Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Faux Pas: The Gauntlet Button
1. The shirt is so well-constructed out of such splendid material, and so well-tailored to your body, that the gauntlet stays closed gently but resolutely around your arm, as though it were a woman unaccustomed to feeling anything so intense as the newfound love she feels for you.
2. You bought the shirt off the rack, and when the cuffs slide up your arm (toward the shoulder) during everyday wear, the gauntlet opens like a split melon, revealing a ghastly glimpse of pale, hairless under-forearm.
Avoid shirts with no gauntlet button. And always button your gauntlet button unless you are absolutely confident in the quality and fit of your shirt. Even then, check it from time to time to make sure your confidence is well-placed. Aspire to own shirts of the sort found in hypothetical No. 1 above.