Whether you are attending a wedding or a boardroom meeting, nothing subtly demonstrates your sense of style like a set of cufflinks.
From novelty offerings like the Millennium Falcon to an exquisite Italian crafted set of cufflinks from Salvatore Ferragamo – the options for men are truly limitless.
But often with fashion there are a set of ‘rules’ that are based around what you should wear and when.
However, those rules are constantly in flux and can be easily confused. Fortunately though, we put together a few pointers on what to consider when picking out your next pair of cufflinks.
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If you are going to a black tie event (i.e. oftentimes a wedding or formal gathering where a tux is worn), a standard pair of cufflinks typically clad in silver or have subtle designs elements will be appropriate.
These low-key designs to cufflinks will ensure that they don’t detract from the rest of your suit and will generally complement your overall style.
If you are tempted to wear a dash of color on your cufflinks – this is still going to be ok…
But we recommend adding a personal touch:
Should you be attending a wedding, try and get the scoop on what the bridesmaids will be wearing (i.e. purple dresses of bridesmaids would pair perfectly with purple cufflinks).
But even if you don’t feel like putting down over $400 on a pair of cufflinks, a simple design like this offering by Salutto would make an excellent choice.
Contrary, if you are going to a white tie event that is extremely formal, then you will undoubtedly want to pick up a cufflink that is clad in pearl, silver, or another light color material.
Lastly, casual wear:
When it comes to the daily office grind or even a simple dress-up on the weekends, you are absolutely allowed to have some fun.
The point here is to relax and let your personality speak through your design choices!
If you are on a shoestring budget, the folks over at thetiebar.com have a pretty vast selection of cufflinks at an incredibly affordable price.
If it’s your first time ever picking up a pair of cufflinks, not to fret – they are incredibly easy to use.
Instead of dribbling on here in writing, we found this really well produced video by Gentux that demonstrates all the steps (only ~ 1 minute in duration):
For all the Star Wars fans out there, these Millennium Falcon cufflinks are for you.
These brass cufflinks are electroplated with nickel and adorned with enamel decorations.
The electroplating helps to hide scratches and scuffs, but even if you do see some wear it will just add to the overall look of the set.
These are not shiny cufflinks, but they look great as a subtle way to show off your inner nerd without being obvious about it.
Goes great with any shirt, and are a fantastic conversation starter.
Now you too can passionately explain to the woefully unfamiliar that a parsec is a measurement of distance and not time.
Good looking cufflinks are hard to come by, but finding truly innovative designs without breaking the bank is even harder.
Enter BABAN’s Steampunk cufflinks; these little accessories look like watch parts complete with silver finish and little brass gears.
As an added bonus, the gears move when played with, so idle fingers are never bored with these cuff decorations.
They work with any shirt pattern or color, though black and white shirts look best.
These Steampunk cufflinks also work for either formal or casual wear, so whether you are at a wedding or in the office, these will always be appropriate.
BABAN ships these beautiful accessories in a faux alligator skin box which in itself is an added touch of class.
A little goes a long way with these cufflinks.
They do not feature the standard spinning fastener many cufflinks do, and instead opt for a stationary, single piece look that is reminiscent of tuxedo buttons.
The entire cufflink is a shining silver color, is Italian-made, and is accented by a classy etched grain design in the middle.
Overall, the piece is very eye catching.
With it being a very neutral color, it goes with all colors of suits and shirts without clashing or coming across as gaudy.
Because it is also a single piece, it is not going to break unless it is acted upon by a very strong force.
These Italian-made BOSS round cufflinks are an ageless piece that will be in fashion for years to come; however, because of the brand name, they are also rather expensive.
For unrivaled class, the John Varvatos square cuffs are the way to go.
They feature a smooth onyx face with etched detailing along the sides, making for an elegant and classy overall look.
The face is mounted on a silver bracket, which is finished with a perfect weathered but put-together look.
Wear these cufflinks with a plain white shirt and black suit to make the most pop, but they can be worn with any shirt and suit combination thanks to the coloring.
However, they are very expensive.
If you are looking for yourself, this cufflink set is a sophisticated statement that is classy and unique.
Rock on with these gorgeous cufflinks.
Crafted in England and shipped to wherever you are, these are the highlight of what rock and roll used to be.
They are made of sterling silver, and the guitar decoration is highlighted with black enamel, making the cufflinks pop against both dark and light backgrounds.
The detail in the guitar is phenomenal, with the strings clearly visible against the fretboard and dials found on many electric guitars can be seen etched into the silver surface.
These cufflinks make a perfect gift for lovers of music, be it modern rock or ‘80s speed metal.
The domed backing on this pair makes for a great place to engrave initials to further personalize the cufflinks.
The exhilarating rush of travelling to new places is not lost on some people.
These cufflinks are a symbol of places yet untraveled and lands unexplored.
These cufflinks are designed in the shape of a jet turbine, and are perfect for people who love to fly.
Made with brushed, aircraft-grade aluminum to create a silvery steel finish, these are classy but fun for the traveler in your life.
Or, perhaps, you are a traveler yourself and would love to have cufflinks that feature spinning blades.
Yes, these cufflinks have little black blades that spin which adds a novelty factor to otherwise classic cufflinks.
Deakin & Francis products are made in England, but are shipped to passionate people all around the world.
The Gucci brand has long been considered the brand of celebrities and fashionistas.
They output high quality goods that are a pleasure to wear and always in style.
These cufflinks, sporting the Gucci brand, are a sterling silver accessory that are easy to wear both casually and formally.
They are a very lightweight cufflink due to their 1/2 inch diameter, which can make it feel as though you are not wearing cufflinks at all.
However, there is no fear of losing them as they feature a secure backing to prevent slipping out.
They are sterling silver and while the edges are textured, it is not overbearingly so. The silver coloring is a very timeless look, and the fact that they are a well-known brand is sure to garner the right kind of attention.
Whether you wear cufflinks for formal events like weddings or casually every day, nothing beats a classic single-letter cufflink.
These cufflinks are simplistically designed, with a steel finish that has been polished until it shines.
A single letter adorns each cufflink stem, and are held in place by a typical rotating lock to ensure that they don’t get lost.
Because of their color they can be worn with any color shirt, and with a whole range of letters to choose from, they make a great gift for every occasion.
They also make great gifts for your groomsmen as an affordable way to personalize your wedding party.
If you can’t decide on a single pair of cufflinks, JOVIVI offers a set of four classic cufflinks that are perfect for every occasion.
They are all made with stainless steel to ensure a clean and shiny look throughout the life of the cufflink.
In this set, there are two square pairs of cufflinks.
The first is a traditional black square link, with a stainless steel square decoration in the middle.
The second is simply a black square with a very subtle weave design.
There is also a round set of cufflinks with a zig-zag design and a cubic zirconia stone inlayed in the center, which is perfect for dark or light colored shirts.
Finally, a bar cufflink that is entirely stainless steel is a perfect alternative for any shirt without being noticeable.
All four cufflinks are designed to add just a subtle hint of class, and due to the color of each pair, they will go with any combination of jacket and tie.
10. Plane Cufflinks
Plain plane cufflinks are an ideal way to show people that you are a seasoned traveller who loves to be in the sky.
These cufflinks are simple brass in the shape of an airplane, and feature no additional decorations.
However, they are sturdy, and the back of these are designed to be easily slipped on but not slipped off.
These cufflinks are extremely affordable as well, and would make a good addition to any collection.
Despite not being much to look at, they are a very nice gift to give to anyone who likes traveling around the world and go great with many different colors.
Nothing beats the ageless look of a square cufflink with your initial on it.
These stainless steel cufflinks are both elegant and classy; a single zircon gem adorns the corner of these 1-inch long cufflinks that add just a touch of richness to the overall look, and your initial tastefully engraved on the side is the very height of class.
If you are looking at these, you are a man of sophistication.
You don’t need to make a statement with accessories, you are the statement.
These cufflinks are just little decorations that show what kind of man you are.
A man with high standards and impeccable taste.
The call of the Mediterranean Sea serves as the inspiration for these cufflinks.
The classic Gancini design coupled with a sailing-inspired rope embellishments makes this set a classic addition to any wardrobe.
The body of these cufflinks are made of brass, and the Ferragamo logo is engraved on the links’ toggle closure piece.
The design is minimal; it is simply the brand’s symbol wrapped in a rope design to produce a nautical vibe, but because of its simplicity and solid color, it goes with a wide variety of shirt and suit colors.
Other than the fact that it is a Ferragamo product, there is nothing especially noteworthy about these cufflinks.
However, they are nice, and if you are a collector of good-looking cufflinks, or looking to add a classy but subtle nautical detail to your ensemble, this would make a valuable addition.
13. Skull Cufflinks
These cufflinks are a stylish addition to any shirt.
Designed after the traditional Mexican practice of making sugar skulls, these intricate cufflinks feature patterns and embellishments that accentuate the curvature of the skull.
The brass cufflinks are given a dark wash over the majority of the body, while the eyes, teeth, and skull are highlighted by gold.
The eyes are a particular point of interest, as they hold a crystal stone to serve as the eyes – or lack thereof.
These cufflinks also come in white for a more traditional take on the classic Day of the Dead practice.
Whichever color you choose, both look great with any outfit and are sure to stir up compliments wherever you go.
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