How to Iron a Double Cuff Shirt

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How to Iron a Double Cuff Shirt

The cuff is an extra layer of fabric on the lower edge of a garment sleeve that covers the arms. Although it may seem that shirt cuffs do not serve any important function other than style purposes, cuffs serve as protection from fraying. If the edges fray, the cuffs still save the rest of the shirt from major damage. The double cuff shirt remains a first choice for semi-formal and black tie events. When choosing a shirt such as this, it is important to know how to care for it.


What a Double Cuff Shirt Is

Double cuff shirts have cuffs twice as long as single cuff shirts. A person wearing a double cuff shirt has to fold the cuffs back twice before fastening them with cufflinks.

Traditionally, men wore double cuff shirts strictly for formal events. In more recent years, men have been wearing these shirts in less formal environments, such as in the fields of business, law and finance. Others have even taken the liberty to wear them without cufflinks or ties.

Many people think that double cuff shirts are different from French cuff shirts. In reality, they are the same. The term 'double cuff' is more popular in the United Kingdom, while 'French cuff' is the staple name of such shirts in many other places.


Fabric Textures for Double Cuff Shirts

Cotton is the most common material used for double cuff shirts, though there are shirts that sport linen, polyester or silk fabrics. Still, cotton shirts have different fabric textures, and four are the most common.


Fabric Texture



Smooth and delicate; very light; devoid of patterns


Heavier than poplin shirts; has diagonal stripe patterns


Has a soft, elevated pattern; heavier than other textures, but stronger


Like Oxford, but lighter and smoother


The texture of double cuff shirt fabrics depends on their wrap and weft. For example, poplin textures have a wrap that is lighter than its weft, resulting in a smooth texture. Oxford fabrics, on the other hand, have a thread of weft every two threads of wrap, making them heavier than other fabrics.


Wearing Styles for Double Cuff Shirts

There are two styles for wearing double cuff shirts. The first is the kissing style, in which both cuffs pinch together. The second is the barrel style, in which one of the cuffs overlaps the other. Both styles require cufflinks or silk knots to work.


Ironing Double Cuff Shirts

Just like any other item of clothing, double cuff shirts need proper maintenance to last long and maintain their new look. Double cuff shirts are easy to maintain through washing and ironing after every use. Ironing one's own shirt ensures that the shirt receives the attention it needs.

  1. Lay the shirt flat on the ironing board with the back of the shirt facing up
  2. Start ironing the shirt from the outside of the collar inwards. Lightly press on the inside, visible part of the collar
  3. Slide one shoulder over the narrow edge of the board and iron it, then proceed to the other shoulder in the same way
  4. Open the cuffs and iron the inside first, then the outside
  5. Lay one sleeve flat and iron it, starting with the backside and then the front
  6. Hang the shirt over the board to lay one front panel flat, and then iron from shoulder to shirttail
  7. Rotate the shirt over the board to iron the back panel and the other front panel from shoulder to shirttail
  8. Hang the shirt to avoid wrinkles


How to Buy Double Cuff Shirts on eBay

You can buy double cuff shirts of various styles and colours from reputable sellers on eBay. These shirts are becoming popular not only for formal wear, but also for smart casual wear. In addition to these shirts, you can purchase accessories such as cufflinks, silk knots, bowties and neckties. To begin, simply type your query into the search box located on any page. In buying a double cuff shirt, make sure that you select your correct size, as most resellers on eBay provide size guides to ensure you order an accurate right fit.

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