Cufflinks are designed to put together shirt cuffs which have buttonholes on both sides but no buttons. They were important item jewelry for boys and men back in those days. They come in various sizes, shapes and you can make them with a variety of materials such as glass, metal, stone, leather, precious metal or combination of these materials. The button holes may be either single or double-length which are also known as French cuffs and are usually worn either by style “barrel” (as it is called) with one end overlapping the other or by “kissing,” with the ends pinched together. The “kissing” cuffs are usually preferred while the “barrel" became famous in the 19th Century, and was used by the clown and entertainer Dan Rice.

Locking or securing the cufflinks is usually by the use of toggles on the design of the front section, which the user can fold into position. In addition to that are variants with a rigid bent rear section or chains. Front parts of cufflinks can be decorated with inset materials or enamel, inlays and designed in two or three-dimensional form. The visible parts of the cufflink often have decorations such as a birthstone, in a way that it reflects an association or hobby. The visible parts of cufflinks can be monogrammed or decorated in several ways such as with birthstone and shells.


Although they may appear as a very simple fashion accessory, as stated earlier, cufflinks come in different shapes, design, colors, closure, and materials, therefore it is important you choose which pair best suits your style. The following, examines common types of cufflinks you are likely to come across:


This kind of cufflink has a Whaleback which in essence means that it is of large size, usually with a flat face and has a “whale tail” that flips back to close the link. It comes in handy for people that find it hard to hold on to small things owing to the large size of their hands. The following distinct features characterize it:

  • They have a tremendous post and closing mechanism which makes handling and use very easy.
  • Usually, they have a straight face post with a flat whale tail attached to the end
  • To lock the Whale closure, flip against the post and back again
  • Arguably the most common type of cufflinks you’d find on the market.


The following are simple steps you need to take when attaching the whale back cufflinks to the cuff of your shirt:

  • Flip over the whale backing straight so that it is flush to the post.
  • Take hold of the cufflink with your thumb and pointer finger while using the rest of your fingers to hold the top section of the cuff still.
  • Push the cufflink post through the holes of the upper and lower portions of the cuff by making sure that both sections meet with each other.
  • Once the post and backings are through the cuff fabric, flip the back so that it is perpendicular to the post and secures the cufflink.

The remarkable thing about this cufflinks is that it offers the user a very secure support that locks into place once flipped.


They are similar to Whaleback cufflinks because they are characterized by a large sized flat head but differ from them by having a bullet-shaped capsule that holds it in place between two posts with an empty frame. Its distinct features include:

  • Most common type of cufflinks owing to the ease of use and security
  • Two separate posts balance the torpedo capsule
  • Align the post by flipping the bullet at 90 degrees and then back again to secure it.


  • The procedure is quite similar to that described above for Whaleback cufflinks.
  • Lock and secure the cufflink on the shirt; the cylinder is flipped back horizontally, leaving the frame in place as the post.

This cufflink style is probably one of the most common of all cufflinks and a very easy one to put on too.


They usually have two heads that are often identical and connected by a short length of chain. It has the following attributes:

  • They are the most traditional and original of all types of cufflinks you can ever find.
  • When worn, it is presented on both sides of the cuffs, while the chain allows a looser cuff.


  • Hold the top section of the cuff with your middle, ring, and pinky fingers, and using your thumb and pointer finger, push the back of the cufflink through the top cuff’s holes.
  • Bring the top to meet with the bottom of the cuff, and again, employ your thumb and pointer finger to press forward the back of the cufflink all the way through the holes of the lower section of the shirt cuff.
  • Although they are a bit tricky to wear, using the chain cufflinks affords you some benefits, which includes the following:
  • The flexibility of the chain between the front and back portions of cufflink gives a relaxed cuff fit.
  • It gives an attractive look to both sides of the cuff.


A motif made by combining two or more letters or graphemes to form one symbol is a monogram. The visible part of cufflinks can be monogrammed in various ways so that it can reflect a hobby or association as recognizable logos or symbols by combining the initials of an individual or company.

Shell Cufflinks, on the other hand, are made from artificial and natural collection of shells, which gives a profound ornamental piece of jewelry that is incredible to behold. They come various sizes and colors.


You can use cufflinks with informal attire or business suits, casual wear, semi-formal and formal wear, where they are in effect required and matched with shirt studs. You should take the following into account when selecting your accessories:

  • Ornate or whimsical styles best suit informal or casual events, while on the other hand; formal wear has a different tone of style that is best suited for white tie events.
  • Some tailoring experts once stipulated that gold cufflinks are worn at daytime while silver should be for evening wear, but neither is considered critical in today’s fashion world.

Expectedly, it is not unusual for fashion conscious men to coordinate the metal of their cufflinks with other fashion accessories such as rings, watch case, bracelets, belt buckle, and tie bars.