The television series Mad Men has certainly revived an interest in retro fashion. With Don Draper always wearing those snazzy French cuffed shirts, Sally and Bobby were never at a loss for a Father’s Day present.
photo credit: "Draping" by Eric Sturdivant on Flickr
Those were the days when a man’s daily “uniform” was a fedora, a neatly pressed suit, shiny wing-tip shoes and a crisp white shirt often sprouting French or double cuffs complete with a personalized pair of cufflinks. Then as the 1960’s and the era of anti-establishment dress codes took over, cufflinks lost favor except as a family heirloom or worn with a tuxedo. The late 80’s-early 90’s brought the advent of casual Fridays, the office dress code became more formal during the rest of the week and a return to cufflinks more common.
Cufflinks can often be compared to a women’s charm bracelet. Metals and designs vary depending on personal tastes and interests. Many men only have that one special pair bequeathed to them in their grandfather’s will, while others have links for each day of the week. Designs can be as varied as a simple initial or a single jewel, the family crest or clan tartan, trendy designs such as the Facebook logo, or a pair created to match a tiepin.
The most popular links feature the design on both sides, with the swivel bar style coming in a close second. Silk knots have gained in popularity because they are a bit less formal and often add a much needed splash of color to the mix. Just remember traditionally men’s style has always been focused around subtlety.
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I also have several cufflinks available at Silver Blue & Gold in Laguna Beach, CA for their Cufflink exhibition from June 5th - July 31st, 2014. Stop in if you are in the area or contact the gallery to place an order.