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.