What You Need To Know – And What You Don’t – About Cufflinks

Cufflinks are an essential part of the wardrobe for any man who wants to be seen as well-groomed. The beauty of cufflinks is that you can wear them dressed up or dressed down because there are so many different styles and patterns available. Indeed, if you Google “buy cufflinks” you will get millions of returns, and some of those retailers will have several hundred different designs on offer.

Since there are so many designs, it means that you can wear cufflinks for any occasion, going to the office, a wedding, a funeral, dinner party, the theatre, and even informal occasions. The trickier part is deciding what is suitable for any particular situation.

For instance, and we have said this before, if you want to get on in your career you should most certainly wear a suit and a tie and a shirt with cufflinks when going to the office. However, you do not want to wear a pair of cufflinks that outshine those of the boss! Wearing gold cufflinks with diamonds or sapphires in them is a no-no. Something formal but quieter is the order of the day, like silver cufflinks with a smart pattern on the face.

Equally, when going to the office or any other formal event, you do not wear a pair of funky “joke” cufflinks – of which there are many – such as a pair we saw recently which is in the design of a beer bottle cap. Other designs include a barber’s pole, a rugby ball, boiled eggs, a golf buggy, police officer’s cap, a JCB digger – the list goes on and on - but those designs are definitely not for the office. If you are going to a party or a night out with the boys, then that is an entirely different matter.

But for formal occasions, silver cufflinks are always good, and if you happen to be the boss then you can up it a step and wear gold.

Another consideration is how the cufflinks fix. If you take a look online, you will find articles that describe all the different types of fixing - whale back, bullet back, chain link, ball return, stud, and more – as if the fixing is somehow of importance. Those same articles include instructions on how to fix the different types of cufflinks. Seriously! You don’t need to be Albert Einstein to be able to insert a pair of cufflinks into the cuffs, even if you have never worn them before.