The most practical of men may wonder why they need to shop for cufflinks when finding dress shirts with buttoned cuffs is far easier not only to find, but also to put on. Then there’s the matter of cost. While the price of the dress shirts is not solely determined by whether they sport French cuffs (two holes with no buttons) or buttons of the cuffs, you can bet that you won’t find French cuffed shirts in the cheap range. Of course, there’s the small (or not so small) amount you’ll have to add for the cufflinks.
The truth is that with buttons around, cufflinks are indeed not the most practical of fashion choices. However, we all know that fashion is NOT about practicality. Why do we women wear heels when flats are more comfortable? Why do you choose one accessory over another? When it comes to fashion, although we do bless the hearts of great designers who manage to merge function with fashion, what’s usually more important is how things make us look and feel.
So if you ask why men should wear cufflinks? Then the answer is because they want to! Besides, cufflinks are really making a comeback in fashion, with these tiny accessories being the accessory of choice if you want a more formal look. Opting to wear French cuffed shirts and putting on matching cufflinks is equivalent to stowing away your sports watch and going for a more classy one for your evening look. Of course, you will find novelty cufflinks that definitely does not shout formal or classy, but if you want to look like you’re a teenager screaming for attention or you’re not going to a fun themed party, then it’s better to rely on more traditional looking cufflinks.
When it comes to choosing cufflinks, don’t think that just because you have a nice plain sturdy titanium cufflink means that you should wear that as your go to cufflink all the time. Remember, wearing cufflinks is a fashion statement, so better not commit a fashion faux pas while you’re at it. Make sure that your cufflink goes with other metal accessories you wear such as your belt buckle. If you’re wearing a gold buckle then put on gold cufflinks or silver cufflinks if you have a silver buckle on. Opt for designer cufflinks if you want to impress. For trendier cufflinks, make sure that the color matches or complements your dress shirt and tie although you should remember that no matter how nice your cufflinks may be, they’ll never compensate for a bad tie.
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