Cufflinks – Where they come from and why you should wear them


Let’s face it: Us men don’t have many accessories to choose from and our repertoire has only dwindled even more over the last few decades. Gone are the Fedora hats and tie pins have also become an icon of the last generation’s bankers or lawyers. (I remember buying one for my first job interview, which wasn’t even in the financial sector).

However, cufflinks are a different story in my opinion. These useful tools first emerged in the 16th century as a sign of privilege for those from royalty.  It was only after two centuries that they became truly mainstream and popular. Back then, cuffs did not have working buttons and men used ribbons and laces to keep them in place. Along came the cufflink, which represented a much more elegant solution to the modern man.

Cufflinks – An elegant solution for the modern man

Things seemed to take a turn in the 1970s though – popularity of casual wear, together with an increase in cheap plastic buttons meant that the usage of cufflinks drastically declined while more and more shirts with buttons and buttonholes were being brought to the mass market. Once on the verge of extinction, cufflinks made a surprising comeback in the last few decades. Men started wearing these discerning accessories both at work and even on more informal occasions.

Being one of the rare pieces of male jewellery we have at our disposal, the trusted cufflinks can help add some small, but noticeable individuality to our otherwise bland shirts and elevate that level of elegance and sophistication to the next stage. In my personal opinion, cufflinks look especially smart when wearing it with a matching jacket. This allows the sleeve to protrude beyond the sleeves ever so slightly – the unofficial guideline is ca. 0.5 inches (1.27cm), but it is such a subjective matter that there is no hard and fast rule.

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