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When To Wear Cufflinks

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A sure fire way to add a subtle element of luxury to a gentleman’s outfit is via an ornate cufflink choice. We aren’t talking about cheap, tacky, novelty high street versions but a carefully selected piece of jewellery that is both functional and decorative. Small attention to detail like this is what being a modern gentleman is all about.

The cufflinks functionality is to replace the button needed for holding a mans shirt cuff together. Although the majority of shirts in a menswear wardrobe are made single cuff and without the need for a cufflink, introducing some key double cuff shirts can help elevate your style. Men aren’t going to be wear cufflinks every day but choosing them at some key work and social times will live long in the memory of those around you.


Wearing cufflinks on a daily basis can help a man exude an air of confidence and authority. So if you are currently in a low or mid-level office position then they may send out a conflicting message. In this environment leave it to the CEO’s and Senior Management of the business. Where you can introduce them is in a more formal setting and always in combination with a full suit. Maybe you have been asked to attend a conference, some client drinks or your company’s annual gala event.


Now I don’t expect any man to be rocking a pair of cufflinks to pick up the paper or go for a coffee. I would hold back until you have a nice event to attend. It is coming up to wedding season and a pair of cufflinks with your choice of wedding suit will be a great touch. If you are the one getting married maybe your father has a pair you could wear on the day.

Outside of weddings then any black tie event or party where a suit wouldn’t look out of place is a good place for men to start.

Style Notes

Remember the cufflinks you choose should not overpower the outfit you have chosen. They are used to subtlety add a key sartorial touch that will give a nod of appreciation from peers rather than draw expressions of vulgarity. When looking for options take note of colours like you would any accessory and experiment with the wealth of materials available. At all costs avoid novelty. A pair of dice or pin-up girls are never going to ever look good on men.



Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.

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