Actually, the first time I noticed it was when I was watching the Cary Grant movie The Awful Truth. There’s a fantastic scene with Ralph Bellamy dressed in formalwear for a night out on the town. There was something so chic about that half-inch of white shirt cuff peeking out from his perfectly slim fitting overcoat; it was the only thing I could look at for the entire scene. I’d never seen anything like it before.
It was one of those images I put in my memory bank. On those rare occasions where I still see it in person today, it rings so refined.
I mentioned in the post originally that maybe this was more sporty. As you can see in the photograph above, it does still look great in the most formal situation.
I was surprised by how dogmatic the response was to the original post – “A coat is supposed to keep you warm! You’ll never be warm with an exposed wrist.” Come on. I’m not suggesting you wear this all the time. If it’s freezing, wear a different coat. You can tell the guys in the pictures below are not freezing – it was maybe 40 degrees when these were taken.
What I am suggesting is…don’t hide behind “form follows function.” What I’m trying to do is not create a rule but share options that I’ve seen.
Last thing: Let’s take a special notice of just how perfectly Ralph Bellamy’s coat fits in this photograph. Another victory for the slim fit coat!
As you see these two very elegant gentlemen wear a shorter sleeve length with a healthy amount of shirt cuff showing. Notice they are also wearing this look with a knit and not a suit. Maybe this sleeve length is a bit sportier?