How can I choose the right cufflinks?

Cufflinks are an essential addition to many shirts and should be seen as much more than an optional accessory. But with so many options to choose from, how can you narrow down your choices and snap up the right cufflinks for your outfit?

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Closure types

Styling is obviously relevant, but before you get into the aesthetics of a cufflink, you need to make sure that the way it fastens is appropriate for the shirt and the event at which you will be wearing it.

The majority of modern cufflinks will have a bullet back and toggle closure, which is a good option if you are looking for an especially reliable fastening action that is unlikely to come loose even after a long day at the office. Meanwhile, the ball return closure is a little looser, suitable for less formal occasions.

Traditionally you may encounter cufflinks with a chain link closure, which can be more ornate and stylish but has the downside of being expensive and potentially fragile. If you are looking for cufflinks to go with mens Farah shirts like those sold at http://ejmenswear.com/brands/farah then careful closure consideration will pay off in the long run.

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Material options

From cufflinks inlaid with precious gems to basic enamel-coated combos that are affordable and functional, you have lots of decisions to make when considering the material from which your cufflinks are fashioned. The premium priced materials are obviously the costliest, but also have an innately more formal style to them, so are not ideal for everyday use but can really shine at the right events. You can even find cufflinks moulded from glass for a unique look. So this part of the buying process could come down to your personal tastes as much as anything else, especially in the age of DIY weddings – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39966035.

Novelty is a no-no

While it may be tempting to try and inject a bit of humour into otherwise formal proceedings by buying novelty cufflinks, this is really a move that you should try to avoid rather than embrace. Aside from looking a little cheesy, they can also set an inappropriate tone and may not be suitable for wearing to your workplace. Even if you are buying cufflinks as a gift for someone else, try to take the classier route wherever possible when it comes to design.

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