A good suit on a man is to woman what a lady in lingerie is to a man, or so the saying goes. Cufflinks are tools for fastening shirt cuffs closed.They’re an alternative to the buttons that are commonly sewn onto shirt cuffs. The defining feature is that cufflinks are separate objects: sew it onto the shirt and it’s a button, but if it’s fully removable it’s a cufflink.Just like buttons, cufflinks come in many shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. They usually offer a little more contrast than a button, and are considered a more ornamental option, but they’re not inherently more or less formal.
A cufflink fastens a shirt by sliding through holes on either side of the cuff opening, then swinging into a locked or fixed position to hold the sides together.Cufflinks can be made of almost anything, and ornamented with everything from precious stones to repurposed novelty junk. Gold, silver, and platinum are obvious favorites, especially for cufflinks that have no other decorative materials, and that rely on the quality of their metal alone for aesthetic value.
Men do not require cufflinks at work on a day-to-day basis – simple button-down shirts with buttoned cuffs are appropriate most of the time. Since cuff links are formal, it may contribute to an awkward work environment at the office – setting some employees apart from others. While there is no hard and fast rule, people should wear cuff links in work-related settings when they are conducting business with the outside world.
At social events –
In formal social settings, it is much more appropriate for men to wear cuff links without giving as much thought to event. During formal social events, like galas, weddings, receptions, parties, and balls, men should feel at liberty to wear cuff links. Indeed, it is expected that men will take their style beyond plain vanilla shirts that use standard, boring buttons to hold the cuffs. Cuff links add an element of elegance to a man’s outfit, so it makes sense for men to wear them.
Some cuff links can be tacky or loud, attracting too much attention and taking away from the overall outfit. This should not happen. Cuff links should complement, not overpower, a man’s overall appearance and style. As long the cuff links are chosen and worn tactfully, there are no hard and fast rules. Wear cufflinks when you want to wear cufflinks.