Cufflinks are a unique, sophisticated, functional, yet ornamental accessory used to secure shirt cuffs. They’re a great way to add a personal touch to an ensemble. Wearing cufflinks signifies that you pay attention to details, therefore, you always stand out from the rest of the crowd. Traditionally they were only worn at court and formal settings in the late 1800’s; however, today they can be worn in numerous sartorial milieu’ such as: casual-wear, informal attire, business suits, semi-formal/black tie, or formal/white tie. Cufflinks can be worn by both men and women and are typically worn with a french cuff or double cuff shirt.
Cufflinks are manufactured from a variety of materials i.e. glass, stone, leather, metal, precious metal or a combination of these. As well, the front section or most visual section of a cufflink is usually decorated with either gemstones, inlays, inset material or enamel. What’s more, they can be designed in two or three-dimensional form for added appeal, and they can be monogrammed. The most common types of cufflinks due to ease and security are the bullet back closure, whale back closure, and swivel back closure.
How to Wear Cufflinks
Bullet Back Cufflinks
These cufflinks have a torpedo capsule that is suspended between two separate posts. The bullet has a narrow cylinder of metal that’s nested inside the frame and can be flipped on its axis to bring it through the buttonhole and then flipped outward to secure the cufflink on the cuff.
Whale Back Cufflinks
These cufflinks have a flat head, a straight post, and the infamous whale tail. This tail flips completely flat against the post, then it inserts into the buttonhole. Once its fitted firmly into the buttonhole, the whale tail end flips back and secures the cufflink in place on the cuff.
Swivel Back Cufflinks
These cufflinks have a back piece that swivels forward and makes it extremely easy to thread through a shirt cuff. Once the shirt is threaded, it then swivels back into place to hold the cuff together.
When pairing cufflinks for everyday looks, neutral colors such as black, gold or silver go with just about all color shirts. However, if you decide to venture into brighter and bolder colored cufflinks suck as red, green or purple they pair better with beige or tan shirts or suits. On the other hand, special occasions such as weddings or black-tie affairs call for diamond or jewel encrusted cufflinks to add pizzaz. In addition, when choosing cufflinks as a gift for someone, it’s always best to go with solid gold cufflinks, as they pair well with most suits and tuxedos. Moreover, for a clean crisp look, a simple rule of thumb is to refrain from choosing novelty pieces and to always choose elegant and guileless cufflinks.
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