How to pick cufflinks that are suitable for the occasion.
Gone are the days when cufflinks had to be traditional in style, a classic square or circle, and gold.
There are so many different types of cufflinks around, it’s a shame to restrict yourself to a certain type. So the question has to be ‘How to pick cufflinks that are suitable for the occasion?’
The easy answer is that you have to take each situation on its own merit. There are no rules. You look at who you are going to mix with, what the general feel of the room will be, how you want to be perceived, and the impression you want to make. For example, if it is incredibly formal where you need to excel and impress, then I would go for a muted more traditional style. Something that shows you have a bit of class but nothing that steals the show. If it was formal but with people that know you and you are well placed within the group, then I would be grabbing a more fun pair that highlights my personality.
The biggest question we get asked is ‘Are Novelty cufflinks suitable for the office?’
Cufflinks are an extension of your personality and with all the different style options out there, you should choose cufflinks that express your professional persona. Novelty cufflinks don’t have to be unprofessional. If you are a louder more enthusiastic personality, then having brightly coloured cufflinks would be expected as they suit the person you are. Do you rave about your fishy expeditions every Monday in the office… no one would be surprised to see you’re wearing some fish cufflinks on your cuff.
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with wearing traditional cufflinks in the office. If they are what make you comfortable then why change? However, if you are desperate to grab your silver Pacman cufflinks then go for it! No one will think any less of you. They can be a good talking point in the office and colleagues can enjoy seeing what pair you are rocking that day.
The other question we get asked a lot is when to wear cufflinks. Well, wear them whenever you want is what I say! It’s like asking when to wear trousers…. if you are comfortable wearing trousers then wear them even if it’s 35 degrees outside!! No one is going to think twice about you wearing some cufflinks down the pub. It’s your own personal style and look so own it and do what makes you feel good. It’s no different to your mate opting for some skinny jeans… they might not be for you but you don’t stop him from wearing them.
In conclusion, it all comes down to you doing you and being you. If you are comfortable wearing some super fun novelty cufflinks when meeting the board of directors for the first time, then do it! Just make sure you get those cufflinks from The Cufflink Club!!