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Like a good suit and a designer watch, a nice collection of cufflinks is the mark of a man who’s got his stuff together. Choice is essential when it comes to matching the cufflink to the outfit and the occasion. We recommend owning a variety of styles and colors. There are two staple designs you should have in your collection – the plain silver, and the black Onyx. Silver will take you through the working week plus any semi-formal events at the weekend, while black Onyx is perfect for any serious black tie events.
Of course, if you’re feeling more creative there’s no reason why you can’t invest in a set of novelty cufflinks – stars & stripes, perhaps, if you’re feeling patriotic. Or mini red formula one cars? The choice is yours.
What originally started out in the 16th century France as a more sophisticated way of keeping shirt cuffs together (before then it was a piece of string), is now a style statement; an icon of affluence. It’s the easiest way to add a touch of personality to either a suit or a tuxedo. More relaxed formal occasions like weddings offer the perfect opportunity to experiment with color matching. For example, team your pink cravat and handkerchief with pink cufflinks to draw your look together. Or make a bigger style statement and go for contrasting colours, such as a yellow tie teamed with green cufflinks. One general rule of thumb is that the metal of your cufflinks should match the metal of your belt buckle. So gold buckle, gold cufflinks – and so on.