The Ultimate Guide to Cufflinks and How to Wear Them

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Cufflinks add a touch of style to any outfit. They can be worn with formal shirts as part of a suit or dressed down with jeans or chinos for any day of the week. Although small, they have the potential to make a big difference to the effect you make with your outfit. Moda London has put together a guide to help you wear your cufflinks with confidence and style.  
What are cufflinks?
Cufflinks are items of jewellery that are used to secure the sleeves of shirts, as an alternative to buttons. They can be made from a wide range of materials and come in a number of different designs, such as swivel bars, double panels or fabric knots. They are worn with either link cuffs or French cuffs. Link cuffs have buttonholes on both sides that can be fastened together with cufflinks or fabric knots. French cuffs or double cuffs are a type of link cuffs. They are twice as long as button cuffs and are folded back and fastened with cufflinks or fabric knots. While some people think that French cuffs are only for dressy occasions when they are in fact a great way to make a statement with your everyday workwear.
Cufflinks have developed with the design of shirts. The first decorated cuffs for men appeared in Europe in the 1600s, although these were tiny ruffles at the wrist, which were fastened with ribbons to keep the sleeves closed. In the 17th and 18th century, these were sometimes replaced with buttons and jewels joined by chains, and then with metal rods and clips. However, it was not until the Victorian era when people began to use starch to stiffen the sleeves of shirts that the metal cuff link was required on a regular basis, as an easier way to fasten sleeves.

Today, cufflinks are generally associated with high-end outfits, with buttons reserved for the everyday fastening of shirt sleeves. They are a traditional gift item for grooms to groomsmen at weddings, and often passed down through generations. Even though they may carry associations of grandeur, there are ways for you to incorporate cufflinks into your everyday style and bring a touch of personality to your outfit.
When should you wear cufflinks?
Cufflinks can help create the perfect look in meetings, when you are out for dinner, for an evening celebration or for a special event. However, they can help you to stand out and make an elegant, subtle statement with your outfit on any occasion. They are a must for black tie or white tie events, when your sleeves should have link cuffs or French cuffs to be suitably elegant. Or you can wear them with a coloured shirt for an everyday classic look.
 How to wear cufflinks
Whether you are wearing link cuffs or French cuffs you can choose between two ways of fastening your cufflinks. The first is the 'kissing' link, where you pinch the ends of your cuffs together and fasted them by feeding the cufflink between the layers of the cuffs. The second is called the 'barrel' style and this is where you overlap the two ends of the cuffs and then pin them together with the cufflinks. The second looks more like daily buttoned sleeves, and the first creates a dressier finish.
Should cufflinks match tie?
It is a good idea to coordinate your cufflinks with all the other accessories you are wearing, such as your watch, tie, belt buckle, tie clip and rings.
What different types of cufflinks are available? 

Cufflinks come in a wide range of colours, but understated metal hues are more elegant. Traditionally, gold cufflinks were worn in the daytime and silver during the evening. But there are other possibilities for whatever your mood. Rose gold is an alloy of gold and copper that creates a reddish-tinted metal with a warm glow. Silver offers a practical and durable option that is perfect for everyday use.


Our Brompton Cufflinks are meticulously handcrafted from solid brass which is then plated with polished gold, rose gold or silver. This simple yet elegant cufflink features a layered circular detail, adding depth and sophistication to the design.


The Knightsbridge Cufflinks are the epitome of sophistication, featuring a delicately brushed effect that balances the clean minimal design. They are available in rose gold and silver.


Our Kensington Cufflinks are meticulously handcrafted from solid brass which is then plated to achieve a sensationally rich polished anthracite tone. Everything about our cufflinks simply oozes quality, style and distinction.


The Mayfair Cufflinks are meticulously handcrafted from solid brass which is then plated with gold or rose gold. The design features a diamond knurl detail.


Finally, our Windsor Cufflinks are meticulously handcrafted from solid brass which is then plated with polished rose gold, polished graphite or polished gold. Each pair of cufflinks will arrive in an elegant Moda London presentation box. They are 16mm in diameter and 18mm in length. Our cufflinks are also available in sets with matching tie clips


Where to buy cufflinks

We are a forward-thinking boutique fashion brand supplying stylish cufflinks that are designed to last. Moda London is founded on the premise of offering our customers the most elegant and refined designs for a lifetime of enjoyment, while at the same time not costing the earth. Our creative team spend hours paying attention to every detail to ensure a meticulously engineered final product.

As well as our range of cufflinks you browse the online shop for our ranges of hip flaskstie clips, necklaces and scarves. We offer tracked shipping on all of our products.
If you have any queries about any of our products, you can get in touch by email or telephone.

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