Girls move aside! It’s time for the guys… Mr.Michail of our beloved It’s a Man’s class, after he shared with us all the secrets if a bespoke suit, this time he gives tips and advises about cufflinks. Don’t be afraid dear future groom to be… you will be groom just once (we hope…) and this is a chance to show your personal style and be as chic as you can. Okay we don’t forget about the bride but it is your day as well! Don’t forget that and let the expert to tell you everything…
What are cufflinks?
Cufflinks, accessories that first appeared in the 16th century in France, were a sign of royalty and high class. Today, they are used by everyday men to add extra personality and style to their outfit, as they can totally transform a plain white shirt and may bring out your whole outfit.
Cufflinks are mostly formal or semi-formal and the proper outfit to wear them is a suit or a tuxedo combined with a tie or a bow-tie.
In order to wear a pair of cufflinks you need a shirt with special cuffs. There are two types of cuffs:
- The Kiss cuff: The cuffs are pinched together and the ends look like they kiss. Kiss cuffs are mainly better with French cuffs, which are longer sleeves that must be folded, in order to hold four layers of fabric. French, also, call them Musketeers and they are the dressiest type of cuffs.
- The Barrel-style cuff: The top end is being overlapped with the other one. This is the most discrete way to wear a pair of cufflinks, while the look better with a single length cuff, which is the most common and casual.
In order to have a balanced, stylish and sharp appearance, one should know, at first, his own style. How could you characterize it? Casual? Sporty? Classic?
Once you find your style, everything will be easier in choosing the right accessories. There are different styles of cufflinks, different metals, plating, stones and materials.
One should tune the cufflinks to the occasion, the outfit, the mood and his style. For example, for a special occasion you should wear a pair of quality classic cufflinks with your formal suit, not a pair of funny ones.