Bringing Cufflinks Back into Style
Cufflinks. An accessory only worn at the most formal of occasions, right? Maybe once that statement was accurate, but this is simply not the case any longer. Increasingly, cufflinks are being recognised by the sophisticated dressers among us as the incredibly versatile accessory that they are. Equally well suited to everyday office attire as they are to formal occasions and suiting up, cufflinks are the perfect way to add a touch of uniqueness and individuality to your outfit.
Of course, cufflinks might not be to everyone’s tastes. You may be sitting there reading this and thinking to yourself, “I’m not the right person to wear cufflinks”. If that is the case, then the cufflinks you are thinking of are likely to be those of the past. In the past, cufflinks meant status and luxury – they were a symbol of wealth designed to show off at events and social gatherings. Nowadays, however, cufflinks are great for expressing individual personality through jewellery and style choices.
A Brief History
Cufflinks started life in the 1600s, although they didn’t become common until the end of the 18th century. Their increased popularity was initially linked to the development of the men’s shirt. As favoured styles and manufacturing methods changed over the years, the design of shirts also changed. However, it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century when the modern cufflink really took off. Men in England’s middle and upper classes began to wear cufflinks as an outward symbol of their class and status. This trend soon spread to Europe and across the world, with increasingly colourful and elaborate styles arriving on the scene. From the 1950s onwards, though, the popularity of cufflinks began to decline as styles changed alongside people’s attitudes to class and wealth. Luckily, this decline didn’t spell the end for the cufflink, as a resurgence began in the 1980s where people started rediscovering the cufflink. This trend has continued on and is still present today – an unwavering nod to a humble accessory with a remarkable history.
How to Wear
There are many different ways in which you can wear cufflinks to tie into your overall outfit choice. Bearing this in mind, the most popular time to wear cufflinks still remains at formal occasions. The ultimate classy accessory, cufflinks are perfect to add that all-important finishing touch to your formal outfit. Looking smart and stylish shouldn’t just be confined to that sleek suit, complementary tie and shiny pair of dress shoes sitting in your wardrobe.
Finish off the look with the utmost style by adding an understated piece of luxury or designer jewellery to the outfit.
If you really want to make a statement, cufflinks featuring designs which combine classic designs with precious stones can really make you stand out. Stunning rose gold cufflinks are the perfect way to shine. However, cufflinks needn’t just be an accessory kept stored away for only the most special occasions. Instead, why not experiment with cufflinks in an alternative situation?
Office worker? Cufflinks can also be a great way to inject a fresh feel into the look of your everyday workwear. Update your usual workplace attire with a pair of striking cufflinks – go for an understated yet fun design to keep things professional while still showcasing your individual personality.
Last but certainly not least, have you ever thought about including cufflinks as part of your everyday casual outfit? Contrary to popular belief, cufflinks don’t just have to be an accessory for formal occasions. Pick a brightly-coloured pair, or go for a unique design that shows your fun side.
However you decide to wear your cufflinks, dig them out of the dark recesses of your wardrobe and dust them off ready to begin a new lease of life for 2017. Who said cufflinks are old-fashioned?
23rd May 2017
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