Cufflinks are used to fasten the cuff of shirts and have been in prevalence ever since the nineteenth century. The varied varieties of cufflinks come in different materials ranging from glass to leather and expensive metals like gold, silver, and Platinum. Apart from being an additional accessory, they are a marker of class and elegance. Cufflinks are designed for shirts with buttonholes on both side but no buttons to fasten them. The functional, as well as the ornamental use of the cufflinks, has made them not only popular but highly desirable. But knowing how to wear the cufflink is not so easy either.
Cufflinks have been worn traditionally with evening formal or semi-formal attire. They come in different shapes and sizes which must always be chosen in a manner to suit the overall proportion and harmony of the attire. One should always choose simple and sober looking cufflinks and try to avoid highly ornamented ones. If you are considering a more casual link, silk buds can really accentuate the beauty. Generally, the kissing cuff style is used to fasten the cuff which makes both ends of the cuff touch each other and penetrated by cufflinks. It allows the beautiful part of the cufflinks to appear outside.
However, other options like barrel style provide a classier, slim and businessman-like feeling. They can be worn actually over a variety of color choices, the only condition being the shirt provides cuff necessary for cufflinks. One must also be conscious while purchasing cufflinks and factors like matching shirts and the price of the cufflinks should be given priority over the highly ornamental look of the cufflinks. Cufflinks are best suited for formal and semi-formal attire and enhance the overall look of the attire. Though these are some general guidelines drawing upon the tradition, but one is free to wear them as per his choice without any strict rules to be followed.