Cufflinks for Laypeople

The Relative Scarcity Of Cufflinks Is Further Evidence Of Male Misconception About The Stylish Accessory

I started working formally in 1998, at age 20. Still a student of business administration, I started working as a major US investment bank in the area of ​​corporate mergers and acquisitions.

After all the challenge of technical learning, there was also the obstacle (for those who, like me, was starting a professional life and did not have exactly a “golden cradle”) to be properly dressed – where appropriately meant the best possible suit, with a well-finished shoe of leather soles and a set of ties that could at least cope with the robes of the various gringos bankers who circulated in every corner of the office.

It was from this moment that I began to repair and enjoy a male accessory so charming and elegant and little known in Brazil: the cufflinks.

Years later, while accompanying the award-winning Mad Men series (I wrote something about it here), I ratified my admiration for the little accessory (very common in the 60’s) and decided to research more about it. I have seen it used more often in Brazil, mainly by high-ranking executives, but also by famous television presenters. However, by “giving a Google”, I have proved that there is still some mystery about best practices for its use. I then decided, as a legitimate and self-confessed layman in the world of fashion and style, to compile some cufflinks for AreaH readers who are also interested in the subject and seek elegance when it comes to dressing. Are they:

# 1 Models: There are different designs of the accessory, the most widespread of the name Torpedo, the so-called Reversibles. For a practical guide of the main models and their respective nomenclatures, go to out site.

# 2 Materials: Currently you will find not only gold and silver cufflinks (more traditional and usually complemented with other gemstones), but also steel and silk (these materials have helped to “rejuvenate” the use of the accessory)

# 3 Use (Dress): Originally designed for use in double cuff (or French) shirts, cufflinks have, over time, passed the status of a male jewelry item. In this way, in addition to being able to use them in the cuffs of their shirts, giving an elegant tone to the clothes, you can also risk their use in the lapel of a blazer or even replacing the collar buttons.

# 4 Use (Occasions): Although there is no true guide to wearing cufflinks in Brazil or any other country, it is also true that its use is associated with more formal occasions – weddings, graduations, and business presentations. That is: it will seem at least “out of context” you come with them to have a beer at the corner bar or the weekend ballad.

# 5 Brands:  the variety is large, from national options (such as Dudalina and Raffaello) to foreign (including Montblanc, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton)

# 6 Prices: as well as other pieces of jewelry more widespread in the Brazilian daily life (like bracelets and chains, for example) you will find from “made in China” to jewelry, in the strict sense of the word, ranging from  a few Reais to more than one hundred thousand “Temers” (!)

# 7 Is it for a Man or a Woman?:  Although it has come up for eminent use of men, do not be surprised if your next roommate shows up tomorrow with a nice pair of cufflinks for that important monthly meeting. With the growth of the female public in the labor market, occupying high positions, the womanizer also adopted (more) this accessory in their dress.