Cufflinks: One of the Most Important Suit Accessories

If you are looking for a piece of accessory that will elevate the look of your suit or formal attire, you are at the right place. Cufflinks have been here for a long time, and we can promise that this won’t change in the next decade any time soon.

Man Wearing White Shirt with Cufflinks

Ever since I bought my first serious suit, I’ve been looking for ways to improve my look. When I was young, I liked to look in my dad’s accessory drawer, and when I saw his cufflinks, I never understood their need. It seemed too complex for me to fasten my shirts with such accessories.

When I got older, I started to understand the purpose of these small accessories that will separate me from the rest. I am not saying cufflinks are a must for your everyday look, but if you have a serious meeting with a client and want to make a notable appearance, get yourself a pair of cufflinks and suiting shirts.

What are Cufflinks?

First, if you are not sure about what cufflinks are, let me introduce them. Cufflinks are items of formal jewelry traditionally worn by men. They are used to fasten the sides of shirt cuffs and are typically worn for formal occasions. It is truly a timeless piece that never felt out of style. Although many formal shirts have buttons at the cuffs, custom-made or high-quality shirts let you use cufflinks to fasten your shirts. For example, if you are looking for a wedding outfit, I recommend choosing a shirt that can be used with cufflinks.

TD Links Gold Cord Plated Cufflinks
TD Links – Gold Cord Plated Cufflinks

Why Cufflinks Matter?

If you work in an environment where formal attire is required, it is worth investing in suit accessories that will make your outfit stand out from the crowd. On the other hand, cufflinks can be an excellent gift for your brother, father, or friend. If you pick a well-designed quality one, it can last a lifetime. There are cufflinks with a matching tie bar. If you want to look out for the finest detail – and by assuming you are reading this article, look out for a pair of cufflinks with a matching tie bar.

Man Wearing a White Shirt Gold Watch, Gold Ring and Black Cufflinks
Photo by Jonathan Francisca

Just as buttons come in different styles and materials, so do cufflinks – but often more extravagantly. Cufflinks are considered a more decorative choice. They can go from classic and minimalist to trendy and fanciful.

Types of Cufflinks

There are a wide array of cufflinks on the market, making them one of the best accessories to show your personality.  Opting for cufflinks associated with your hobbies or work is a great way to give strangers an indication of what you’re about.

Silver and Black Camera Looking Cufflinks
Camera Looking Cufflinks captured by Yaya The Creator

One day I was walking on the coast of Lake Balaton in Hungary and saw a well-dressed man standing next to his sailing boat. He was wearing a plain white shirt with Anchor-shaped cufflinks. I don’t know him but instantly recognized that he is passionate about his boat and sailing in general – the correct pair of cufflinks will achieve the same for you.

Cufflinks as Gifts

As mentioned, cufflinks can be a great personal gift that will stand the test of time. Cufflinks are usually sold in their own small box, which makes them the perfect birthday gifts for any man who wears suits, whether it is your colleague, a relative, or a friend.

Man in Blue Suit Jacket Wearing Gold Analog Watch
Photo by Ruthson Zimmerman

Tips for Wearing Cufflinks:

  • Do not wear cufflinks to work daily unless you own the place.
  • Wear cufflinks for formal events and meetings with clients.
  • For social functions, wear cufflinks that complement your appearance, not overpower it.
  • Cufflinks shouldn’t be showy. They should be a subtle accessory that tells a story about your personality.

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