How to Wear Cufflinks Like a Boss

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Cufflinks are one of those accessories that many men don’t quite know how to wear. Used to secure the cuffs of dress shirts, they’re considered quite formal, and as such there is some confusion as to when one should wear a pair. Let us set the record straight and tell you that cufflinks are:

  • One of the most important accessories a man can own
  • Sophisticated, stylish and timeless
  • An opportunity to make plain workwear stand out
  • A great way to share your individual taste.

Cufflinks are made up of all sorts of materials, from glass and stone to precious metal and leather. There are also variants in terms of how they are attached, however the most traditional design is the “double-panel”. This consists of a short post or chain connecting two disc-shaped parts, both decorated.

Cufflinks and shirts

You may have noticed that not all shirts are suitable for cufflink use, nor do they require them. Many store-bought shirts have button cuffs that can be modified to match cufflinks, but it’s not quite the same. If your shirt is already buttoned, why go to the trouble of adding a cufflink?

The double cuff, or French cuff, is the standard style of cufflink shirt you can wear. The sleeves of the shirt are made slightly longer, so that the cuff must be folded back to fit the length of your arm. This classic style of shirt oozes sophistication and separates itself as the more formal variety.

Cufflinks today

Cufflinks have been worn for centuries and offer men a chance to show a little of their personality. Paired with a plain suit they are often your only chance to bring a little “you” to your outfit and a little extra style. They also won’t break the bank, another big plus.

Cufflinks, as far as we are concerned, are an absolute must in every man’s formal wardrobe. They show the world that you care about how you look. Whether you’re off to a wedding, job interview, or you’re meeting a client, everyone you shake hands with will appreciate your effort.

Cufflinks should be worn at any occasion where presentation matters. They should also be worn slightly differently depending on the occasion or outfit…

Cufflinks for black tie or tuxedo events

Black tie events call for the more formal of cufflinks, generally a classic silver cufflink. Choose a pair with a slight hint of detail as you don’t want your cufflinks to take away from your outfit. Avoid comical or garish cufflinks as these will never go down well in this setting. If it’s something different you’re after, opt for a pair of rose gold cufflinks instead.

Cufflinks for a work meeting

Wearing a plain base colour such as white should make pairing cufflinks easy, yet many men don’t think about adding cufflinks to a plain white button-up shirt. A good set of cufflinks against a crisp white shirt can add an element of taste and sophistication to any ensemble. Be prepared to experiment with colour and pattern and if you’re not in an overly strict workplace, try to have some fun too.

Cufflinks for a blue shirt presentation

When you’re standing up in front of others presenting your latest project, it’s important you highlight your attention to detail. This might mean pairing a light blue shirt with a pair of dark blue cufflinks or vice versa. Basically, you want to compliment your shirt with a contrasting hue.

Wearing cufflinks with a casual outfit

Don’t be fooled into thinking that cufflinks can’t be worn on the weekend without a wedding. Cufflinks can be worn with almost anything, and they look great with a casual striped shirt and navy tweed blazer when worn over jeans. Add a pair of brown loafers into the mix and keep the cufflinks simple by choosing a classic silver or metal.

Tips for wearing cufflinks

  • If you’ve got other jewellery on, such as a watch, make sure your cufflinks match its metal. If your watch is platinum, your cufflinks should be too.
  • Consider colour when dealing with gemstones. Gold works well with earth-toned gemstones such as brown, blue or hunter green, whereas silver is better matched with colder colours such as grey, black, white and lilac.
  • Consider your partner. If your partner is wearing jewellery, try to match your cufflinks to the jewellery they are wearing. This is a great way to bring your two outfits together without being overly tacky.
  • Keep it simple. Traditionally, cufflinks are simply designed and not overly ornate. You want your cufflinks to complement your ensemble and add a sense of formality to it, but you don’t want them to overshadow it.
  • Think twice about novelty cufflinks. Novelty cufflinks might seem like a good idea at the time, but the occasions in which you can wear them are restricted. What’s the point in buying a great set of cufflinks only to keep them in the box?

As for how to wear cufflinks, that’s easy. Simply take your cufflink and place the small bar at the bottom straight. Fold your shirt cuff so that the two holes meet and place the cufflinks through the two adjoining holes. Finally twist the bar at the bottom so that it stays secure.

Looking for the perfect pair of cufflinks? Oxford have an extensive range of cufflinks that are sure to appeal to any taste.