When should a man wear cufflinks?
It’s not a secret: whenever he is wearing a shirt with French cuffs. Antonio at the Art of Manliness makes it clear: “If a man owns a French cuff shirt he needs cufflinks.” But there’s more to it than that. Should they be worn with a jacket or without? To a wedding or to work? What about with jeans?
Shirts that are made with a Barrel cuff have a button that fastens the cuff around the wrist. French cuffs (also known as double cuffs) require a link to stay closed, hence cuff links and cuff knots. French cuffs are much more formal than Barrel cuffs, and should be worn with a suit or a jacket.
Where do you wear cufflinks?
At work they are used in more formal occasions where a man would wear a suit, such as meeting with clients or attending conferences. They may also be worn in more formal social settings. Weddings, receptions and galas where a man is wearing a suit or blazer are perfect places to wear cufflinks. They are a great way to add a sense of style over boring buttons.
The most timeless cufflink styles are made from either sterling silver or mother of pearl. For someone looking for a more creative option with a modern twist, Wood Cufflinks are a great option. And should you wear them with jeans? It’s up to you if you want to embrace the “Formal Farmer” look to its fullest.
Simple cufflinks should complement a man’s sense of style, and it is important to keep in mind that even the most subtle pair will contrast with a shirt and call attention to the wearer. Huckleberry’s blog says “cuff links should complement, not overpower, a man’s overall appearance and style.”
So wear them with a suit coat and when you give off that formal vibe. Christian McQueen stated it bluntly: “Never wear cufflinks without a suit coat. Never. You’ll look more like a waiter, than James Bond, I can promise you that.” And we can all use a little more James Bond in our lives.