When to Wear Cufflinks
The most recognizable role for cufflinks is as the formal and semiformal alternative to buttons. If you’re wearing a suit with a white tie or black tie outfit properly, it will have links at the cuffs (and often studs instead of buttons on the shirtfront as well).
That’s hardly the extent of their wardrobe functionality, however. Shirts ranging from plain white business dress to colorful and casual options come with French cuffs, or with single cuffs with holes on each side rather than a button and a buttonhole. Furthermore, tailors can easily convert any shirt with a basic button-and-buttonhole arrangement into one that takes cufflinks, simply by removing the button and inserting a small buttonhole in its place.
That means you can – if you want to – wear cufflinks with everything from your best business shirt to a ratty flannel work shirt. And yes, some people are doing the latter – never underestimate the contemporary hipster’s love for mixing high fashion with low.
Practically speaking, most men will wear cufflinks in business and relatively formal social settings, as an accent to a suit-and-tie ensemble. That said, more relaxed links are perfectly acceptable with a sports jacket, and can add an air of playfulness that simple buttons don’t provide.
While most of us are not expected to be wearing cufflinks in the workplace on a daily basis, doing so makes you stand out from your competition. If you’re wondering when to wear cufflinks to work, it really depends on a few things:
Does your workplace have a dress code?
Do you wear a dress shirt to work?
Are you hoping to impress your colleagues?
If you answered yes to each of these questions, then you should definitely consider wearing cufflinks to work. Our selection of Hobbies and Interests Cufflinks are just what you need to spark a good conversation at the office. From A-Z letters french cufflinks to Novelty Cufflinks, you can represent your favorite interests while still looking classy in the workplace.