I don’t know about you, but I get a special joy out of bringing a new dress shirt home and removing it from it’s packaging. Typically it’s full of pins, plastic widgets, cardboard and tissue paper. I feel like I’m disassembling a pistol or something. Nicholson Baker once wrote that the first time he felt like a man was the first time he received his pressed and folded shirts from the drycleaners.
Here’s an excellent, exhaustive article on buying a dress shirt:
On to cuffs. This is the easy part. You have a few options, but it’s mainly built-in buttons or holes for cuff-links. Again, personal style. A note on cuff-links, though, in case you want to wear them: never wear cuff-links if you’re not wearing a jacket. Otherwise you’ll look like a pirate who forgot to hide his treasure.
Arrrr…apparently I’ve been committing a fashion faux pas. On several occasions, I’ve worn a dress shirt with cuff-links and no jacket. I dig cuff-links, because they’re one of the few pieces of jewelry a man (or, at least, this man) can wear. Yet, on the West Coast, particularly in technology, it’s rare to require a suit for business. What’s the prevailing opinion on this?