“Man jewelry” can be a tricky thing to pull off, and many purists will decry cufflinks as too ostentatious, preferring to leave the precious stones and metals to the fairer sex.
But one way to get around this is to make an item of man jewelry your trademark, and there’s no item better suited to this than cufflinks.
You can be the soberest and restrained dresser, clad in a daily uniform of a grey suit and white shirt, but with a different pair of cufflinks every day accompanied with a polished french cuff shirt, your style factor goes through the roof. After all, the more stylish a man becomes, oftentimes the more he relies on smaller and smaller details.
With so many cufflinks to choose from, we consider them too ripe with style potential to ignore. From restrained and elegant to quirky conversation starters, we’ve got the right one for you.
“Some of our favorites are handmade in Florence, Italy and use high-quality enamels and Swarovski crystals,” says Paul Fredrick’s dress shirt buyer Michael Contreras. “In future seasons, we’ll also be offering colorful enamel button covers that slide right over a shirt-cuff’s buttons, to add extra style without requiring a French cuff.”
You may have heard that while women can mix gold and silver, a man should limit his outfit to only one metal. Sounds good in theory, but what if you always wear a silver watch, but your monk straps have a gold buckle? What color cufflinks should you wear then?
Consistency is great to aim for, but at some point trying to coordinate your links, watch, wedding band, belt buckle and fountain pen becomes matching overkill. Mix ‘em up and forget about it.
And if you go for colored cufflinks, Contreras offers this tip: ‘When wearing a solid white or blue shirt, match the cufflinks to your tie. And when wearing a patterned shirt, you can either match the tie or one of the colors in the shirt’s pattern.”
Finally, remember that by “matching” we mean complementing, not the literal duplication of a shade.