Cufflinks are one of the few things in a man’s wardrobe that are worn as jewelry and that say a lot about the mood of the wearer. You are subtle. They can be fun and funky, or sophisticated and polished. They transform a simple suit into formal attire.
As early as the 13th century, men tied their shirt cuffs with ribbons or cords. A sewn buttonhole was developed over time, and by the 17th century men used two buttons linked by a chain to hold their shirt cuffs together.
Cufflinks status symbol
King Charles II popularized the cufflinks in the mid-17th century, where they became very popular. He started making cufflinks for royal occasions and special occasions. He regularly wore them in public and had a significant impact on her adoption.
For some time during the reign of King Louis XIV, from the mid to late 17th century, cufflinks became a symbol of the aristocracy. The Sun King tied his shirt cuffs with ribbons, ruffles and cufflinks to mark his status.
With the rise of the industrial revolution, cufflinks have also changed a lot. Some became ornate and ostentatious, while others were developed using mass production techniques, which made cufflinks widespread and widely used.
Cufflinks have been made using a variety of materials, from silver to gold to electroplated metals. The chain gave way to other alternatives. In 1904, Charvet, a famous Parisian shirt maker, introduced the silk knot that held the cufflink. The popularity of this design later led to the introduction of metal cufflinks in the shape of a silk knot.
Cufflinks: More than just a fashion statement
The early 1900s brought colorful cufflinks in the form of enamel cufflinks that are popular to this day.
The 1920s brought new fashion. When men started wearing sports shirts, the unreinforced cuffs meant that cufflinks were no longer necessary. Even so, the accessory remained popular with men of all social ranks.
In 1924, the Boyer Company developed a Boyer fastening system, which consists of a stick held in place by two posts attached to a base. This is still the most popular method of fastening cufflinks.
Further changes to men’s clothing resulted in buttons on the shirt cuffs, eliminating the need for cufflinks.
After a decline in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, the cufflink returned to fill an exclusive niche in the completion of a “proper gentleman” s clothing. With a variety of designs to suit the individual tastes of every gentleman, the cufflink has become an elegant way to transform a suit.
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