Satin-finished silver, $25
_I've heard some of you say that compared to our more traditionally feminine counterparts, there aren't many ways for butches to show off our style. That's why one of my many missions is to debunk this myth and show you how awesome butch fashion can be.
Cufflinks are a fun, underused part of men's "jewelry" that butches can totally rock. Like watches, they can add a bit of class, a splash of color, or a touch of whimsy to your outfit.
It helps, of course, to know what you're doing, which is where I come in. Follow a few easy guidelines and you'll be sporting cufflinks like a pro.
_First, only wear cufflinks with French cuff shirts--aka "double cuff" shirts. Instead of buttoning normally, they have cuffs that fold back and are secured by your cufflinks (as pictured, right).
Historically, French cuffs were only worn with suits. This rule is a relic, and no longer holds true. Sure, you can wear French cuffs and cufflinks with a suit. But you can also wear them with jeans and no jacket for a night of dancing. The key is to match the formality of the cufflinks to the rest of your outfit. Fuzzy dice cufflinks + a tuxedo is a no-no (unless it's Halloween and you're going as Irony).
Cufflinks are supposed to add a touch of style, not function like a neon sign. There's no need to be flashy or gimmicky. That said, have fun with them. Assuming that you are a non-male-presenting butch, it will take a truly huge fashion offense to make you look like an arrogant tool. Guys have less leeway. Unfair, maybe, but a fact nonetheless.
Finally, wear your cufflinks with confidence! Yeah, some people say that you shouldn't wear French cuffs if you're under the age of 40. But I say: critics be damned! And Frank Sinatra and the Sartorial Butch both agree with me.
Cherry wood 'links? Yes, please!
_Check out this excellent GQ video, in which the "Style Guy" shows off his cufflink collection and says a little more about how to wear them. Tomorrow I'll write Part 2, in which I'll tell you some great places to buy cufflinks. For a preview, check out my new Butch Store Cufflink page!)
I am hooked on cufflinks! They're the dressed up accessory I love the most (buckles being my favorite casual accessory.) I have about seven pairs of them right now but my wishlist is loaded up with more. I don't wear ties often, I much prefer the open collared shirt for all except the most formal occasions*- though I do occasionally do the loosely knotted tie thing- so cufflinks are my primary accessory when dressing up a bit.
1/16/2012 08:23:54 am
Love the links. I always admired them on men and I wore my first set on my wedding day. My dw gave them to me for the special day.
6/3/2014 07:56:16 pm
A man will definitely turn out to be a superman with the elegant pair of cufflinks. They are so significant that without these small accessories, the men's style will never be complete. Love the Cherry wood links!!
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