Women’s French Cuff Shirts — Yes or No?

Merit Lõokene
3 min readOct 15, 2019


White women’s french cuff shirt

French cuff shirts have a long history in men’s dress fashion but have been making their way into women’s wardrobes as well. Not quite sure what to make of this trend? Here are some thoughts that will help you sort through your feelings about women wearing French cuff shirts.

French cuffs on a shirt are undoubtedly a fancy option. They are double-length cuffs that are folded back and fastened with cufflinks. And cufflinks, no matter how subtle will draw eyes your way. Consequently, these cuffs are certainly not the best option for anyone looking to blend in and be as invisible as they can. However, if you do want to stand out from the plethora of nondescript office wear, a high quality women’s French cuff shirt may be the way to go.

Because of the extra fabric, French cuffs are bulkier than regular barrel cuffs and wearing them might take some getting used to. If you are likely to be stuck behind your computer for the better part of your workday, forget it — the cuffs will only get in the way without offering any real benefits. On the other hand, sporting a French cuff shirt for an important meeting or a lunch date may add that extra dose of confidence to your already amazing self.

I know some women are hesitant about wearing regular dress shirts, let alone ones with French cuffs for looking perhaps too “masculine”. Well, no need to be! Dress shirts, including French cuff shirts are neither “masculine” nor “feminine”. They are just genius clothing items with collar and cuffs specifically designed to draw attention to the wearer’s face and hands. Where, in a huge variety of situations, we love the attention to be…

White women’s french cuff shirt & suspenders
“Masculinity” and “femininity” are nothing but labels

Contrary to a common belief, women’s French cuff shirt is very easy to combine with everything else in your wardrobe. You don’t have to wear a jacket and you most definitely do not need to wear a tuxedo. In fact, if you feel like it, combine the shirt with your favourite jeans and excel at effortless elegance. Or pair it with a maxi skirt for a formal evening look. The way you choose to wear it is entirely up to you.

White women’s French cuff shirt, maxi skirt
White French cuff shirt and maxi skirt — always enchanting

When shopping for a women’s French cuff shirt there are two important factors to pay attention to: quality and fit. The entire concept of the French cuff shirt is lost if the shirt is of low quality. And as for fit — in my opinion it is possible to get away with a lot of things in fashion today but wearing ill-fitting clothes is definitely not one of them. If you decide to buy a French cuff shirt you do it for a reason — you want to look sleek and smart and absolutely fabulous. So choose well. You will find high quality women’s French cuff shirts from women’s shirt brand Ella Hopfeldt.

For a beautiful pair of cufflinks, visit Satin Crystals and see their cufflink collection.



Merit Lõokene

Co-owner and stylist at Ella Hopfeldt, the dress shirt brand for women. Visit our online store https://www.ehshirts.com/