Still trying to wrap your head around cufflinks and their purpose? While not necessarily an "essential" accessory, these small items can help enhance a man's appearance while also providing some functional benefits. In this post, we're going to take a closer look at cufflinks and the purpose they serve.
Cufflinks can be found in a variety of different materials, ranging from glass and metal to leather, steel and even stone. Some men even make their own cufflinks as a side hobby. They are small, simple by design, and relatively easy to make. Of course, you'll need a general understanding of their purpose before you can successfully create your own cufflinks.
The primary purpose of cufflinks is to secure the button shirt cuffs. In most cases, this is done by securing the cufflink with toggles or reverses, depending on how the cufflinks were designed. After securing the cufflink on the front section, the shirt can be folded into position. It may sound somewhat complicated, but it's actually a quick and easy process that should only take a couple of minutes -- far easier and less time consuming that tying a tie.
I know what you're probably thinking: why do I need cufflinks if my shirt already has buttons? Well, this is certainly a good question, because the purpose of these accessories is to serve the function of a button, securing the shirt cuffs. If your shirt already has buttons on the cuffs, then there's really no point in wearing cufflinks. With that said, however, some men wear them for the added style they provide. Cufflinks have come a long ways over the years, with many cufflinks featuring designer brand name logos. If you want to add a touch of style to your suit, try wearing a pair of cufflinks with it.
There are two types of cufflinks: single length and double length. The double-length variety, as the name suggests, are longer and more prominent, whereas the single-length cufflinks are smaller and more compact.
You might be surprised to learn that cufflinks were first invented back in the 1600s. During that time, however, they were relatively unheard of. It wasn't until the 1700s when they became a commonplace in a man's outfit.Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of cufflinks and why they are worn.