_If you're interested in sporting cufflinks, but aren't even sure where to start (and maybe don't even have more than 1-2 French cuff shirts yet), you're in luck--I have a whole new section of the Butch Store devoted to cufflinks. I recommend starting with three pairs, in three separate categories:
1. Basic silver or gold. These may not be exciting, but they're highly functional and work for any occasion. They can have a geometric design (like the ones in the photo at right), but shouldn't incorporate other colors. If you can't decide between gold and silver, just choose whichever you wear most often, since you'll want to match your cufflinks to the metal of your earrings, watch, and/or belt buckle.
2. Understated but distinctive. This is my personal favorite category of cufflink. It works for all but the most formal (think: tux) occasions, and expresses your style. Choose something with just one main accent color. I love these purple ones (pictured left), as well as these banded African jade ones by
Ike Behar (pictured right). You can even find good-looking cufflinks that incorporate leather. This category of cufflink should be matched to whatever shirt you're wearing. The purple ones above would look great with grey, white, black, purple, or lavender, but not with, say, orange or red. They're fine for the office, a date, clubbing, or dinner out.
3. Novelty cufflinks. By "novelty," I don't mean cufflinks that turn into yo-yos or feature blinking lights. I just mean cufflinks that are wacky and different enough that you probably wouldn't wear them on a first date. Take, for instance, these Ed Hardy koi fish cufflinks (pictured left), which I do not own and happen to
love. Or what about the ones to the right, which are not only versatile cufflinks, but double as working levels. Just in case you need to like, um, put up a shelf or something while you're wearing French cuffs (hey, it could totally happen). Some cufflinks are absolute works of art. Others allow you to proclaim your support for gay marriage, or double as 4G USB drives. Whatever the case, these novelty cufflinks should only be worn out dancing, or to not-that-fancy restaurants, or to work on a day that you're not meeting with a client or a CEO or anything.
I hope you'll think about adding some cufflinks to your butch jewelry collection. I'm curious: how many of you are cufflink veterans? Take the poll below!