjoy it! :)

The Lost One said...

Sporting the rockabilly bucket cuffs, ADG? Next stop: engineer boots, brothel creepers, and drape coats.

Gretchen said...

Silly little cuffs are like training wheels for teenagers: the overarching question is why did they feel the need to do that? Go big or go home, indeed. LOVE the cuffed windowpane and didn't mention how much so when I'd seen an earlier post. If you can't dump out a day's worth of Cheetos and street dirt, your pants aint doin their job. And yours are! Disclosure. I admit I fell for the Father of My Kids because (at the time..not so much anymore) he wore the most fantastic cords with nice, deep cuffs and a great pair of shoes. Shallow? Yep, I'm guilty! That's probably why I troll this site so much for eye candy...among others not to be admitted in public...OY! But of course, I do it for the literary references. Like the healthcare book, one I missed, oddly enough, in between healthcare reform bill drafts. Oy yet again.

ADG said...

LostOne...yep. You got me. I'm on a slippery slope...we'll see how my drape cloaked ass ends up...with engineer boots.

GretchtheWretch...sorry, that's what we used to call the only Gretchen I've ever knowed. Cheetos and street dirt....eggzackly.

Main Line Sportsman said...

2 inch is too much for this Sport....but I am a huge fan of the greenish hued wool coat ...and still love the orientals on the patio...

Gretchen said...

hahahahaha--I was called that in HS too. Along with Spazz, but we don't answer to that anymore. ZSurely you know a few German Shepherds or dachshunds called Gretch, no? Point to keep in mind. You start wearin engineer boots and we'll call the Blogging Police to Shut.You.Down.

~ami* said...

A man in engineer boots? I swoon...

NCJack said...

My cuffs are anemic, and I'm at home: do I have to stay here?

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Yup, 2". fine by me. That way I'll ... er ... measure up.

Anonymous English Female said...

ADG - The cuffed green sleeve and pink stripe shirt? - very American Girl.

ADG said...

AnonEngFem...nope. Dylan's Candy Bar.

Eleganto...You don't need cuffs to be immeasurable ... inestimable ...

NCJack...YES, you sit your Railroad Mills dipping self right there till I tell you that it's ok to giddy up.

ami....what about harness boots? The Frye ones?

Gretchen...I AM the blogger poe-leece.

MainLiner....come on man. Give the two-zeez a go.

Lisa said...

RE: "But I'll stop right there because this blog is my escape from work...it's about socks!"
Forget the cuffs, LOVE all of the socks! Today I actually wore socks myself for a meeting with a software/hardware vender for the office. Not looking forward to the meeting but the socks, Belgians and tweed jacket/Hermes scarf helped. (I'm asking for a 'free pass' on the socks with Belgians thingy. I had to muster all the strength I could this morning and both made me smile. Shut up!) sorry for the copyright infringement.

~ami* said...

Okay, I will give you a pass for the Frye boots, but upgrade to the Chippewa when you can. Trust me.

Kurt said...

"...like saying short men shouldn't wear a DB suit...." Well, they *shouldn't*! Leastways not if the shortness is in the legs.

But those colors and those sleeve cuffs, wow and three cheers. I should be so lucky as to ever manage to dress like that.

yoga teacher said...

EEEEEWWW. I Googled "Brothel Creepers." Shouldn't have.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

As I always say, I love my ladies slim and my cuffs thick.

How in the world do you get away with such fragrant clothing in the orifice? They must have very liberal sartorial regulations where you work.

Lisa said...

I wear my well-worn/old Frye Harness boots with alot of things during the winter and with things you'd never dream of pairing them with. I'm all about the irony - life's full of it.

ADG said...

LagunaFogeyBeachmon...With the exception of maybe Banking, Finance, Law and I'd say pockets of hold-out Medical Doctors who still wear ties, the world has take a hygiene holiday. Business casual is at all time high levels of slovenosity. Here's my deal...when I'm with clients, I wear client appropriate gear. When I'm in my office and not with clients, I can wear whatever I choose. It's one of the benefits of owning the place I suppose.

yogateacher...they aren't that bad.

Kurt...duly noted on the "short in the legs" thing.

ami...I have trust issues.

Lisa...I'm cool with socks and Belgians. When it gets a little cooler, I'll be doing the same thing.

CeceliaMc said...

Well, large cuffs are only perfect perfection if you have long legs. Otherwise, they just make them look stubby.

Unfortunately,that is less than perfect.

Sorry.

~ami* said...

If you can't trust me, trust Brian Setzer. He only wears Chippewa. :)

Patsy said...

You have the most wonderful eye for color. It shouldn't work and yet, somehow, it does. Beautifully.

Summer is a Verb said...

I will take this 2 inch rule to my grave...XXOO

ADG said...

AllieVonTwoIncher...Here's hoping that you don't have to go soon.

Patsy...my gifts are small but for some reason, I've got that "throw the shit together" thing down pretty good.

ami....Brian Setzer also wears Brothel Crawlers. Not that that's bad.

Cecelia...ok.

~ami* said...

ha! Good point, though I daresay most of us have crawled/crept in worse places...

ilovelimegreen said...

I wanted a pair of Brothel Creepers briefly in the 80s...fortunately it was just a phase.
I do like that green jacket, especially with the candy pink striped shirt.

Anonymous said...

Uh-oh!

This is Anonymous who was disappointed with you writing to apologize and to revoke my disappointment.

I drew the wrong conclusion from p--sy. I thought you were using the term pansy in a derisive way.

It may be a sad commentary on me that I do not find the term pussy to be offensive, but I frown on people using words like pansy.

Please forgive my presumption. I should have known that you wouldn't use the term pansy. You can grab your old KA paddle, and I will assume the position.

ADG said...

AnonP_ _ sy....YOU are such a p_ _ sy for thinking that I would EVER use the word pansy.

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