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Cufflinks: Style Guide for Fashion Clueless Men

Thursday, 18 February 2010

cufflinksWhy modern men need cufflinks, if they have buttons? This is not a matter of practicality, but style. Why do men buy diamond-studded cigarette lighters, if they can buy a plastic lighter or - if they are truly conservative - a box of matches? Probably, some men refuse to be reduced to that drab and miserable practicality, preferring to expand their options.

Men who use cufflinks exude power and style. Men who use cufflinks show the world that they are keen on design, details and quality of their wardrobe. Cufflinks comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and materials. They can enhance the appearance of every wardrobe and there are one that will surely match your taste and style in clothing, one must know how to choose cufflinks which are best suited for a certain dress you have.

Traditionally, cufflinks are worn for white and black tie affairs or with a fancy shirt where cuff buttons don't come standard. The official rules say formal events call for silver, gold or platinum cuffs; they can be adorned with jewel stones and embellishments and should be elegant. Recently though, the cufflink, one of the best man accessories, has a new identity. Surgical steel cufflinks are becoming more casual, fun, and easier to wear. You can personalize them with anything from your initials to a small laser etched photo of your dog. No need to be made of solid gold, or carry any kind of bling, its more about what they say about you and the bit of flair it adds to complete your everyday look. Casual cufflinks are the new must have for the fashion-conscious man.

Cufflinks were invented in the early 17th century by the civilized men's from Europe who previously were used to wear ribbons and ties which made them look cultured and refined. In the ancient's era, kings were used to wear golden, silver or a platinum buttons on their dresses which showed the prosperity of the king.

A century later, the French cuff began to appear; this is the style of dress shirt which requires cufflinks to hold the cuffs of the sleeves together. By the mid 1800's this style of dress shirt became the standard.

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, cufflinks became very popular. No longer used just by royalty, cufflinks made from chromed metal and incorporating glass and plastics made stylish cufflinks affordable to the common man.

Wearing Cufflinks

Wearing cufflinks is a sign of sophistication and class, and you should consider buying a pair that matches your outfit well. These are important to have, especially dressing to impress your colleagues during a party or meeting, and are by all means an integral part of power dressing. These are part of men's accessories which must not be overlooked, and all the more so during formal events.

Cufflinks come in a wide range of designs, color and material just like any other fashion accessory. More intricate details and design variations are evident in contemporary cufflinks. They should be worn with well color-coordinated suits and shirts to maximize their total effect on your wardrobe.

Cufflinks can also be worn with your favorite silk or bow tie. You just have to make sure that each picks up the theme or color of the other to establish balance and coordination among your accessories. If your cufflinks have different colored stones, you can choose the dominant color to match with your tie. Of course, the color of your cufflinks and your tie should also complement the color of your dress shirt. This is the rule of thumb, so it's important that you don't forget.

Choosing Cufflinks

Selecting the cufflinks can be difficult at first, but all it takes is a good eye for men's fashion to pick the right one for you. So, what are the things you need to consider when looking for the right pair? It all really depends on your taste, but here are some tips to help you decide.

The first thing that you have to consider when choosing the right pair of cufflinks is their utility and function. Look for a pair that is durable enough to do so. It would also help if they have other functions to them as well. Some even have watches attached to them. Others have more elaborate designs such as hinges and lockets that also contribute to their usefulness. Remember, though, that these features are merely 'nice-to-haves' and not 'must-haves' when choosing cufflinks.

Of course, quality also greatly contributes to your overall appeal, and having older cufflinks can add a lot to your appearance. Always remember that fashion is an investment - one that you can definitely use wherever you go.

If you are a tad indecisive about which color to choose, try going for silver. Silver cufflinks can easily complement other colors, regardless of whether they are light or dark ones. They are sure to attract the attention of others around you simply because they look good on you. Silver is a cool color, so you don't need to worry about it being too loud or flashy to wear.

Not only do silver cufflinks complement your clothes, they can match your skin tone as well. Those with a fair complexion would find that the color matches them well. Having cufflinks of this color helps you bring out your skin color naturally. This also goes with people with darker complexion, so there isn't really any need to worry. As long as jewelry is concerned, the color silver, along with black, goes with almost anything.

In summary, choosing the right cufflinks depends on a lot of factors. Utility is the first thing to consider when choosing. Quality is another, since having higher-grade items can greatly add to your overall appeal. Selecting the right color would be easier, but when you find the choices a bit confusing, just stick with silver. Not only does the color complement the color of your clothes, but it also complements your skin tone.

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