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Cufflinks Anatomy 101: The Cufflink Post

Knowledge of the cufflink post is what separates casual cufflink wearers from true cufflink masters. If you take your style as seriously as we do, this next article is for you. Please enjoy this journey of cufflink lingo. You will emerge an expert on the ins and outs of one of the most integral, yet often overlooked parts of the cufflink: the post. Continue reading Cufflinks Anatomy 101: The Cufflink Post

How to Care for and Clean Your Cufflinks

Cufflinks are an essential piece to any stylish wardrobe. They are the quickest, and easiest way to take your look to the next level of sophistication and class.  But as with any piece of jewelry, proper care and maintenance will ensure that your investment will last and look perfect for years to come. Read on for our guide on the essentials of cufflink care. Continue reading How to Care for and Clean Your Cufflinks

The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing & Wearing Cufflinks

Cufflinks are one of the best and easiest ways to polish off your look while at the same time, taking your style to the next level. The rules and trends of fashion are, of course, continually evolving. When it comes to cufflinks, there are two instances in which cufflinks are a must, and they are black and white tie events. Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing & Wearing Cufflinks

Jewelry Metal & Cufflinks

Shopping for cufflinks shouldn’t be difficult, however, with the seemingly unlimited amount of choices, narrowing down your favorite may be quite complicated. Our advice is to get it down to your top 5, then grab them all. Cufflinks are the ultimate splurge. After all, they are not only a reflection of your style and class; they are the one piece that will take your look to the next level. If ever there were something luxurious to treat yourself to, it is a pair of cufflinks. Continue reading Jewelry Metal & Cufflinks

Choosing the Right Cufflinks for the Stylish Man

Cufflinks are the hallmark of a stylish, well-dressed man.  And, these days, there are lots and lots of choices when it comes to picking a pair to wear or to gift.  With that in mind, here are some things to consider when choosing cufflinks:

Consider What’s Right for the Occasion

Occasion is probably the first thing most people think about when purchasing cufflinks. Chances are, you already have an occasion in mind, and that’s why you’re shopping.  However, although cufflinks are a great Santa's Boot cufflinks - choosing the right cufflink for holidaysaddition to almost any event, not every cufflink is necessarily appropriate for every occasion.  

For example, if you’re going to a white tie wedding, you’ll probably want to pick cufflinks that match the formality of the event and steer clear of silly or flashy cufflinks and pick a more elegant, refined pair of cufflinks.  You might want to consider our collection of engraved cufflinks.  Or look for ones that are pure silver, or silver and black with small crystals, like some of the ones here.

On the other hand, if you’re headed to a holiday party, you may want to wear cufflinks that are more reflective of your festive spirit, like the ones in this fun collection.


Make a Statement About Your Interests & Hobbies

Although you may not want to wear fun or flashy cufflinks to the most formal events, there are plenty of times when it’s completely appropriate to show off your interests and hobbies.  Cufflinks are one easy way to make a statement without saying a word.

If you enjoy surfing or sailing, you might like this selection of marine-focused cufflinks.

Red Ferrari Cufflinks - choosing the right cufflinks for your interests

Or perhaps cars are more your thing.  We have a fun collection of automobile-related cufflinks.

Maybe you have read every comic book, or seen every superhero movie ever produced.  We’ve got you covered there, too.  One of our licensed, themed collections may be just what you’re looking for.

Regardless, we have over 3,000 unique styles for you to explore.


Pick the Right Colors & Metals

When choosing cufflinks, you should also consider colors.  Silver, gold, white, and black are the easiest colors to match with an outfit, and more classic styles match these with crystals or gemstones.  However, brighter colors, like  red, pink, or purple, stand out more and may be a good choice for confident and stylish men who will pair them with suitable shirts and suits.  


Always Match Your Shirt

Cufflinks should match your shirt color, so you should choose cufflinks that will complement your shirt.

White shirts are very versatile and lend themselves well to a wide variety of cufflinks.  Here, you’re safe to play with colors and shapes, depending on your occasion.

Beautiful Sterling silver blue floral cufflinksBlue shirts are also classic and they pair well with cufflinks that have some blue in them.  You can choose cufflinks with different shades of blue, or stick with simple, elegant monochromatic options.  It’s easy to search by color: simply enter your search term and then use the filter choices to view cufflinks that match your selection.  Here are some by Baade that might work beautifully.

More and more often, it’s becoming appropriate to wear a wider variety of colors. As with blue shirts, try to match your cufflinks to your shirt color by filtering cufflinks to match the color or shade of your shirt.

Patterned shirts can seem daunting, but it’s not as challenging as you’d think as long as you stick to a single-colored cufflink.  Silver is fashionable and always acceptable, so by choosing silver you open up the possibility of subtly showing off your personal style through your choice of shape and design.


The Perfect Choice

Cufflinks are the perfect accessory, just about anywhere you’re headed.  If you’re struggling to figure out the best choice, we’d love to help you.  Feel free to contact us by calling toll-free 1-866-4MY-CUFF.  As always, orders over $29 ship free and include a free gift!

Which Cuff Links Backing is Right for You?


Here at CuffLinks Depot, we carry over 5,000 styles of cufflinks. With so many options, it helps to know how your cuff links will look, feel and function. When making your selection, a big part of this decision is the backing! The backing is an essential part of what makes your cuff links secure. We have listed the 4 most common styles to help with your search for the perfect cuff links.



Silver Finish Rectangular Engravable

Bullet, or sometimes called Torpedo, is the most common style of backing. It allows you to easily put on your cuff links and face the day! The hinged bar toggles to secure them onto your cuff. You’ll likely find this backing on anything from engravables (such as the handsome brushed finish example pictured here) to novelty to even our high end sets.

Whale Tail/Swivel

Sterling Square Engravable Cufflinks

The whale tail style is similar to the common bullet backing. Designers often choose this backing for their cuff links as it allows them to include branding without taking away from the unique designs on the front of your favorite pair. Another reason for its popularity is the ability to personalize the cuff links with initial or a special date making them a popular choice for gifts. The style featured here is great for our custom engraving which is an excellent choice for corporate gifts!


Sterling Chain Tennis and Ball

Chain cuff links are common in Europe and collectors enjoy the flexibility. Chain cuff links give designers the ability to create a double sided or reversible design like this adorable pair of sterling silver tennis racket and ball cuff links. This classic style is very formal and a normal sight at weddings and black tie affairs. Some sets include even an engravable side! Everything is better when you can add a personal touch.


Sterling Engravable Oval

Designers also love the fixed back tor the option of molding one full piece. It can include their logo or even another design! A lot of people like this rigid style for the stability. This pair of bull dog cuff links from Robin Rotenier put the fun in functional with the dog bone serving as the t-back, it allows the wearer to be fashionable from all sides!

We have thousands of options available and we hope that this brief guide helps you narrow down your choices in finding the perfect pair for you or your loved one.

Cuff Links by Historical Perspective

Cuff Links started in the 1500s as cuff strings. these strings helped tie the ends of the shirt like  those pirate shirts we all dreamed of. The cuff string gave way to painted buttons or metal buttons in the 1700s and was made famous by Louis XIV of France who was quite the cuff links collector. The cuff link functioned as a way to fasten the ends of a shirt to create a tight fit. Today, the cuff links tradition continues in both Europe and America as well as the far east. Cuff Links seem to transcend fashion but are clearly a mark of sophistication.Wear more Cuff Linksancient cufflinks

Understanding the Parts of a Cufflink

A great pair of cufflinks will elevate your look and take you to the next level of style and class. What makes a great pair of cufflinks? Here at Cufflinks Depot, we painstakingly select only the best of the best, ensuring that our shoppers get nothing short of excellence. We have spent years perfecting our selection of stylish, high quality and all-around fabulous cufflinks. So, let us give you a crash course in Cufflinks 101.

First, let’s go through some terminology and the anatomy of a cufflink. After all, any fashion aficionado will always appreciate and understand the intricate details that make up their style so exceptional.

The Face of a Cufflink

As you know, cufflinks are jewelry pieces designed to adorn the cuffs of a long-sleeve dress shirt with single cuff or double cuff (aka French cuff) buttonholes on both sleeves. Cufflinks can be made using a variety of materials including stone, glass, metal, precious stones, silk and of course, a combination of such materials. The most prominent part of any cufflink is, of course, the face. The face of a cufflink is what everyone sees. It can range from a smooth, circularly shape with perhaps a custom monogram of the wearer’s initials, to a unique and fun design displaying the wearer’s favorite hobby.

The face can also be decorated with inlays, gemstones, enamels, and more. They frequently take on a two or three-dimensional form, such as an airplane or golf club. Behind the face is the back of the cufflink, which can take on several different designs as well.

Whale Tail Backing

One of the most popular types of backings are whale back cufflinks which feature a flat head or face, straight post, and a “whale tail” backing that flips completely flat against the post. These cufflinks usually have a simple design but are still very elegant. They are considerably popular not only for the stylish look but also their ease of use and affordability.

Bullet Backing

Another common type of cufflink backing is bullet backing.

Oval Bordered Engravable Cufflinks
Oval Bordered Engravable Cufflinks

Like the whale tail cufflink, the bullet back features a post with a hollow frame and narrow cylinder closing mechanism (aka bullet) that nests itself in the frame of the cufflink. Securing these cufflinks is as easy as flipping the cylinder outwards so that it becomes perpendicular with the frame.

Studs & Fixed Post Backings

Studs (aka button cufflinks) or fixed post backings have no hinge mechanism for closing, but instead feature a larger head, straight post, and a small fixed backing. They close by gently pushing the smaller backing through a sleeve’s buttonhole and then straightening it in place. An added benefit to this type of cufflinks is their durability since they are all one piece of hardware instead of several intricate pieces.

Chain Link Backings

Chain link backed cufflinks features two commonly identical heads connected by a short, elegant chain. This style of cufflink usually has a bit of a looser fastening than traditional backing cufflinks, as the chain itself is considered a part of the unique style which is to be seen and shown off.

Sterling Silver Engraveable Chain Cufflinks
Sterling Silver Engravable Chain Cufflinks

Silk Knot Cufflinks

Silk Knot Cufflinks are like the chain link backings in that they both feature two identical heads connected by a short, delicate length that is flexible. Knot cufflinks are connected by a soft cord that is usually silk, or a similar fabric, and the heads are decorative knots, also of silk. These cufflinks are most commonly used with more casual styles, especially when the wearer is going for a colorful look, as knot cufflinks come in just about any color imaginable and are excellent for complimenting and polishing off a colorful style.

Silk Knot Cufflinks
Silk Knot Cufflinks

While the securing mechanism can be quite fascinating and fun, keep in mind that while some forms are easier to use than others, anyone can quickly learn to use each of the backing styles with a little practice. It’s up to the wearer to decide their preference.

When to Wear Cufflinks

Now that you have a further understanding of cufflink anatomy, we’ll turn to an essential aspect of cufflinks, and that is when to wear them. Since we are on the topic of cufflink anatomy, we should turn first to shirt-sleeve anatomy, which plays a significant role in when to wear cufflinks. The easiest way to tell if cufflinks should be worn is if one has a dress shirt featuring buttonholes and no buttons. Any dress shirt featuring buttonholes and no buttons means it’s the perfect time for your favorite pair of cufflinks shine. This type of dress shirts is seen mainly at white or black-tie events, as well as business functions, be it a formal interview or casual business day wear like for a sporting event.

When it comes to these types of events, one can safely assume that cufflinks are to be encouraged. After all, they not only complete your look, but they elevate your style and let everyone in the room know that you are a person of superior taste, class, and elegance.

However, it is important to note that there has been a new trend of mixing formal styles with informal styles, and it is becoming popular in the world of high fashion. One prime example is the mixing of something like a vintage flannel shirt with cufflinks. This is recognized as super trendy and unique as cufflink styles are endless as well as customizable. What better way to elevate the style of a non-formal shirt and add your unique style and touch than with a custom designed cufflink. This is possible for any dress shirt with buttonholes on the sleeves. Many in the world of fashion have even begun to have tailors remove buttons to allow for cufflinks. That’s the beauty of cufflinks, they take your style to the next level, making your outfit not only more sophisticated but they also more modern and dare we say, debonair.

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