What are Cufflinks?

Cufflinks are particular piece of jewelry that are used to secure the cuffs of dress shirts. Cufflinks can be manufactured from a variety of different items, such as stone, metal, glass, and leather, precious metal such as diamonds or combinations of these. Securing of the cufflinks is usually achieved by toggles or reverses based on the design of the front side, which can be folded into position. There are also variety with chains or a bent, rigid rear section.

The front sections of the cufflinks can be decorated with inlays, gemstones, enamel or inset material and made in two or three-dimensional forms. Cufflinks are designed only for use with those shirts having cuffs with buttonholes on both the sides but no buttons. These might be either single or double-length ‘French cuffs’, and may be worn either ‘kissing’ with both edges pointing outward or ‘barrel-style’, with one edge pointing outward and the other cuff inward so that its hem is overlapped. In the United States, the ‘barrel-style’ was popularized by a famous 19th century entertainer and clown, Dan Rice however, ‘kissing’ cuffs are usually preferred.

History

Their origin can be traced back to the beginning of the 16th century. At that time, the only thing keeping cuffs from flapping about were small lengths of string that were used to tie the sleeve ends in one place.

At the time French King Louis XIV took to the throne in 1642, these crude cuff fasteners were on the out and in came decorative glass versions joined together by a small chain. In the years that followed afterwards, production techniques evolved and men took to wearing more extravagant jeweled styles as a way to show their status. To put it another way, they were the tacky hedge fund managers of their time.

So, to assist you up to your wrist game, we have put together some info on how to wear cufflinks like a true gentleman.

Knowing How to Use Cufflinks is Simple

When it comes down to learning how to wear cufflinks, more like chess the part about it taking a long time to master. Sometimes, people assume that even the most basic moves of chess are complicated and because of it they never bother to try. The same is true of cufflinks.

Cufflinks are most popularly associated with eveningwear or a black tie, with ensembles including the tuxedo, and a French-cuffed shirt. Moreover, they are not meant to be worn with semi-formal to formal outfits only — ignore any rules you see. They’re perfectly fine as an addition to your work rotation, and are a subtle and refined way to introduce more accessories into your office attire.

French Cuffs vs Convertible Cuffs

French cuffs with dress shirts are the most appropriate option for black tie events and require cufflinks to pair with. In fact, French cuffs do not have buttons sewn onto them at the cuff, and so cufflinks are important when wearing such a shirt. French cuffs are double layered they are essentially extra-long and a certain amount of the cuff is folded back to make an extra thick (and stiff) cuff.

There is even a lesser-known dress shirt option that can pair up with cufflinks – the convertible cuff. Convertible cuffs are exactly what they sound like, convertible between the traditional single-layered barrel cuffs (the typical kind that you button) and having an extra buttonhole adjacent to the fastening button to accommodate cufflinks.

How to Wear Cufflinks with a French cuff Shirt

Step 1:

Fold the cuff back over to make the double layered cuff, so that the cufflink buttonholes align. Since the cuff is folded back to create a double-layered cuff, there should be four buttonholes that are being lined up.

Step 2:

Push the back of the cufflink via the holes. This means that the front part of the cufflinks [commonly the side with an adorned shape or design], is at the bottom of your wrist when it’s secured and is facing away from your body when your arms are at your sides. If the cufflinks are two-sided, this is your final step. If the cufflinks are the more common, clasp type, then…

Step 3:

Close the clasp to secure the cufflink in one place.

Clasp, Double Sided or Silk Knot Cufflinks

Clasp cufflinks are the most widely used as they are easy to carry and are simply inserted through the opening and closed together. Double-sided cufflinks are typically smaller and lighter weight and are differentiated by the fixed backing being the same material as the front. Silk knot cufflinks are made of yarn and are more affordable but seen as the most casual option.

How to Wear Cufflinks with a Convertible Cuff Shirt

Step 1:

Leaving shirt cuff unbuttoned, pull both pieces of fabric out flat so that the cufflink holes line up.

Step 2:

Like with the French cuffs push the back of the cufflink via the holes. Again, if the cufflinks are double-sided you’re done. If the cufflinks are the more common, clasp type, then…

Step 3:

Close the clasp to secure the cufflink in particular place.

How to Wear Silk Knot Cufflinks

Step 1:

Fold the cuff over so that the cufflink holes align.

Step 2:

Push the back of your cufflink through the holes. Since silk knot cufflinks are naturally made, double-sided you’re finished. Note that silk knot cufflinks have a little more friction against your buttonhole due to its material, and might require you to insert the knot into one buttonhole at a moment.

Types of Cufflinks:

For an item that most men pay least attention to, there are plenty of different styles of cufflinks. Including the design options covering off everything from lavish to laid-back there are also a number of ways in which they fasten.

:small_blue_diamond: Bullet Back Cufflinks

The bullet back is the most used type of cufflink. The style generally features some form of decorative detailing on one side and a bullet-shaped clip (small) on the other.

The narrow cylinder shaped on the reverse rotates to thread through the shirt’s cuff holes, where it can be twisted back in the position to secure. It is the perfect entry-level cufflink and is perfect for guys who like a snug fit.

:small_blue_diamond: Whale Back Cufflinks

Whale back cufflinks work in the same way as their bullet back cousins. The only difference being is that the fastening is shaped like a whale tail as opposed to that of bullet.

After bullet backs whale backs, are one of the most popular styles because to their ease of use and the security provided by the handy T-bar locking mechanism.

:small_blue_diamond: Fixed Back Cufflinks

There are no moving parts in this design which means they are a little tougher to insert than bullet or whale back cufflinks.

Moreover, many fixed backing styles are reversible giving you two pairs of cufflinks for the price of one.

:small_blue_diamond: Stud Cufflinks

Similar to fixed back cufflinks, studs feature no moving parts and are relatable smaller than other designs, making them slightly fiddlier to fasten into place. While, what they lack in practicality they make up for in durability and fuss-free styling.

Comprised of two circle-studs, one slightly bigger than the other, they slot through the empty buttonholes on the shirt to hold the two parts of the cuff together.

:small_blue_diamond: Ball Return Cufflinks

Much like the stud design, a ball return cufflink features no moving parts. Instead, the style uses a round head attached to a curved bar at the back.

Due to its rigid body, the ball return cufflink is significantly easier to affix than the chain design. Simply line your buttonholes up pop the smaller end through and you are ready to go.

:small_blue_diamond: Silk Knot Cufflinks

Introduced by Charvet commonly considered the world’s first shirt shop, in Paris during the early 1900s, the silk knot is a classic and more affordable option that is hard to go wrong with.

This style is comprised of two adjoining monkey’s fist knots and has since become so famous that metal cufflinks shaped to look like them are now quite common.

:small_blue_diamond: Chain Link Cufflinks

They have two heads (usually same) connected by a short length of fine chain. This creates a slightly looser fastening than other various styles with visible decoration on both sides of the closed buttonholes.

:small_blue_diamond: Locking Dual-Action Cufflinks

They use a hinge mechanism same to the closure of a metal watchband. The entire part is the hinge the cufflink swings open, the smaller piece is slipped through the opening, and then the cufflink is swung shut once more clipping the sides of the cuff together underneath the head. This is a contemporary style and after a short learning curve is one of the simplest to use and most secure styles available.

:small_blue_diamond: Knot Cufflinks

They are close to chain link, with two heads connected by a flexible length, short, but they are made of soft cord (usually of silk) rather than metal, and the heads are decorative knots. The irregular surface of the knot work makes this a more casual style, particularly when multiple colors are involved.

:small_blue_diamond: Fabric Cufflinks

They can be almost any fastener style, but have a fabric “button” on top as the ornamental face. They are a deliberately casual style.

Cufflink Dos and Don’ts

Do: Go for clean, simple designs at black tie events or with business outfit.

Don’t: Wear comedy cufflinks unless you have the personality to flaunt it off.

Do: Feel free to get creative with colors, patterns and shapes for less formal events.

Don’t: Go for gold with engraved initials unless you want people to think you are the latest version to Dragon’s Den.

Do: Always wear cufflinks with French cuffs.

Don’t: Fasten your sleeves with bits of string like the men of the early sixteenth century.

Do: Match your cufflinks to your shirt studs.

Cufflinks vs Studs

While cufflinks and shirts studs are often confused with each other, they are two different accessories. Although both are worn on formal occasions, they serve two different purposes. Cufflinks are typically used to fasten the cuffs of a shirt. However studs are also decorative fasteners they fit into the buttonholes on the front of a tuxedo shirt. While, it is important to note that cufflinks are available in stud styles.

Frequently Asked Questions :open_book:

Why do you wear cufflinks?

Cufflinks are most commonly worn on formal events, weddings and with business outfits. They should be worn when a full suit or a blazer is part of the overall outfit.

Why are cufflinks so expensive?

Similar to bracelets or rings for women, fine cufflinks are often manufactured in gold and fine gem stones, hence, reflecting both the high price and level of workmanship. By comparison, new age mainstream cufflinks are much more affordable as comparatively.

Can females wear cufflinks?

These days, there are not many cufflinks that are specially designed for women but rather for both sexes. A smaller sized cufflink with soft circled edges would be a great fit for a woman. Because women tend to have smaller hands and wrists, it is a good idea to avoid big, bulky pieces when choosing a cufflink.

What color should cufflinks be?

If you are new to wearing cufflinks then the first pair should be either gold or silver. Which one of the two you choose depends on the rest of your wardrobe. Match the color cufflink to the color of your wristwatch as well as belt buckle. Most used are silver or stainless steel cufflinks.

Conclusion:

When it comes to adding charm and polish to an outfit, there is nothing like a nice pair of cufflinks. Perfect for formal wear as well as business outfit. They add an air of civilized and add style to your look while providing the perfect opportunity to showcase your persona, they actually do so much more than keeping your cuffs neat. Choosing the right pair of cufflinks isn’t always simple or easy and putting them on can also be difficult.

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The cufflinks are small fashion accessories used in order to attach and tighten the cuffs, the two pieces of fabric at the wrist on a long sleeve shirt. Whether you’re in the market for your first pair of cufflinks or just want to refresh your wardrobe, this guide will help you learn more about the different types of cufflinks and the materials used. It will also teach you what accessories and clothes to pair them with and much more

CUFFLINK ELEMENTS

A little technique to start. Mastering the different parts of a cufflink will already allow you to feed your discussions in the evening, then allow you to fully understand how they work, and therefore to wear them with chic in all circumstances.

1. The visible side - this is the front side of the cufflink, often adorned, engraved, encrusted with a stone or other pretty material.

2. The shank - is the part that goes through the openings in the shirt and is attached to the button.

3. The button - is the lower part of the cufflink, which rotates 90 degrees to hold the jewel in place and prevent it from coming out of the two openings on the cuffs.

Some types of cufflinks, such as chain, ball, or silk buttons do not have a hard button or shank. These are then replaced by a chain, curved rod or some other type of mechanism to hold them in place. In addition, some models are reversible and equipped with two identical sides and can therefore be worn in one direction or the other.

TYPES OF CUFFLINKS

All cufflinks are used to connect the cuffs of the shirt and keep them securely in place. Just as there are many, many different ways to wear a jacket, there are many different styles on the market for cufflinks.

Let’s take a moment to examine the different models available in order to enrich your knowledge in the matter and allow you to choose the ideal pair.

FISHTAIL CUFFLINKS

So-called because of their fishtail-shaped closing mechanism, these cufflinks are practical and highly appreciated for their originality.

Put your fishtail cufflinks in place by turning the button upwards so that it is parallel to the shank and thread it through the openings in your cuffs.
To close them, but the button back in its initial position perpendicular to the stem … and voila, it’s done, your cufflinks will stay in place all day long!

  • Advantage: Current and trendy model
  • Advantage: Easy to use
  • Advantage: Economical
  • Disadvantage: Can be fragile over time

These cufflinks are mass-produced, so they are offered at an affordable price. They are also very easy to put on and close.
The problem with these models is that turning and moving the mechanism frequently can damage it or even cause it to break (this will of course depend on the quality of the material and how often you use them). In addition, unlike other types of cufflinks, only one of their faces will be really used, the lower part (less elegant) being always hidden.

PISTOL CUFFLINKS

Imagine the last scene of a western where the good and the bad guys go head to head with a gun. The good one has no more ammunition, seems doomed to a tragic end when there, bam, he throws himself on his cufflink, takes out a bullet, reloads his weapon and wins the duel! A real spectacle!

Let’s get back to our sheep: this model has a closing mechanism in the shape of a rifle bullet, hence its name.

  • Advantage: Current and trendy model
  • Advantage: Easy to use
  • Advantage: Economical
  • Disadvantage: Not always very strong

Put your pistol cufflinks in place making sure the button is parallel to the shank. Pass your jewellery through the openings in the cuff and turn the knob to lock them and hold them in place.

Pistol cufflinks are mass-produced, so their prices are generally affordable. However, handling the mechanism frequently can weaken it, so their strength will depend on how often you wear them.

CLOU CUFFLINKS

As the name suggests, these models look like classic nails or buttons. They are therefore more discreet and will attract less attention than other models.

Both sides can be visible.

  • Advantage: Classic Style
  • Advantage: Pattern on both sides
  • Advantage: Resistant
  • Disadvantage: More difficult to install

Put your nail cufflinks in place by tilting the bottom part to the side so that it is at a 90-degree angle to the cuff openings. Put them on and then straighten them. Much like you would the button on a shirt.
As the elements of these cufflinks are fixed and irremovable, this model is generally very strong and durable. Another of their advantages is that both sides are decorated; even if we were to glimpse the underside of your jewellery, you would still look so distinguished. These models give you a classic chic look in any circumstance.

CUFFLINKS CHAIN

Chain cufflinks are the most traditional models, they already existed before the industrial revolution. They are made up of two identical sides linked together by a chain.

Put your chain cufflinks in place by simply inserting one of their faces into the cuff hole, without forcing, then straighten the whole.

  • Advantage: Classic Style
  • Advantage: Both sides are decorated
  • Disadvantage: A little looser
  • Disadvantage: More difficult to tighten

The chain implies that these buttons will leave a little slack in your cuff, so they will be suitable for slightly different dres’s styles. Their two sides are decorated in a similar way.

BALL CUFFLINKS

The lower part of these models has a larger ball, attached to the decorative face by a chain or a small curved rod.

Put on your ball cufflinks by tilting and pushing the smaller part through the openings of the cuff then straighten everything.

  • Advantage: Classic design
  • Advantage: Unbreakable (in theory)
  • Disadvantage: Not always easy to close

The ball cufflinks have a more classic style and are also more resistant since all the parts are fixed. However, they can be more difficult to set up than other models.

CUFFLINKS DOUBLE-ACTION ATTACHMENT

Probably the most modern models, they are held in place by an innovative closing mechanism inspired by watch clasps.

Put on your double-action cufflinks, making sure they are flat and threading them through the openings in the cuffs. Deploy them … and voila!

  • Advantage: Modern design
  • Advantage: Secure closure
  • Disadvantage: It takes a bit of time to learn how to handle them properly

Double-action fastening cufflinks are very easy to use, once you have mastered the technique. Their two sides are identical, which is always interesting from a stylistic point of view because both sides of your cuffs will be highlighted. These models are very modern and therefore will not necessarily agree with the most classic outfits.

SILK CUFFLINKS

Entirely made of silk, these models are composed of two silk points connected by a cord. Silk cufflinks are colourful and will give a dynamic style to any look but they are not recommended in the office or on more formal occasions if you want to maintain a traditional or more professional style.

Put your silk cufflinks in place bypassing one of the two sides through the opening of the cuff. The two sides of these models are generally identical to simplify your life.

  • Benefit: Casual Style
  • Advantage: Affordable price
  • Disadvantage: More fragile

These are the most economical and casual cufflinks available on the market. They are not the sturdiest, however, and will not be suitable for a classic black tie suit look. But they will make a very original gift idea.

MATERIALS USED FOR CUFFLINKS

Like most accessories or other jewellery, cufflinks are available in different materials.

You will be able to discover below the most common materials used in their manufacture. Be careful, some cufflinks can be made of several materials, for example having a stainless steel face and a shank made of another material. We advise you to check their exact composition before investing in a pair so that you do not be disappointed with your purchase.

STAINLESS STEEL CUFFLINKS

In addition to being indestructible (which is far from being a negligible point), the grey colour of the stainless steel will allow you to marry your cufflinks with absolutely all the colours of the colour wheel. No possible lack of taste on the horizon, you can combine this material with any outfit.

The exterior appearance of stainless steel gives it a sober look and a slightly industrial side. Simple, direct and effective, it is also very robust and your stainless steel jewellery will accompany you for many years without losing its original beauty.
If this option is available, always opt for surgical stainless steel which offers the advantage of being hypoallergenic.

TITANIUM CUFFLINKS

Named in this way in reference to the Titans of mythology, titanium is a very resistant and biocompatible metal.

Titanium is a recent material in the world of jewellery. It, therefore, has a modern style and will suit all those who have had enough of ultra classic cufflinks. Like stainless steel or silver, it sports a neutral grey colour that sits off the colour wheel, so it will be easy to match with most outfits.

PLATINUM CUFFLINKS

Platinum is a silvery precious metal frequently used in the manufacture of men’s jewellery.
Platinum is hypoallergenic and unlike silver, it does not tarnish.

It will age very well and like all silver metals, it will be very easy to match with your outfits, whatever their style.

COPPER CUFFLINKS

Copper naturally sports a warm colour. It is darker than gold but has a more relaxed style. Copper cufflinks are less common than gold or silver models.

Because of its yellow and red reflections, you will have to be very careful with what clothing you will associate with your copper accessories. Pure copper will develop a natural patina and become a darker colour over time, sometimes even tinting green, giving your cufflinks a vintage feel, a feature some people particularly appreciate.

BRONZE CUFFLINKS

Pulling a little less red than copper, bronze is also a warm colour, between gold and copper.

Like copper, bronze tarnishes and patina over time, making it a bit more difficult to wear and to match well with an outfit.

STERLING SILVER CUFFLINKS

Silver is relatively similar to stainless steel but has a slightly warmer colour. Silver has been used for a very long time - it was long before stainless steel - and maintains a chic and elegant image.

Again, their colour allows them to match any outfit without a problem. There is therefore no need to recompose your entire wardrobe to find a shirt or a suit that will match them. Prefer sterling silver to pure silver. Brighter, brighter, it is also more resistant and will retain its shine for longer.

GOLD CUFFLINKS

Gold has always been a symbol of luxury, wealth, power and social status. When it goes into making cufflinks, gold of course retains this image. Gold is more difficult to associate than silver due to its colour… so it is advisable to try on your gold cufflinks (if you have the possibility) before buying them.

The gold cufflinks are to wear on any occasion where you want to make a strong impression: an important business meeting, a wedding or other formal occasions.

METAL ALLOY CUFFLINKS

Made from a mixture of different metals, metal alloy cufflinks are usually polished to make them look silver or stainless steel but they can also sport a gold finish. The number of materials available and their mass production allows metal alloy cufflinks to be rather inexpensive.

If you don’t necessarily have the budget for precious metals or just starting your cufflink collection, metal alloy designs are a great way to get your hands on and refine your style.

SILK CUFFLINKS

Silk is a natural fibre, obtained from the cocoons of certain species of insect larvae. It can be dyed in any colour and will be perfect for informal occasions, at work or elsewhere, anywhere you want to be chic but not over the top.

Silk can fray and is not as durable as other materials. On the other hand, it is very economical.

DECORATIVE MATERIALS CRIMPED INTO CUFFLINKS

We have studied the main materials used in the manufacture of cufflink skeletons, now move on to the most frequently used materials for crimping and decorating cufflinks.

FABRIC

The fabric cufflinks are composed of a pistol or fishtail base and a visible fabric face.

The fabric gives the accessories a casual look, perfect for informal occasions.

EMAIL & GLASS

These designs are traditionally made by hand applying coloured frosted glass to an embossed pattern. The cufflink is then baked in a kiln before another layer is applied. This process is repeated several times and the final result is then polished to give it a shiny surface. Enamel and glass cufflinks come in a variety of styles and colours, so pair and wear with care and might not always be suitable for more formal occasions.

Since the manufacture of enamel cufflinks requires a lot of work, these models are generally quite expensive. Pick a pair that you are sure to keep and wear for years to come. Even a pair that you will want to bequeath to your son or grandson.

PRECIOUS & SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES

From dazzling rubies to the purest emeralds, to more common semi-precious stones, these materials are all found on cufflinks.

Besides their depth and lustre, gemstones all have their own unique colour and will need to be matched with your clothes with great care and attention. Unless you’re a hip-hop star or a duke coming out of his castle, so don’t use them indiscriminately.

WOOD

The wood has a warm, natural tone and its grain is always unique. Cufflinks in wood or with a visible wooden face are perfect for giving a little Canadian lumberjack touch to a formal outfit.

They are also perfect for personalizing your outfit in a stylish way. Unlike more classic materials, wood brings a touch of modernity to cufflinks and can be used to create nice colour contrasts. However, they are not necessarily recommended in a strict or formal outfit.

LEATHER

Leather has a masculine, raw look, perfect for supporting your virility and bringing depth to your style.

Like wood, leather has a modern feel, it is perfect for showcasing your rebellious or rocky side, but may not be recommended for all occasions, especially the more formal ones.

MOTHER OF PEARL

Made with the iridescent shell of certain molluscs, mother of pearl cufflinks are a great classic and will give you a much appreciated modern gentleman style.

A pretty pair of mother-of-pearl cufflinks associated with a chic and refined suit will make a strong impression and give you a chic touch to your outfit. The kind of timeless model that we cherish and that we want to pass on from generation to generation.

HOW TO PUT ON THE CUFFLINKS?

For those who have not yet mastered the technique, here is how to put on your cufflinks.

  1. Completely unfold your shirt sleeve (with musketeer cuffs).
  2. Fold the cuff back on itself.
  3. Place the button in an upright position and slide it through the first two layers of fabric.
  4. Then slip the cufflink through the other two layers (for a total of 4 layers).
  5. Straighten the button.
  6. That’s it. To wear with class and pride.

TYPES OF CUFFS

To make your life easier, here are some diagrams that will show you all the types of cuff that you can find. Well, maybe not all, but we haven’t found any others.
After reading this passage, you will know what type of cuff goes (or not) with this or that cufflink.

SIMPLE CUFFS

This is the most common type of cuff on shirts, they usually have 1 to 3 buttons on them. You cannot wear cufflinks with a shirt with single cuffs.

There are at least 9 types of simple cuffs

  1. Square cuff with two buttons (with 1, 2 or 3 buttons)
  2. Two-button triangular cuff (with 1, 2 or 3 buttons)
  3. Rounded cuff with two buttons (with 1, 2 or 3 buttons)
  4. Continental cuff (design also found on the musketeer style)
  5. Envelope cuff
  6. Cone cuff
  7. Neapolitan cuff
  8. Rabas cuff
  9. Italian cuff

MUSKETEER CUFF

Musketeer cuffs are twice as long as traditional cuffs and can be worn folded upon themselves. They never have a button but always close with cufflinks. They were once laced and worn in particular by kings and ecclesiastics.
In the past, they were only worn with jackets, but nowadays they can be worn alone.

Their name obviously denotes their French origin.

There are 4 types of musketeer cuffs

  1. Square musketeer cuff
  2. Triangular musketeer cuff
  3. Round musketeer cuff
  4. Continental musketeer cuff

SPECIAL HEADLINES

We studied the simple cuffs, the musketeer cuffs, then there are all the cuffs that do not fit into either of these two categories.

For starters, the square convertible cuff. Wear with or without cufflinks - depending on your mood.

Next is your simple cuff that you yourself have folded into a cuff for a cufflink. Not ideal, but a good option to show off your accessories. We nevertheless advise you to call in a professional for a better rendering.

There are two types of special cuffs

  1. The convertible cuff
  2. The “home-made” musketeer cuff

MATCH YOUR CUFFLINKS TO YOUR OUTFIT

To match your cufflinks to your outfit, keep in mind the colour and impression you want to give.

As mentioned earlier, simple, monochrome cufflink styles like black, beige, grey, or silver blend easily with just about any other colour. Quite simply because these colours are outside the colour wheel.

But if you’re feeling adventurous and feel like taking a few risks, here are some more tips.

MATCH COLORS CORRECTLY

To avoid mistakes of taste, make sure that the colour of your cufflinks is in harmony with at least one of the other elements of your look, or even with each of them if you have the possibility. So if you are wearing a blue jacket, pants and tie, go for a cute pair of blue cufflinks.

PLAY WITH CONTRASTS

If you feel confident playing with contrasts is a great idea, perfect for creating your own style. Do you have a blue suit in your wardrobe? Pair it with red cufflinks. You can also play with alternating light and dark tones. For example, a navy blue jacket can be combined with sky blue cufflinks.

DARE TO USE ORIGINAL COMBINATIONS

A black head-to-toe suit paired with skull cufflinks on its own will be a real (fashion) statement but will require a huge pair (of cufflinks) to look its best. Dare and assume all associations. Be original, it’s all about self-confidence. You will be able to wear any style, as long as you are confident that your style fits you like a glove. So do yourself a favour.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CUFFLINKS?

In order to be able to enjoy your cufflinks for a very long time, you will need to clean them regularly and store them properly throughout your life. The best way to clean them is to use the professional services of a qualified jeweller. If you prefer to do this job on your own, all you will need to clean the metal objects (not set with stones) will be water, mild detergent, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a cotton cloth. to dry them.

A jewellery cloth is an inexpensive and very effective accessory for restoring shine to your tarnished jewellery. If your cufflinks are set with gemstones, keep them away from moisture as much as possible and do not use any abrasives to clean them to avoid scratches and other scratches. Cotton swabs immersed in hydrogen peroxide will restore shine to your stones. Wooden and leather accessories should never get wet. In fact, unless you want to risk moulding it, leather should never be subjected to humid environments.

HOW TO STORE YOUR CUFFLINKS?

Once you’ve cleaned up your cufflinks, you’ll need to find the perfect way to put them away. The ideal storage place is cufflink boxes where you can keep them away from heat and direct sunlight. This box will also protect them against oxidation (jewellery tending to blacken overtime under the action of oxygen). Ideally, keep each pair of cufflinks in a separate, padded compartment to prevent them from getting scratched on contact with other jewellery.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. WHY ARE CUFFLINKS USED?

Cufflinks are used to bind or hold in place the cuffs of so-called “French” or “musketeer” shirts - formal and classic shirts, without buttons at the cuffs. Cufflinks will complete their formal character in an absolutely elegant way.

2. HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CUFFLINKS?

When choosing your cufflinks, you will need to think about the occasion on which you will be using them. If it is a wedding or a formal event, the models in silver, gold, mother of pearl, enamel or set with elegant gemstones will work perfectly.

If this is your first pair, we recommend an elegant silver design. A sure bet.

If it is to expand your collection, you can opt for the model of your choice, depending on your look, formal or casual.

3. HOW TO PUT ON YOUR CUFFLINKS?

First of all, make sure you’re wearing the right kind of shirt: a musketeer cuff shirt. This must be equipped with holes specially adapted for the cufflinks and not buttons.

After having folded the end of your sleeve to line the cuffs at the wrists, pinch them so that the holes line up. Then insert the lower end of the cufflink through the four holes before attaching it.

How cufflinks are attached depends on their closing mechanism. Please refer to the section above for specific information on the different types of cufflinks.

4. HOW TO WEAR CUFFLINKS AND STUDS WITH A TUXEDO?

For cufflinks, see “How do I tie a cufflink?” above.

If you want to wear studs with your tuxedo shirt, start by inserting the decorative part of the button through the back of the hole, then bring it to the front. Forget about buttons - they aren’t necessary when wearing studs.

5. WITH WHICH SHIRT TO WEAR CUFFLINKS?

Cufflinks are traditionally used with Musketeer cuff shirts.

That being said, any shirt that has holes for cufflinks instead of buttons or in addition to buttons will do the trick.

6. IS IT ADVISABLE TO WEAR CUFFLINKS DURING A JOB INTERVIEW?

The answer is… it depends.

What position are you applying for? In which company? Is it a laid back start-up or a mainstream business?

If you want to project an aura of class, power and dignity, you can definitely put on a pair of cufflinks to give your outfit a boost of elegance. In this case, we recommend the traditional and classic cufflinks, in gold, silver (or any other grey and neutral metal), mother-of-pearl, or set with discreet precious stones, etc.

If you are applying for a more creative position, cufflinks will be a great way to show off your uniqueness.

That said, some interviewers may think of cufflinks as slightly pretentious accessories. Therefore, always exercise caution and try to get as much information as possible about the company and the position you are applying for in order to help you make the right decision.

7. WHAT ACCESSORIES SHOULD THE CUFFLINKS MATCH WITH?

There really isn’t a golden rule, but here are a few tips that might help you avoid making mistakes or mistakes of taste.

Colours outside the colour scheme, white, grey, black, silver, are always the easiest to wear.

If you wear other metals than your cufflinks, make sure that they are elegantly matched: for example, a gold watch and a gold tie clip will be the ideal companions for your gold cufflinks.

We will use our artistic judgement to lay out the handwriting in a way that fits the item best and looks great. If you would like to see it on the computer screen before it is engraved, please choose the upgrade to get an email or text photo proof. This includes one revision (i.e. make the text bigger or smaller, or break up move the words differently, etc.). Cufflinks are a lovely gift for a man, engraved cufflinks are even better, but customizing them with your own handwriting? That’s genius-level gift giving! Look like a thoughtful genius when you present your loved one with these custom engraved cufflinks from Love Georgie. Stainless steel cufflinks measuring 5/8 inch each are engraved with the handwriting of your choice or choose the handwriting font that is shown in the second photo. Also available in rose gold plated stainless steel or gunmetal-plated steel. After purchasing, please send a photo of your paper as an attachment (in .jpg format from your phone is fine!) via email to [email protected] with your name, username or order number. * We may need to adjust the layout slightly for it to fit.

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    Cufflinks call more attention than buttons because they are often considered accessories, though every gentleman knows they are much more than that. They can be used to add style to an outfit or bridge the gap between casual and formal. With a nice pair of cufflinks on your wrist, your outfit will come together nicely. For the modern gentleman, suiting up isn’t merely a matter of selecting a set of clothes to wear for the day. Clothes express so much more; they reveal a hint of one’s personality and tell the world who he is that day (or perhaps who he would like to be). If it’s true that clothes make the man, then it’s also true that the small details can make or break that carefully put-together image. That’s why a savvy dresser pays careful attention to the small details of his ensemble, from tie to cufflinks, and chooses them so as to perfectly complete his sartorial statement.
    What Are Cufflinks?
    Cufflinks are a popular alternative to traditional buttons that are sewn onto many shirt cuffs. The main difference is that cufflinks are removeable while buttons are not. However, just like buttons, cufflinks can be designed in various sizes, styles, colors, and the materials used can vary. They can be considered formal or informal, depending on how they are worn. Cufflinks call more attention than buttons because they are often considered accessories, though every gentleman knows they are much more than that. They can be used to add style to an outfit or bridge the gap between casual and formal. With a nice pair of cufflinks on your wrist, your outfit will come together nicely. You can even consider matching the cufflink with another ornamental piece of jewelry, such as an earring or necklace. Many men have overlooked this accessory over the years, assuming they are merely decorative with no actual function. However, for shirts without buttons on the wrist cuff they are essential to pull together your look. You can use a fine pair of cufflinks to take your look to the next level, transforming a plain black shirt into something to be admired.
    Why cufflinks matter?
    Perhaps once upon a time–say, when you were still making the rounds as an intern–a neatly buttoned shirt and tie sufficed for most occasions. Now, however, that look is no longer sufficient; you’re rising up through the ranks of your company, or at the very least have the desire to go far. We’ve all heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”, and that means you can no longer get away with the same uniform you employed at the start of your career; it’s time to start considering the subtle details of your daily dress and the message they convey to those around you. Cufflinks seems like a small detail, but they convey a sense of finality and give the impression that the man wearing them doesn’t merely dress in the morning–he dresses to impress, because he knows he has places to go and people to see. As it turns out, there’s a psychological component to these small details. Studies have shown that even though the differences may be subtle, people generally perceive the wearer as more competent (and thus better at their jobs) when they dress more sharply. So if you want to signal your intent to rise to a management position, a pair of cufflinks is a great start to turning average workwear into something more.
    Types of cufflinks:
    You have a lot of options available when shopping for cufflinks. For a truly luxe touch, look for luxury gemstone cufflinks. Available for example from the Elite & Luck website, these cufflinks are perfect for weddings, important work-related social events, or any black tie occasion. They add a touch of understated luxury to any suit, even if you’re not draped in bespoke. Metal cufflinks are a popular every day option, and come in more styles than you might imagine, from simple studs to intricately engraved pairs. Choose accordingly depending on the occasion and your suit; a simple pair might be better suited to a suit with more texture, color or pattern, while a more elaborate pair of cufflinks is perfect for adding visual interest to a basic suit. If you have a whimsical side and the opportunity to express it–say, on the weekends, or at a job where creativity is highly valued–then there are many different unique varieties of cufflinks to scratch that sartorial itch. For example, later this year Deakin & Francis is launching a new collection of cufflinks to celebrate their 228-year heritage; among the pieces up for offer in the 1786 Collection are cufflinks stamped with a skull and crossbones. (It’s a nod to an ancestor of the family, Arthur Daykin, a naval officer who battled pirates in the 16th century.) Or consider the silver chess-inspired cufflinks below from Zaunick.
    Cufflinks as gifts:
    We all know that one gentleman who seemingly has everything money could buy and who presents a dilemma every time a gift-giving occasion arises. Chances are, however, that he would be delighted with a new set of cufflinks. Ties can quickly fall into the realm of endless repetition, but like jewelry, cufflinks offer you endless options for new styles to suit various tastes and occasions. Even if the gentleman receiving the gift already owns an extensive collection of cufflinks, it probably won’t be hard to find a new pair to add to his collection. Cufflinks also make an excellent gift for any younger gentleman in your life who is just graduating or entering the professional workforce for the first time. A pair of cufflinks is not only a very “adult” gift–a way of saying, “Congratulations, you are no longer a child, but a man”–it’s a very practical one at that. This is a particularly excellent gift to commemorate a serious occasion, like acceptance into his university of choice or a major promotion at his workplace. The young man will now have a pair of cufflinks for any weddings, job interviews or professional events that he may have to attend, ensuring he will stand out from a crowd of peers as a young man who takes himself (and his image) very seriously.
    When it comes to adding polish and charm to an outfit, there’s nothing quite like a good pair of cufflinks. Perfect for formal wear as well as business attire, cufflinks do so much more than just keep your cuffs neat. They add an air of sophistication and style to your look while providing the perfect opportunity to showcase your personality. Of course, choosing the right pair of cufflinks isn’t always easy, and putting them on can also be difficult. So, to help you up to your wrist game, we’ve put together this guide on how to wear cufflinks like a true gentleman.
    Cufflinks vs Studs:
    While cufflinks and shirts studs are often confused, they are two different items. Although both are worn for formal occasions, they serve two different purposes. Cufflinks are used to fasten the cuffs of a shirt. While studs are also decorative fasteners, they fit into the buttonholes on the front of a tuxedo shirt. However, it’s important to note that cufflinks are available in stud styles.
    How to Wear Cufflinks?
    Black Tie Events:
    If you’re headed to an event stipulating black tie attire, cufflinks will likely be an essential part of your outfit. To select the perfect pair, look for more formal styles of cufflinks , such as a timeless silver or gold design that appears subtle and sophisticated. Choosing an option that’s elegant yet minimal will add polish to your appearance without detracting from the rest of your outfit. Just ensure they aren’t too simplistic or you’ll run the risk of looking dull. The key is to strike a balance between stylish and understated.
    White Tie Events:
    White tie is another type of dress code. It is slightly more formal than black tie attire and is called upon for highly special events, such as galas and some weddings. As such, it typically requires you to don cufflinks. To nail the look, try selecting an elegant pair of cufflinks. While there are many options from which you can choose, consider a sleek mother-of-pearl pair for an appropriately luxurious appearance.
    How to Wear Cufflinks at Work?
    Cufflinks with a White Shirt:
    If you work in a formal business setting, you may be required or choose to wear cufflinks. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wear the same old boring pair every single day. In fact, cufflinks are a great way to liven up an office outfit without breaking the dress code. In particular, they are an excellent option for enhancing the appearance of a plain white shirt. As a white shirt appears neutral and understated, it’s easy to add a variety of different and exciting cufflink styles. So, don’t be afraid to select a unique option that conveys your personality. But, be sure they also appear polished enough for meetings with the boss and clients.
    Cufflinks with a Blue Shirt:
    If you want to wear cufflinks with a blue shirt to work, you should do so carefully. As colored cufflinks can easily clash or appear overly bold with a blue shirt, it’s best to keep things a little conservative. To do so, try playing it safe with a pair of silver cufflinks). Doing so will allow you to play with different shapes and designs without appearing inappropriately dressed. Alternatively, if you do want to wear a colored pair, try opting for cufflinks in a shade of blue that contrasts your shirt. For instance, if your shirt is light blue, add dark blue cufflinks, and vice versa. This will keep your appearance consistent and smart without allowing it to look overly monotonous.
    Cufflinks with a Pink Shirt:
    It can be hard to find the perfect pair of cufflinks to go with a pink shirt. Hard, but not impossible. In fact, you have a few great choices that you can rely on to make you appear polished and office-appropriate. Your first option is a[pink-toned pair that will complement your shirt while offering a slight contrast. The second is a sleek silver style that’ll allow your shirt to stand out while gently accenting your cuffs. Finally, your third option is to opt for a multi-colored design. However, you should be careful that the tones included don’t clash with the pink of your shirt.
    Shirts to Wear with Cufflinks:
    Double/French Cuff Shirts:
    Double/French cuff shirts are the most common and classic option to wear with cufflinks. They are a type of dress shirt that features extended cuffs that fold back onto themselves to create two layers. As French cuff shirts do not have buttons to close their cuffs, they require cufflinks, which can be inserted through the small holes on each side of the cuff. Thanks to their traditional and layered appearance, French cuff shirts with cufflinks appear particularly polished and sophisticated.

What is Cufflinks?

Regarding adding shine and appeal to an outfit, there’s nothing very like a decent pair of cufflinks. Ideal for formal wear, just as business clothing, cufflinks accomplish such a great deal something beyond keeping your sleeves flawless. They add a demeanor of complexity and style to your look while giving an ideal chance to feature your character. Picking the right pair of cufflinks isn’t, in every case, simple, and putting them on can likewise be troublesome. Along these lines, to assist you with increasing your wrist game, we’ve assembled this guide on the best way to wear cufflinks like an honest, courteous fellow.

If there’s one ideal embroidery for gentlemen both down to earth and remarkably close to home, it must be Cufflinks. Furthermore, if you’ve never attempted them, what are you sitting for? Cufflinks can adequately tidy up your outfit, and relying upon what style of cufflink you pick, and you can switch between formal and easygoing shirts easily. All you need is a long-sleeved shirt with sleeve openings to shake the cufflinks any way you see fit.

Cufflinks plans differ broadly, with the most customary the “twofold board,” comprising of a short post or (all the more frequently) chain associating two circles formed parts, both brightened. Whale-back and switch-back cufflinks have a level-finished face for one side, while the opposite side shows the turn bar and its post. The turn bar is put vertically (lined up with the center) to put the connections on and off, at that point evenly to hold them set up when worn. The beautified face on the most noticeable side is usually more prominent; a variety of plans can interface the more modest piece: It might be sufficiently little to fit through the buttonhole as a catch would; it could be isolated and connected from the opposite side; or it might have a bit that turns on the focal post, lining up with the center while the connection is secure through the catch opening and turning into a situation at right points to the bar when worn.

In case you’re not sure about the reason for cufflinks, think expensive catches. Cufflinks let you close the sleeve of your shirt. However, these extras can be far beyond that. As relatively close to home and attractive bling, cufflinks immediately lift your look and style. Also, in contrast to catches, cufflinks can, without much of a stretch, be taken out and changed out at whatever point you need to wear an alternate pair.

Cufflinks are exceptionally decorative, and like this, they arrive in an assortment of shapes and styles. The difference they give in the sleeve area is simple yet striking enough to be ideal for formal events. In any case, there’s no restriction to wearing sleeve fasteners for your semi-formal or easygoing business outfits.

Kinds of Cufflinks:

You have a lot of choices accessible when looking for cufflinks. For a luxury contact, search for extravagance gemstone sleeve fasteners. Accessible, for instance, from the Elite and Luck site, these cufflinks are ideal for weddings, significant business-related get-togethers, or any dark tie event. They add a bit of downplayed lavishness to any suit.

Metal cufflinks are a consistently mainstream choice and come in a more significant number of styles than you envision, from bare studs to complicatedly engraved sets. Pick as needs be contingent upon the event and your suit; a straightforward pair may be more qualified to a lawsuit with more surface, shading, or example. A more intricate pair of cufflinks are ideal for adding visual interest to a simple suit.

If you have an unconventional side and the chance to communicate it–say, on the ends of the week or at specific employment where imagination is exceptionally esteemed. There is a wide range of novel assortments of sleeve buttons to scratch that style itch. For instance, not long from now, Deakin and Francis are dispatching another variety of cufflinks to commend their 228-year legacy; among the pieces up for offer in the 1786 Collection are cufflinks stepped with a skull and crossbones. (It’s a gesture to a progenitor of the family, Arthur Daykin, a maritime official who combat pirates in the sixteenth century.) Or consider the silver chess-roused cufflinks underneath from Zaunick.

Working of Cufflinks:

Essentially, cufflinks are utilized to close the shirt’s sleeve by going through the sleeve openings and fitting correctly in their fixed position. You have presumably seen or possibly claimed the conventional cufflinks plan that includes a more oversized enhancing front head, a broadening post, and a pivoted switch toward the end-user to fix the connection. You’d slide the bar through the openings and afterward close the button to keep the post from sliding out and opening the sleeve. That way, the sleeves are perfectly shut, and the brightening front head lies on top of the buttonholes for added glam.

The most widely recognized approach to wear them is for formal and semiformal events. These are a typical catch elective for these sorts of shirts, particularly when matched with the traditional dark or white tie look.

Nonetheless, it’s not just the dressier shirts that accompany cufflinks openings. From plain white shirts to more bright and special ones, it’s feasible to discover a shirt plan that highlights sleeves with cufflinks openings. Furthermore, it’s staggeringly easy to change over any standard shirt into a cufflink prepared one at the tailor. They should eliminate the fasten and make a little buttonhole. In case you’re acceptable with your hands, it’s even conceivable to DIY this specific task.

Eventually, this implies that you can wear sleeve buttons for each event you need with any outfit based on your personal preference, as long as you can imagine the look it gives you. Combining high and low design has gotten progressively well known, and there’s an explosion of look books, including cufflinks on basic wool shirts.

In case you’re not attached to different frills, cufflinks are a stunning route for each courteous fellow to add a hint of character to their looks, be it for formal and semiformal clothing or easygoing day/night out. All things considered, when you select a less excessive pair of sleeve buttons, you’ll have the option to match them rather pleasantly, even with a game coat.

Purpose of Cufflinks:

There’s no doubt among present-day design elites that cufflinks add a certain je ne sais quoi to formal outfits. They’re a sign of the complexity, and they add a degree of detail that traditional costumes alone basically can’t give.

Cufflinks do serve an old-world capacity and look splendor. They were at first curated to hold the sleeves of your shirt together. You can consider them the rich man’s catch. Despite the present design scene, we’re familiar with more current accommodations. For example, catches cufflinks are one of those immortal antiquities that won’t ever become unfashionable.

Cufflinks have an exceptionally prosperous history. They were made during the 1600s due to legitimate need and have just thrived and spread from that point forward. Today, cufflinks are by and large valued for their tasteful reasonableness. However, they hold their functional attraction.

Any shirt fixed with buttonholes in the sleeves can be decorated with a showy pair of cufflinks. Their wedding utilitarian and decorative characteristics make cufflinks quite possibly the most advantageous style ventures you’ll at any point make.

Why cufflinks matter?

Maybe sometime in the distant past, when you were all the while getting out and about as an assistant. A perfectly tight shirt and tie got the job done for most events. Presently, nonetheless, that look is not, at this point, adequate; you’re ascending through the positions of your organization, or in any event, want to go far. Cufflinks appear to be a minor detail, yet they pass on a feeling of resoluteness and give the sense that the man wearing them doesn’t only dress toward the beginning of the day. He dresses to impress since he realizes he has spots to proceed to individuals to see.

Incidentally, there’s a mental segment to these little subtleties. Studies have shown that even though the distinctions might be reserved, individuals by and large see the wearer as more skilled (and subsequently better at their positions) when they dress all the more intensely. So if you need to flag your goal to rise to an administration position, a couple of cufflinks is an incredible beginning to transforming everyday workwear into something else.

Studs Vs. Cufflinks:

While cufflinks and shirts studs are regularly confounded, they are two different things. Albeit both are worn for formal events, they fill two unique needs. Cufflinks are utilized to secure the sleeves of a shirt. While studs are additionally embellishing latches, they fit into the buttonholes on the facade of a formal shirt. Notwithstanding, note that cufflinks are accessible in stud styles.

White Shirt and Cufflinks:

If you work in a conventional business setting, you might be required or decide to wear cufflinks. In any case, that doesn’t mean you need to wear the standard, worn-out exhausting pair every day. Cufflinks are an excellent method to liven up an office outfit without figuring out the clothing standard. Specifically, they are an outstanding choice for upgrading the presence of a plain white shirt. As a white shirt seems objective and downplayed, it’s not difficult to change various and energizing cufflinks styles. In this way, don’t be hesitant to choose a one-of-a-kind choice that passes on your character. In any case, be confident they likewise seem cleaned enough for gatherings with the chief and customers.

Twofold/French Cuff Shirts:

Twofold/French sleeve shirts are the most well-known and exemplary choice to wear with cufflinks. They are a kind of dress shirt that highlights expanded sleeves that overlap back onto themselves to make two layers. As French sleeve shirts don’t have catches to close their sleeves, they require cufflinks, which can be embedded through the small openings on each sleeve side. On account of their regular and layered appearance, French sleeve shirts with cufflinks show up especially cleaned and modern. Accordingly, the look is ideal for formal events.

Step by step instructions to Put Cufflinks On:

You may discover sleeve fasteners a little complex to put on when you initially begin utilizing them. Notwithstanding, after some time, you’ll start to learn the interaction more straightforward. Absolutely how you put on your sleeve fasteners will rely upon their style. It would be best if you initially moved the little even bar into a vertical position for standard projectile back or T-bar sleeve fasteners. At that point, slide the finish of the cufflinks through your outside and inside sleeve button openings. The insides of each side of the sleeve ought to be contacting. Presently, return the bar to its unique situation to get your sleeve and cufflinks. For example, other cufflinks styles, those with a fixed back, don’t include a moveable bar. Like this, they need just be pushed through the openings to remain set up.

Cufflinks as a Present:

Cufflinks additionally make a superb present for any more youthful man of honor in your life who is simply graduating or entering the expert labor force interestingly. A couple of cufflinks isn’t just a “grown-up” blessing a method of saying, “Congrats, you are not, at this point a kid, however a man”– it’s a useful one at that. It is an incredibly fantastic blessing to celebrate a forthcoming event, similar to acknowledgment into his college of the decision or significant advancement in his working environment. The youngster will currently have a couple of Cufflinks for any weddings, for employee meetings, or expert occasions that he may need to join in, guaranteeing he will stand apart from a horde of friends as a young fellow who takes himself (and his picture) genuinely.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

For what reason are cufflinks so costly?

You can get spending cufflinks from online retailers and enormous stores, yet originator choices and those made utilizing top-notch metals and jewels are more expensive.

Can we wear cufflinks without a suit?

No, we didn`t wear a suit to have cufflinks. They look extraordinary on formal shirts, similar to twofold/french sleeves or catch/barrel sleeves. The adornments can be an approach to liven up a fresh white shirt or supplement a strong shading like blue. Pick texture tangle cufflinks for a less proper appearance.

Are cufflinks still in style?

Cufflinks are as yet in style, and they have gotten considerably more open to men who need to wear them. Individuals regularly notice little insights regarding somebody in a formal or business setting.