Cufflinks? Who wears cufflinks? It’s the 21st century. Nobody wears cufflinks.
Really? It might surprise you to learn that if you go on to Google and search for “buy cufflinks” you get over 87 million results. Try “designer cufflinks” and that gives you 77 million results. So, it would appear that quite a lot of men, and women too, wear cufflinks, otherwise there wouldn’t be so much demand for them.
And some people go for the more expensive type of cufflinks too. Try entering “buy silver cufflinks online in the UK” and you still get 9.4 million returns. Just clicking at random on one of those results, we found that they have over 1,000 designs of silver and silver-plated cufflinks - and this is a company whose speciality is actually men’s ties!
So yes, cufflinks are very much in vogue for men who dress to impress, and they are a lot more common than you might think. OK, we all know that many men have ditched the tie, although heaven knows why. Ties can say so much about a man, and the choice of ties is almost limitless along with cufflinks. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that a tie needs to be – well – tied, and for a lot of men it is just too much hassle. That is one of the things that has come to the fore in the 21st century, and that is that many people want everything to be as easy as possible.
Unfortunately, that boils down to sheer laziness. After all, just how long does it take to tie a tie? And what it does for the smart man – and we mean smart in the sense of intelligent as well as looking great – is that by wearing a tie to work he know that he will gain respect from fellow workers, and more importantly his bosses. Who are they most likely to consider for promotion when there is a vacancy? Someone who goes to the office in jeans and a T-shirt, or someone who dresses smartly? All else being equal, the man who is smart is going to get the job every time.
And the same thing applies to cufflinks. As with ties, there is an almost limitless choice of cufflinks available to buy, whether online or at your favourite tailor’s. Mind you, if you are wearing them for work or for a formal occasion you need to choose the right sort of design.
Just at random, we looked back at the web store we mentioned above and found cufflinks in the shape of a JCB digger, a silver smiley face, a motorbike, a Batman design, a stag’s head, and a pheasant, among others, and those are probably not the sort of cufflinks that you would want to wear to the office because they will hardly impress the boss.
Another thing that you need to consider with cufflinks is that you do not want to outdo the boss either. Wearing a pair of gold cufflinks with diamonds or sapphires in them might make you look impressive to many people but if it outshines the pair that the boss is wearing that day it is not going to do you a lot of good. You need something that is formal, but understated, which shows respect.
Of course, if you are going to a party or out to dinner with your best mates, then you can throw caution to the winds. You want a JCB digger on your cuffs, or a smiley face? OK, go for it. It will give everyone a laugh and be a talking point. But not to the office.
At Wimbledon Cufflink Company we produce a range of cufflinks that are perfect for formal occasions or going to the office or out to visit customers. Cufflinks that are smart and yet identify you as a man who dresses for the occasion and who is going somewhere in the world. So, we have cufflinks which celebrate your heritage such as the Three Lions (if you’re English), the American Star, the head of Liberty on the Statue of Liberty, the Fleur de Lis, and many, many, more. Take a look through our selection and choose the design that resonates with you.