What are cufflinks and what are they use for
Cufflinks are piece of jewelry accessory which typically come in pair and they are used to hold together shirt cuffs which have button holes on both sides but no buttons.
It can be manufactured from a variety of different materials, such as glass, stones, leather, metal, precious metal or combination of these.
There are some history behind the cufflinks such as, some believe that French cuffs were born when napoleon ordered extra long sleeves so his soldiers could wipe their nose on the cuffs and then hide it by folding the excess back.
Legends hold that cufflinks were made popular in the 19th century by one of the most famous novelist, Alexandre Dumas. The author of The Count Of Mone Cristo influenced Paris tailors and jewellers by making them recognise the power that such small accessories were a simple way to add a hint of personality to people’s presentation.
Parts of cufflink
Types of Cufflinks
Bullet back Cufflinks
One of the most common types, these cufflinks come with bullet or capsule like shape, which makes them swivel up to 360 degrees. The bullet is turned up when inserted into shirt and secured when closed downwards. Due to the ease of the use it is most commonly used by groomsmen as wedding cufflinks, these accessories are easy to use and perfect for almost every occasion.
Whale back cufflinks
They have a flat head, a straight post, and a “whale tail” that flips completely flat against the post. They are very simple, and their large post and closing mechanism make them easy to use. This cufflink is also most popular after bullet back cufflinks.
Chain link cufflinks
This link allows for a looser cuff according to preference, and can be fastened with ease. Many chain link cufflinks are also reversible, but the ends are connected with a chain. These are the first type of cufflinks worn and made popular. The chain cufflinks give a more comfortable relaxed fit.
Ball return cufflinks
Ball Return Cuff links have a curved post with a small, heavy ball opposite the decorative head. They are fixed in place and do not have any moving or mechanical pieces. It provide a slightly looser fastening than hinged cufflinks, but a slightly tighter one than chain. They can be expensive when made in precious metals, as the size and weight of the ball adds considerably to the material cost of the item. They are easy to apply to cuffs and give a relaxed fit.
The knotted cufflinks are the most casual, the silk knot cufflink provides pops of color and ease of use. Although slightly less durable than metal cufflinks, knot cufflinks are the most affordable option out there. They are perfect for revealing that winning personality of yours, and add a little fun to your look.
Stud or button cufflinks
Stud or Button Style Cufflinks have not much mechanism. Instead, they have a large head, a straight post, and a smaller, interior head or backing. To adjust through the buttonhole of your dress shirt, simply tilt the smaller end and then straighten to secure it for wear. They are the tightest fitting links but also some of the most difficult to apply.
How to wear cufflinks
Cufflinks can be worn with either single cuffs, which look just like a regular buttoning dress shirt’s cuffs but with holes on both sides of the opening, or with doubled-back “French” cuffs.
- If you are wearing cufflinks, then choose a shirt that has long cuffs. Also make sure the shirt has holes on both the sides. French cuffs will have two holes on either side of the opening.
- Fold you cuffs back properly so that the sleeves remain quite steady and uniform.
- Get all the cuffs together on the open sides of the cuffs.
- Try to get the holes on all the cuffs together so that it would be easier for you to put the cufflink on. It means the holes on all the cuffs should be lined up with each other.
- Once the holes are in a line, insert the cufflink and make sure it is not loose. The design side of a cufflink should be facing outside.
Which Cufflink style suits you
Cufflinks for the main man. If you are a boss then select that kind of cufflink which suits your personality like sophisticated shapes and materials for a cutting-edge look. Stud/button and ball return styles should be your go-to’s to accentuate your look.
Artists are always creative in their own way. Show off your unique and creative personality through the detailed outfits, you aren’t afraid to wear things that make a statement. You can go for Knotted cufflinks or a chain link cufflinks, sometimes you can wear novelty cufflinks which will suits you fine.
Generally these type of guys love details in each thing they wear and they are innovative too. Stick to unique designs and showcase your interest in all things innovative. Bullet back and whale back cufflinks are the perfect style to represent your appreciation of fashion and function.
Tips for Wearing Cufflinks
- Do not wear cuff links to work daily unless you’re the boss.
- Wear cuff links for formal events and for interactions with clients.
- For social functions, wear cuff links that complement your appearance, not overpower it
And finally in conclusion there are no universal rules or thumb rules. Wear cufflinks when you want to wear it. The most important thing to keep in mind is being sure that you stay in tune with your style and wearing what you feel best expresses who you are.
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