Cufflinks are removable, alternatives to buttons that makers sew onto shirt cuffs. Cufflinks are for occasions that range from Business formal and Black tie to White tie events that usually require you wear a suit and tie. Cufflinks were signs of high class and royalty in those days, but today, they are easily accessible and readily available to every man and woman with a unique sense of style, and many have at least a pair in their possession to be used and enjoyed on all occasions.
It has become acceptable to wear them for several events such as to work, clubs, and social events. This post explores in details how a single letter, initial, monogrammed cufflink can be customized to add personality and style to your dressing for casual events. There are no hard rules to follow when it comes to creating a style, all you must do is follow some basic guidelines so that you can get the best out of your style and to always to stay on track.
STYLES OF CUFFING SHIRTS
Having access to different designs of cufflinks is one thing, knowing what to do with them is another, making it imperative you know the different styles of cuffink shirts that are available to you:
THE BARREL CUFF: The barrel style cuffing is one that the top end is overlapping with the other one, and the two end of the cuffs meet in a way that forms a barrel-style shape; hence the name “barrel cuff.”
THE KISS-CUFF: This is the most common style of cuffing shirts and involves pinching the two ends together so that they appear to be “kissing.”
Shirt cuffs are further sub-divided into two categories which are:
A distinct feature of the French cuff is the longer sleeves that you need to fold for the cufflinks to maintain four layers of fabric. The kiss-style cuff often goes well with French cuffs.
SINGLE LENGTH CUFFS:
This type of cuff is a standard and straightforward one which is more casual. The barrel cuff looks excellent with single length cuffs.
HOW TO WEAR THEM FOR CASUAL OCCASION
When you dress with a monogrammed cufflinks that have one-letter initials to match with other items of casual clothing such as stripped shirts, tweed blazers, raw denim jeans and even loafers, you are indirectly making a bold fashion statement.
CUFFLINKS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
When wearing cufflinks with other accessories for use in casual wears, it is important to ensure that they match, although not in a way that restricts their use but just to make sure that they go very well. Such accessories are not limited to wristwatches, belts, the color of shirts and pants, etc. The initial cufflinks truly stands out.
WHEN TO WEAR THEM
A pair of cufflink that you can style to suit any casual occasion is readily available, while you have absolute freedom to decide when to wear them whether for pleasure or work. A pair that matches your outfit would do for formal events.
CUFFLINKS AND COLORS
There are no iron-clad rules on how you can match the colors of your cufflinks to the outfit you want to wear. It is crucial that you know certain colors are considered to be neutral such as white, black, beige, and gray among several others. As a rule of thumb, it is okay to have the links be in concordance with the rest of your outfit. For example, if you want the outfit to be flashy, you can go with colors that contrast such as silver and black or blue and red. On the other hand, for something subtle, you may need to match a pale pink shirt with a pair of sharp pink cufflinks. For your cufflinks to match with other aspects of your outfit, it is pertinent you observe the following rules given below:
The colors of your cufflinks should be in harmony with any of the following:
- The colors of your shirt
- The colors of your pants
- Any of the colors of your tie if you are using one
- The colors of your jacket, and tweed blazers
- The color of belt, belt buckle
- The colors of your pocket square if you are using one
- Any color of shoes
- Colors of other items of clothing you might wear
GENERAL PROTOCOLS WITH SOME COLOR OF SHIRTS
WHITE SHIRTS: As stated earlier, they are of neutral color, and they give you the freedom to try out several colors of cufflinks. They are of immense use in a semi-formal environment such as the workplace which is not a formal environment in a strict sense and can provide you with that distinct look you desire so much.
BLUE SHIRTS: The standard practice is to make the color pallet of the links to be in harmony with the shirt and to go to the opposite end of the spectrum within the same color. For example, a dark blue shirt will go with light blue cufflinks.
TIPS FOR FRENCH CUFFS WITHOUT A TIE
It is possible to wear French cuffs without a tie, whether you are going to work or staying out with friends at a bar; all you need to do is follow the simple procedures below:
Because cufflinks for some men are a signature, it is vital you develop a confident look when wearing a French cuff that reflects your style.
- Try and strike a balance in your choice of color
- The shirt must be beautiful and fits you properly. A poorly made shirt is not suitable for this dress style.
- Take advantage of colors and utilize them in an amazing way that that reveals your personality.
- Put a limit to the use of joking, funny or humorous cufflinks.
HOW TO WEAR CUFFLINKS
They are easy and straightforward to put on, and you may find them becoming easier as you use them often. The following tips illustrate how to put on cufflinks:
- Fold the cuffs of your shirt so that the two holes meet at the bottom
- Get the cufflink and put the small bar at the bottom straight
- Put the cufflinks through the two adjacent holes
Secure the cuffs in place by twisting the bar at the bottom horizontally.