Friday, August 13, 2010

How to Match Cufflinks With Your Attire

Wearing cufflinks is a great way to add style to your attire, especially if the usual suit and tie have become boring in time. It also shows some personal touch, and may distinctively set you apart from the other guys wearing the same suit. On some occasions, when done right, cufflinks even add some elegance and appeal.

Currently, there are so many cufflink designs available and so many styles to choose from. You don't just pick out a pair, close your cuffs and off you go. Unfortunately, your favorite cufflinks may not be a one-fits-all kind. As with wearing other accessories, there are certain rules to follow, specifically when matching them.

So how do you match your cufflinks? How do you know which pair of cufflinks to wear?

For one, you have to match your cufflinks design with the occasion.

What kind of occasion are you attending? Is it a formal one, a business one, or a casual one? There is an appropriate cufflink design for every occasion. If you're going to a formal party or doing a business presentation, do not wear novelty cufflinks. They're cute and make great gift ideas but may be too informal for the occasion. Wear them with your ordinary office shirt instead; it looks great just the same.

Traditional, conservative-type cufflinks are best, and simple cufflink designs are the safest. Also, some formal events have color-themes or motifs, such as wedding or debut parties, even reunions. Make sure you follow the standard, and stand out later with your cufflinks.

Match your cufflinks' colors with what you're wearing, specifically with other pieces of clothing you're wearing.

Usually the first thing to look at is your tie. Your cufflinks should compliment the color and design of your tie. Regardless of the design, it's a rule to follow your tie's color. If it's blue, then your cufflinks should be blue, or of shades of blue. If your tie's design is patterned, wear a simple, plain-colored cufflink to balance that.

Another reference is the color of your inner shirt. Plain white or simple light-colored shirts are best if your cufflinks are dark-colored in order to create contrast. Same thing if you're wearing dark colored shirts, your cufflinks should be light-colored in order to stand out. If you're wearing patterned-designs, plain looking cufflinks fit well.

You can also match cufflinks with other accessories you're wearing; perhaps your belt buckle or your other jewelries' color, your ring or watch.

Colors for formal occasions are usually gold and silver. Gold compliments well with brown suits or shades of brown perhaps. While silver blends well with most colors - blue, red, etc. Just make sure it follows the color of your belt buckle.

Besides color and design, also consider your cufflinks material - if it is made of glass, metal, or fabric.

Your aim is to create color, balance and harmony when wearing accessories such as cufflinks. There should always be a contrast and at the same time compliment in color and style.

Adam English invites you to take a look at the latest mens cufflinks offered at Specialists in sterling silver cufflinks, men's unique gifts and accessories - you're certain to find something to your liking.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Buying Men's Cufflinks

Cufflinks are popular men's accessories. It has persisted through the ages and its history spans centuries. Cufflinks are perfect with corporate suites especially if they are fitted with French cuffs, tuxedos and even dress robes. They are famous accessories for any man who wants to exude class and elegance. If you are thinking of what gift you can give your boyfriend, husband, friend or any other family member, why don't you give them a nice pair of cufflinks? They may not own one at the moment (which makes your gift more wonderful) but it will surely be appreciated. Giving cufflinks to people who are not fond of wearing them is like introducing them to the trendier side of life.

If you are not aware yet, cufflinks are available in varied shapes and sizes. The styles that are used by many cufflinks manufacturer can come from the most sophisticated and intricate, to the most basic and commonplace. Formal cufflinks typically come in the most subtly shaped cufflinks that are elegantly decorated while novelty cufflinks can be created to symbolize your man's hobbies, likes, personality and you can even have them in his initials or your photograph (yes, they can be customized).

You can even purchase cufflinks that can be perfect gifts for your husband during your baby's christening, and even young boys have their own uniquely designed cufflinks. There a million reasons and occasions to wear cufflinks so owning a nice pair would not seem odd or out of place. However, you need to consider your recipient's style and sensibility if you want to purchase the perfect pair. Their personality and fashion sense should be well represented by the cufflinks that you will buy so that your recipient will enjoy wearing them. If you are not sure about the things to consider in buying cufflinks, here are some tips:

1. Cufflinks for newbies. If you are going to give the first pair, then you need to give cufflinks that are basic and simple. Stay away from flashy cufflinks as your recipient may have a hard time finding a suit, dress shirt or occasion to match it with. One example of a nice simple cufflink is a simple platinum stud that has very minimal design on its face, or look for something that looks like a simple metal button. Choosing simple cufflinks will not scare your special man in wearing them. You can also throw in a nice pair of French cuff shirt that he can wear with his new pair of cufflinks.

2. Cufflinks for seasoned wearers. If you are going to give cufflinks to a frequent user, then you should give him the most stunning cufflinks that you can find that does not go over your budget. If you can afford it, you can go for diamond studded cufflinks, and that would be much better. Another perfect option is personalized cufflinks. You can have his initials engraved on each face or if you're giving it to your husband, you can have a picture of you both monogrammed on the face of the cufflinks. You can also choose to personalize your cufflinks by choosing any precious metal and your own set of gemstones that you want studded in his cufflinks. These are uniquely and personally designed cufflinks which are sure to delight any cufflinks wearer.

Adam English invites you to take a look at the latest mens cufflinks offered at Specialists in sterling silver cufflinks, men's unique gifts and accessories - you're certain to find something to your liking.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Cufflink Invasion

By Patrick McMurray

In the 1960's American media labelled the influx of British pop bands as the British invasion, as waves of new music and dress trends flooded across the Atlantic. It was the first time that England had produced a sound style uniquely original.

But this was not just a mere awakening for the English music scene; moreover a holistic conversion from what America forced upon the populations of music lovers the world over. The hair styles, clothing, and language that all surrounded the new wave of Beatles music. An infusion led to the natural introduction of other memorable bands. And there seemed to be an endless diversity of sounds within this genre. The Hollies, Eric Burden and the Animals, Moody Blues, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Kinks, Tom Jones, the Troggs. All of whom were distinctly recognisable.

America had no answer to the Brits invasion and could do nothing better than to capitalise on their style by mass producing it. Record companies soon realised there was an awful lot of money to made through marketing bands that had the right sound and individual personalities, even though their musical talent lacked lustre.

Moving away from the music scene, there has been a more subtle British invasion taking place for decades: A diverse group of designers have been branding a range cufflinks as distinct as day and night.

The wave began about two decades after the demise of cufflink manufacturing in America. Designer Manufacturer Swank was producing twelve million pairs of cufflinks per anum, which peaked in the late sixties.

The English flavour was less on mass production and more on bespoke, exclusive, funky, and flamboyant. It seemed in contrast to the countries gloomy out look reflected by its grey skies and rising damp.

Those who take an interest will identify the Brit designer brands.

Men began to reinvent the dandy styles that were introduced by Beau Brummell. George Bryan Brummell (Beau Brummell) was the arbiter of men's fashion in Regency England and a friend of the Prince Regent. He established the mode of men wearing understated, but fitted, tailored dark suits and full-length trousers, adorned with an elaborately-knotted cravat.

Beau Brummell is credited with introducing and establishing as fashion the modern man's suit, worn with a tie. His style of dress is often referred to as dandyism, even though Brummell himself would have never agreed to that description.

He bathed and shaved every day and spent many hours grooming and dressing for the occasion. Polished boots, clean fingernails, quick whit and principles all helped shape the gentleman as defined by principles.

Cufflinks began to appear around 1715 and the rest is history. The dandy man continued through mods, glam rock to modern times. The suit, and silk tie, cufflinks and lapel badge remain as prominent in everyday dress as ever.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Comparison of the Leading English Cufflink Brands

By David NC Cole

There is a very large and diverse range of cufflinks, with something to suit every taste and personality. Each designer brand offers a unique look, but without knowing what sets them apart it is hard to find the right brand (and hence pair of cufflinks) for you. Some cufflink brands focus on classic sterling silver designs whilst others specialise in brightly coloured enamel cufflinks or sparkly crystal designs. There are several English designer brands that are particularly worth having a look at. In this article I will look at cufflinks from Duchamp-London, Tateossian, Simon Carter, Paul Smith, Tyler and Tyler, Murray Ward and Seven London.

If you're intention is to be bold and get noticed, take a look at Duchamp-London cufflinks. Duchamp is a premium men's accessories brand that has developed a global reputation for their use of vivid colours and detailed abstract designs. The cufflink shapes are classic and include rectangles, circles and ovals. The standout feature though is the vivid colour and design detail they are able to achieve through the use of hand enamelling. One of their signature cufflinks is the square Harlequin which has smaller squares of colour for a stained glass effect. Whilst most cufflinks have an abstract design, some include motifs such as paisley and floral patterns. Duchamp-London cufflinks make a strong style statement, and are there to be noticed. They are ideally suited for a confident man who wants to show that he has achieved a certain level of success and maturity.

Tateossian is a London based jewellery company, and as such their cufflinks are like pieces of jewellery with many incorporating precious stones such as onyx, mother of pearl, lapis, jade and even black diamonds. Their cufflinks are very high quality, with a close attention to detail. For example their football cufflinks feature a matching football boot, whilst their solid silver king skull cufflinks are decorated with Swarovski crystals in the crown and eyes. Tateossian cufflinks are ideally suited for special occasions and present a feeling of opulence and luxury. Tateossian are also well known for their mechanical cufflinks such as working thermometers, compasses and watches which can act as a real talking point.

The title 'King of Cufflinks' belongs to Simon Carter, whose range has a very British flavour. His quirky sense of humour shines through with his modern take on vintage British styling, which includes his Victorian subversives and regency squares. There is a real cross section of patterns and shapes, holding it all together by Simon Carter's love for everything British. Many cufflinks use semi precious stones such as mother of pearl and Swarovski crystals at very reasonable prices. Unusual shapes include; honeybees, aspirin tablets, petals and teapots. His cufflinks are well suited to anyone who wants to inject a light hearted feel into their plain everyday suit.

Paul Smith is perhaps one of England's best loved fashion designers with his distinctive, slightly 1960s, British look. He has a very strong range of men's accessories which includes some wonderful cufflinks. Similar to Duchamp-London, classic shapes are given a unique twist with coloured enamelled patterns, such as the Paul Smith thin multi-stripe synonymous to the brand. There is a definite sense of fun running throughout the range, such as the classic British mini painted with the Paul Smith stripe.

Similar to Tateossian, Seven London is a jewellery brand with a range of designer cufflinks. All their designs combine solid silver with precious stones and crystals. Their look is fashionable and refined, with clean simple lines and limited use of colour. If you are looking for sports motif cufflinks for the discerning gentleman then look no further than Murray Ward. They specialise in solid silver designs on shooting, horse riding, golf tennis, skiing and other outdoor pursuits. Finally, Tyler and Tyler offer a unique collection of hand enamelled cufflinks with two very different signature looks. The first uses black floral silhouettes set against a background of vivid and seductive colour. This look is very dramatic and works very well with a black tie/dinner suit. Their second look is the 'Victorian tease', which has erotic pictures of Victorian women and will show off the more naughty side of your personality.

David Cole is a trained designer, and has worked in the men's fashion industry for 4 years since graduating. He has a particular interest in men's accessories, and runs a website called Herbert Jones, that specialises in men's underwear, designer cufflinks, belts, bags, ties, socks and more.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Cufflinks on Your Wedding Day

By Mary Michaels

If you are a bride and you're wondering what gift to give your groom during your wedding day, think no more. Cufflinks are perfect presents that a bride can give her groom on their wedding day. It is a very personal gift that is sure to be appreciated and it can also last a lifetime (provided that they are cared for properly). Still, with a wide array of cufflinks to choose from, purchasing one can still be a bit of a struggle. Novelty cufflinks can be a bit cheesy in their appearance while silver cufflinks can seem boring. So the question then is: which cufflinks will best fit the wedding outfit and the occasion?

If you want to give cufflinks to your husbands to be, then here are some tips to help you choose the best gift:

1. Double faced cufflinks are probably your most formal option. It works perfectly well with a tuxedo or even a morning suit. These types of cufflinks have the same designed inscribed on its faces and they are typically connected with a metal bar or a short chain.

2. Snap-on cufflinks have two distinct faces that clicks when they are inserted in either side of the cuff. However, these types of cufflinks are not advised to be worn with thick cuffs because they can easily come apart and thus, get lost.

3. The easiest cufflinks to wear are push through cufflinks because they have small rounded ends that are 'pushed through' the cuffs. They are connected to the main cufflink that is curved by a metal bar. On the contrary, they are the easiest to lose because they can slide back through the cuffs fairly easy.

4. Hinged cufflinks are the most secure cufflinks. These types of cufflinks have a bar that is attached to the hidden part of the cufflink which swivels to get in line with the post as it is pushed through the cuffs and locked at a certain angle. This mechanism then prevents cufflinks from falling out.

Are colored cufflinks appropriate for my groom?
Cufflinks provide excellent way to add color to your groom's wardrobe. With the millions of cufflinks available, you can be sure to find a nice pair of enamel cufflinks that will surely match your wedding's theme or color scheme. You can choose to opt for bright colors and patterns if your groom is used to wearing them. If otherwise, stay away from this light if you want your groom t wear the cufflinks again.
Are novelty cufflinks also appropriate for weddings?

This would, of course, depend on the taste and type of wedding that you are going to have. Your budget for the gift is also a consideration for this question. If you and your groom both agreed to buy silly presents for each other, then novelty cufflinks are just perfect. Novelty cufflinks will also fit in the situation if you are having a casual reception and you want everyone to be laid back and not too formal.

Mary Michaels invites you to take a look at the latest cufflinks for men offered at Specialists in novelty cufflinks, men's unique gifts and accessories - you're certain to find something to your liking.

Monday, January 18, 2010

How to Find Your Missing Cufflink Pair

You can't help it. You were just wearing it and now it's gone. What happened? Did somebody take it? How could anyone take it? Did you lose it?

Maybe you did and these events can't be helped especially with cufflinks. They are minute pieces of jewelry that are commonly found on the cuffs. But what do you do with a single cufflinks? You can't wear it unmatched.

Don't fret. I listed here a couple of ways to find your matching pair. Hope this helps!

1. Online Auction. There are a lot of auction sites that are available on the web that sells everything from broken teeth to gold shovels. You can give it a shot to find your missing cufflinks.

2. Forums. Topics for online forums are also varied. Join one that discusses cufflinks or post a question on where you can find your missing pair.

3. Create a Blog. Blogs can also greatly aid you with finding your missing cufflinks. Focus your topic on single cufflinks exchange to draw collectors on your site.

4. Get advice from the experts. Cufflinks experts can give you enough information on where you can start your search. Learning more about your single piece can significantly aid you with hints and clues as to the whereabouts of the other pair. Speaking with experts is also a great opportunity to exchange ideas with cufflinks enthusiasts as yourself.

5. Utilize search engines. If you are searching online, it is best to use search engines. It is perhaps the most straightforward way of conducting your investigation. Google and Dogpile can assure massive return even with simple keywords.

6. Weekend Garage sales. Full-time collectors scout for the rarest items at garage sales. If you're lucky, you can spot some good pairs yourself. One person's trash is another's treasure.

7. Antique shops. Scout for antique stores if you don't have one in your area. This is ideal for those whose pieces are considered heirlooms and have been handed down from previous generations. As the owner if he or she knows anyone with a collection to sell.

8. Attend Cufflink-ers Parties and Events. These are rare groups but if you do have one in your area, join them. More often than not, cufflinks are exchanged during get-togethers. If such groups are non-existent in your area, start one yourself.

9. Contact Online Cufflinks Merchants. There's nothing with trying so don't be shy. There can be a possibility that they are also looking for cufflinks like yours. You can have it exchanged for a better pair.

10. Advertise on Magazines and Newspapers. While this may hurt your pocket a little, you'll never know who would come along. Newspapers and magazines are widely read by anyone anywhere so you'll get more chances of being heard.

These are just some ways to help you find your missing link. You don't have to exhaust every tip mentioned. Just choose a couple that suits your groove.

Cufflinks are works of art, not just jewelry pieces. I'd take measures to find my matching single. How far can you go?

Adam English invites you to take a look at the latest mens cufflinks offered at Specialists in sterling silver cufflinks, men's unique gifts and accessories - you're certain to find something to your liking.

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