Ok, so you decided that cufflinks are your thing and you want to pursue this fashion. Excellent. You will be surprised to find out that you are making a rather unique decision since a cufflink is not exactly the first option men look forward to when it comes to jewelry. While the majority aim for a fancy watch or a vintage necklace, a cufflink is a touch of grace and elegance that any man could make use of. Most often, even if men decide that cufflinks are something that deserves their interest, they often find themselves in a state of confusion. Where does one start? Can you just buy a cufflink set that you like and put them on any shirt? Do you need to take the metal into consideration? Are gemstones or any other valuables found within the cufflink worth the investment? And, most importantly, when do you get to wear these fine jewels? All of your questions are natural and you should also know that every fashion icon that you respect and look up to once found themselves in the same position. We will provide all the answers you need in this guide and we will also ensure that you are well prepared when choosing the pair that you desire. But first, let’s take a look at cufflink history and how everything evolved throughout the years.
It all started in the 16th century in France. The cufflink was a highly esteemed addition to any wardrobe. High class and royalty were always associated with the use of these pieces. As with the majority of products and services in history, the cufflink was made more available to the wider public. Nowadays it is practically inappropriate not to have at least one pair that should be worn on different occasions. However, you will be surprised to find out that you can buy cufflink sets for quite reasonable prices. The fact that they are so small and discrete can not only grant you the extra style points that you are looking for, but they can also say a lot about your personality. Take a moment and consider that women have all the jewels that they can ask for: earrings, rings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, you name it. Sadly, men could not ever boast on such a high range of jewels to adorn themselves with and when the cufflink appeared, it caused quite a revolution. But they are not as inaccessible and royal as they used to be. While the common mentality has yet to change that much in terms of prestige and reputation, these modern jewels can easily be worn in both formal and informal occasions. The only requirements that need to be met are matching metals and colors and a touch of finesse, which are both not far away from your grasp.
How to Buy the Appropriate Pair
If you are new to the entire process, everything might seem quite daunting. Worry not, it is not as complicated as you believe it is. If you want to succeed, you only need to keep the appropriate sequence in mind: cufflink research – wardrobe checkup – shopping process – trial and error. The first step (cufflink research) is being completed as you are reading through this guide. You’re already on your way to becoming an expert, see? There is nothing to worry about. Notice that this process is also useful if you are going to show online. This occurs only because you can afford looking online first and then looking in your wardrobe, but if you want to actually go in a shop and check things out, we definitely advise you to start with your wardrobe. Your wardrobe is the key element that will give you a good idea of what to buy. Here’s a funny scenario: let’s say you want to buy a cool cufflink pair but you only have shirts with buttons. What are you buying those cuffs for? Determining the dominant colors in your wardrobe is the best way for you to begin. Are you a fan of light colors? Try starting with brown or burgundy. And you can always go for gold. Gold looks good on pretty much everything. Do not, and we cannot stress this enough, do not go for golden paint. It is something that can be seen easily (even by non-experts) and you really do not want to settle for less. Look for 10K or 14K cufflink pairs. They can be found at cost-efficient prices and they are also very durable. If you are going to make an investment do it right. But what happens if you are a fan of darker colors? We got that one covered for you as well.
You might be pleased to find out that silver, blue and green are exceptional colors to match with your dark brown or black shirt. Just as previously mentioned, go with silver, not some cheap silver painting. Always aim higher, even if it costs you a little more. Ok, we got the colors out of the way, but what shape should you be choosing? This is also an easy one. The level of formality demands the shape of your cufflink pairs. If you know that everything is chill, relaxed and that you are only attending to have a good time, round shapes will prove more than useful. However, if you are going to attend a ball or a college ceremony, you might want to equip yourself with straight lines as much as possible. Associate for with your degree of freedom. Round is eternal. Straight lines means that you have some lines that you do not cross. Here’s a pro tip: should you really be interested in making a super impression, you need to get two things right – your tie and bow tie. You can use complementary colors to ensure that you have what you need. Needless to say, they also need to be a good part of your entire outfit. Semi-precious stones might be of great use to you, accompanied by modern designs. This will come to your aid when you decide to wear cufflink pairs on a daily basis.
How to Wear Them
As we mentioned in our previous Essential Steps to Cufflink Fashion guide, there are two cuffing styles: the barrel and the kiss. They are both self-explanatory: the barrel is the round shape that the shirt forms around your wrist while the kiss is achieved by uniting the two sides of the cuff. The latter style is more common, mostly because the toggle cufflink is the one that is most used, and seen of course. It often even seems more comfortable than the barrel, but that is not for us to discuss. The cuffing style that makes you feel most comfortable is obviously the best one for you. On the same note, there are two types of shirt cuffs: French and single-length. The French cuff is practically a double single-length and it is considered a stiff and formal wear. As for the single-length, it can practically be worn during any occasion. You should also be aware that there is a huge debate among gentlemen as to where and when a cufflink should be worn. Some deem them as uniquely formal accessories (given their legacy, of course), while others claim that they can be used during any occasion as they fit your wardrobe. The result of the debate is uncertain, yet there are cufflink types such as the silk knots which are the living proof that these are not formal-only additions. If you intend to keep it formal, however, you should always bear in mind that it is frowned upon not wearing a good cufflink par with a tie, bow tie or, at least, a jacket. It is entirely up to you. We do not believe that fashion should constrain you in any way.
After all, there are plenty of people in the world who make a solid impression every day by wearing things that do not seem to match with one another. And we find ourselves astonished every time we witness beautiful combinations. So here is the shortlist for what you need to remember. The cufflink is an accessory that has gone through a five century experience. It is old and it can pride itself with its association to royalty and high class, but this should not limit your choices in any way. If you want to give them a try, start by determining what your wardrobe looks like: colors, whether you are wearing more formal or informal outfits and, of course, if you have shirts to put them on to begin with. Light colors can be matched with gold or burgundy while dark ones will team up nicely with silver, blues or greens. Wear a tie or a bow tie when attending formal events and try to feel as comfortable as possible. You can decide upon cuff styles and shirt cuffs. As long as they suit your need for comfort and beauty, they are excellent. And, in the end, if you decide on maintaining an informal apparel, know that you can always rely on silk knots for a stylish or vintage look.