Cufflinks have a long history in men’s fashion. They first appeared in France in the early sixteenth century. These early versions were made of string that tied men’s loose-fitting linen shirts together.
They would eventually be developed under the reign of Louis XIV to become known as boutons de manchette, or “sleeve buttons,” which comprised of a set of colored baubles joined together by a short, linked chain. By 1715, these simple glass buttons developed into the recognizable designs we see today consisting of studs connected by gold or silver links and have evolved into a series of refinements of the original styles.
WHAT ARE CUFFLINKS?
Cufflinks are jewelry, gentlemen. They are a way to accentuate your style and do it in a way that’s not in the face. People are going to have to — In fact, most people you walk by, they’re probably not even going to notice that you’re wearing cufflinks.
Cufflinks, in a sense, take the place of the button on a dress shirt. If it is not attached to the dress shirt, it’s most likely going to be a cufflink when it basically holds the cuff together.
HOW TO WEAR CUFFLINKS TO THE OFFICE?
Cufflinks are great for men whose offices adhere to business professional dress codes and when you want to project an image of success, particularly for criminal defense lawyers and high-end financial consultants.
WITH THE JEANS
Men generally fall into two camps on this one: those who take no issue with wearing cufflinks with jeans, and those who think they’re too dressy to be paired with such a casual item.
TO A WEDDING
A wedding is a perfect opportunity to wear cufflinks. This is regardless of whether or not you’re a groom, groomsman, father of the bride or groom, or a guest.
As weddings are celebratory occasions, the world is your oyster as it relates to your cufflink choice. If you have some personalized novelty cufflinks, go ahead and wear them. If you’re a more conservative dresser and prefer to stick to your basic nickel links, go ahead and do so.
Choose cufflinks according to your style. Dolce & Gabbana, with their distinctive and distinctive style, has cut out unique cuffs and fasteners to the cufflinks that fit perfectly with each style and fit.