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How to Wear Cufflinks

Style Your Cufflinks Exquisitely

In terms of functionality, cufflinks are similar to buttons — they keep the cuffs of your dress shirt closed. However, unlike buttons that are sewn into the shirt, you can remove cufflinks, mixing and matching them with your outfits. 

If you’ve never had a pair of cufflinks, you may be unsure of when to wear this type of men’s jewelry. As a general rule, you’ll always need to wear cufflinks to keep your sleeves together if you wear a French cuff shirt. However, if you’re wearing a shirt with barrel cuffs, you don’t necessarily need to wear cufflinks since it also has buttons on the wrist. 

These days, there are fewer rules about when to wear cufflinks, and you can pretty much pair them with any outfit. Men who want to look dapper at work or parties, on a date, or at an important meeting can put on a sleek pair of cufflinks to accomplish their desired style.

Here are some tips for styling cufflinks with your outfit. 

Understand the Types of Cufflinks 

When it comes to style, it really comes down to choosing a cufflink you’re comfortable with and find attractive. You may find some styles easier to use than others, so be sure to pay attention to this before purchasing a new pair. 

Toggle and Whaleback Closures: Feature a post that inserts through the buttonhole and flips to secure the cufflink. 

Shirt Studs: Stud sets are round cufflinks on a post. Instead of folding in place, they have a small back that keeps them from coming out. 

Knot Cufflinks: Knot cufflinks have a cord attached to two knotted balls. Each ball slips through one side of the cuff, creating a looser fit than other cufflinks. 

Locking Cufflinks: This modern style of square cufflinks closes like a watch, with a clip that locks them in place. 

Choose the Right Materials

Colors are a more important factor when choosing cufflinks since some colors or finishes are less formal than others. 

Metal Cufflinks: Metal cufflinks are usually a safe option for any event, especially if they are nicely polished. You may want to match them to your wedding ring or watch with choices like yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold plated cufflinks. Of course, if your budget allows, you can also opt for a pair of 14k gold cufflinks to wear on a daily basis. If you prefer silver tones, sterling silver cufflinks are a great and durable choice.

Mother of Pearl Cufflinks: This is the material that many semi-formal buttons are made from and come from the iridescent layer of seashells. Mother-of-pearl cufflinks are attractive and perfect for semi-formal events. If you want something a bit flashier, you can choose diamond cufflinks instead. 

Carbon Fiber or Onyx Cufflinks: These cufflinks tend to be dark, sleek, and durable. As a result, they are popular among younger men or those who want to keep up with modern trends.

Cufflinks for Black Tie Events

Black cufflinks are always a great choice since they match the color of your tuxedo and are quite formal. Black onyx cufflinks are a great pick, but you can also go with shinier styles like sterling silver or stainless steel cufflinks. 

Pay Attention to the Color of Your Suit

Your cufflinks don’t necessarily need to match your suit, but you should choose accessories that complement its color. However, if you are wearing a tuxedo or are aiming for a monochrome look, go ahead and match your cufflinks and suit. 

Match Your Cufflinks with Other Features

If you want to look put together, try to match the button studs on your tuxedo shirt or other accessories, such as your tie bar or lapel pin, to your cufflinks. This looks especially classy and failing to do so may even detract from the elegance of your outfit.

How to Properly Care for Your Cufflinks

If you want to keep your cufflinks in pristine condition, you’ll have to care for them accordingly. Here are a few tips to help you do so:

  • Store your cufflinks in the box they came in or a box specially made for them, separate from necklaces, tie clips, or other jewelry. 
  • Make sure your cufflinks stay dry at all times, and if they happen to get wet, dry them immediately.
  • Polish your cufflinks with a cleaning cloth after each use. 
  • Keep your cufflinks out of the sun and away from heat sources.


Following these tips will ensure your cufflinks stay looking as nice as they were the day you bought them! 

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PRIME Neckwear offers the highest quality neckties and accessories, including cufflink sets. If you’re the kind of guy who likes to update your wardrobe with exciting pieces from time to time, keep a close eye on our best sellers and new arrivals! We curate our collection with our customers’ tastes in mind, adding pieces you’ll love to wear. 

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