You don't have to be elite to wear cufflinks

by Angie Mastroyiannis February 21, 2017

You don't have to be famous, a secret agent or a professional to wear cufflinks. We are seeing more and more people seeking to add them to their wardrobe, and we are not just talking about men. But before we look into who and where, lets just take a look back...

Cufflinks gained their popularity back in the seventeenth century. They were created by men who desired to have something more sophisticated on their clothes other than buttons. In the past men created cufflinks by attaching a gold and silver button to a small chain, and then pulled them through the hole of a cuff to keep both the shirt and the jacket attached. 

In time, cufflinks were beginning to be used for the most sophisticated men. Men who wore tuxedos or any type of formal wear were often found with the most decorative cufflinks. The Industrial Revolution in the late 1800’s opened the door for more cufflinks to be manufactured. The simple chains used in the past were replaced with rods and fasteners that were easier to close. Shirt designers were so intrigued with the fast development of the cufflink that they immediately jumped on the wagon. Men’s formal shirts were then made to be cufflink-ready. 

Then, in the nineteenth century, more and more businessmen of all types of social classes caught on the cufflink frenzy, and started wearing them with more casual attire as opposed to the traditional gala.




Angie Mastroyiannis
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