A Complete Guide: The Correct Way to Use Cufflinks

The Correct Way to Use Cufflinks

We previously talked about why you should add cufflinks into your wardrobe. In this article, we will be guiding you on the correct way to use cufflinks and everything you need to know. 

Types of Cufflinks:

Studs: Very simple and also known as button style cufflinks. As the name indicates, they work exactly like a button. The correct way to use this cufflink is with the backing or front of the stud pushed into the buttonhole and secured into place.

Whaleback and bullet back: Another very common and easy to spot cufflink. With backings shaped either like a whale or a bullet, they can rotate or fold perpendicularly into the post. These types of cufflinks are easy to put on and have many different styles available. The downside is that they tend to not be as long-lasting due to their mechanism. 

Chain link and knot cufflinks: Both the front and the back are usually identical and therefore completely reversible. They are linked through either a tread (knot) or a chain (chain link). Both styles are easy to put on and wear. It is the best option to choose if you are aiming for a look that is less serious and relaxed. Knot cufflinks are great to provide a fun pop of color to your outfits while chain links provide a wider and more comfortable fit. 

Dual-action: Contain a similar mechanism to a bullet back or whaleback in which both sides can move to fold to lock cuffs into place. This type of cufflink is a bit trickier to use at the beginning as it has a similar operating system to the closure in metal watches. Once you get it under control, it is quite stylish and one of the most secure types of cufflinks.

Ball return: They have a similar structure as studs but the post tends to be either curved or have a chain with a small heavy ball as the backing part. This tends to be quite a durable style but more expensive due to the materials.

The Correct Way to Use Cufflinks

While wearing your shirt, start by opening the backing of your cufflink, if it has one.

  1. Now hold your cuff by the area that is closer to the upper part of your wrist and pass the backing part of the cufflink through the first buttonhole. This should leave the decorative front face of the cufflink looking upwards.
  2. Now pass the backing through the inside cuff into the second buttonhole. This should leave a nice fold in which both inner parts of the cuff are touching each other. 
  3. Now close, or rotate the backing to keep it sealed or set into place.
  4. Repeat the process on your other arm and you are all set.
Keep in mind

– Not all cufflinks have a backing part. Some have simple knots or decorative sides, the process of putting them on should be the same, just keeping the outer parts of both knots facing outwards and not inwards.

– Once the cuffs are attached it forms a nice fold in which both inner parts of the cuff are touching each other. You could also wear cufflinks forming a cylinder shape with your cuff, but for the sake of style, we recommend you to stay with a crisp “fold”. It looks nicer and it is also more comfortable.

– If you have them, do not forget to close any buttons in the forearm.

– Cufflinks that have no moving backing or closure might need a bit more adjustment when putting them on. They tend to be much more durable since there is little chance for breakage.

– Make sure to clean and store your cufflinks properly if you want to keep them looking nice for longer. At the end of the day, they are still a jewelry piece.

– Make sure that your cufflinks match not only the situation but also your outfit. Especially if you are wearing other jewelry, you want to add style not make your outfit clash.