Cufflinks are the equivalent of men’s jewelry and can be created from different materials and in different shapes. Each shape and shade accentuates a different part of men’s clothing. Their main utility is to close the cuffs of a shirt and to bring an extra personality or elegance to an outfit. At the same time, they can be the perfect gift for any man. Personalize them according to the occasion and the preferences of the man who will wear them and you will give the perfect gift.
This wonderful pieces are finally a set of jewelry created exclusively for men (although, today, they are also used by women) have that special power to raise the outfit to another level. Initially, they were designed to support and ennoble the cuffs of shirts for black-tie and white-tie outfits. Today, cufflinks are considered affordable fashion accessories in both business and event attire. Sometimes less formal variants are added in smart-casual, everyday outfits.
Cufflinks are a stylish accessory, and matched with a suitable suit, they create a memorable impression when seen from under the jacket. They are, in fact, among the only acceptable accessories for a gentleman in a suit, along with a watch, tie pin and handkerchief.
In essence, cufflinks are reserved for special occasions, events or business meetings, but can also be worn at the office, every day. But when the occasion requires a formal outfit, the buttons are an excellent choice.
There are a few simple rules for a correct approach to buttons:
# Opt for a formal shirt with a double cuff or French cuff. Buttons have been created for these types of cuffs. But you can also wear them with button cuff or barrel cuff, in less formal outfits.
# Choose the buttons according to the event and the color of the shirt. Non-colors and the classic style are a safe variant from a stylistic point of view.
# Avoid models with comic figurines in general, especially in business or event costumes.
# Make sure that the length of the shirt sleeve reaches the base of the thumb, and that the cuff supported by the button hugs the wrist perfectly.
From the exclusive ones to the funny ones, there are a lot of types of shirt buttons. When it comes to choosing buttons, it is very important that they are made of a durable material. Buttons can be made of different materials, and sometimes they can be combined. The classic button model involves metal, but depending on the occasion of the event you attend, there are alternatives.
# Textile buttons – buttons made of textile are more affordable than metal ones. They are made of textiles such as silk and often have different colors. Woven buttons are recommended for relaxed environments. They are ideal for more relaxed social situations because they highlight your attention to detail. They can be easily worn at the office every day and matched with casual clothes.
# Metal and textile buttons – these buttons incorporate both metal and textile and create an effect that denotes class and elegance. The informal character denotes that they are produced especially for a casual outfit, they are the kind of buttons that go with a sweater or a cardigan.
# Fixed type buttons – this type of buttons are fixed, without key, easy to put on the shirt. Although they are made of metal, they rarely have precious materials due to the risk of losing them. Weared with a French cuff, they offer a certain lightness. For this reason, it is recommended that they be worn with a suit. This type of buttons falls into the category of elegant buttons and is worn on special occasions. They will have the same impact at a business meeting as at a wedding.
# Classic buttons with closure – they are the most common type of buttons and are attached to the cuff with a folding key. Discreet and of medium weight, they can have innumerable shapes although the most popular are the rectangular, square or round ones. Their exterior is often decorated with precious stones and patterns. Alternatively, you can opt for those that have unique shapes. The back key can be in the “bullet” style or the “flat” style. Both styles assume the certainty that you will not lose them.
Regardless of the button closure system or cuff style, there is only one way to fasten the buttons to the shirt. You need to grasp the ends of the cuff and align them so that the holes overlap, then insert the button through both holes until it is fixed.
You must be careful that when you wear the jacket, at least one centimeter of the cuff of the buttoned shirt is visible. You can also purchase custom buttons that suit your personality.
Cufflinkss can take unexpected and fun shapes such as a golf club, a soccer ball, a car, a clock mechanism and many other creative designs. They can be engraved or customized according to everyone’s passions.