Links…. Cuff Links
So much of men’s style is about attention to the details and finding a way to bring it all together. Cuff links are one of those details. Cuff links are most commonly worn with shirts that have double cuffs, also known as french cuffs, where the cuff is folded back over the sleeve. Less commonly they are worn on dress shirts with combination cuffs, (cuffs that are not folded over but have a button hole on each side for links as well as a button on one side).
Shirts with double cuffs are slightly more dressy than shirts with button cuffs. For this reason you generally wouldn’t wear a shirt with double cuffs without a tie or in very casual dress. The cuff link you choose to wear can also reflect how formal the occasion is. For the most formal I would recommend solid gold or silver links. To add a little color to your evening wear or to be slightly less formal you can wear cuff links that include enamel that can come every color you can imagine. Finally fabric knot links would be the most casual. The colors in the enamel and fabric links allow you to tie them into other parts of your ensemble, such as tie or pocket square. Cuff links can also be whimsical and express the wearers hobbies, interests or sense of humor.
Any man who enjoys wearing double cuffed shirts should own a healthy collection of links. I define a healthy collection as at least two metal sets per double cuffed shirt. This collection should include both gold and silver so that the metal of belt buckle, watch, ring, and links can be similar. Because links can be fairly expensive I strongly suggest looking to places like ebay to find some great deals.
Knotted fabric cuff links are much more affordable than the gold or silver varieties allowing for a much larger collection. They come in solids and multi-colors and are often sold as impulse buys at the front of fine clothing stores. Their affordability allows you to have links for countless color combinations.