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    Cuffs and Cufflinks

    I've just started to upgrade my wardrobe from mostly cargo shorts and t-shirts. I'm pretty new to caring about clothing/style and have really been enjoying the transition.

    My quesiton today is about cuffs and cufflinks. I have to be frugal, and convertable cuff shirts seem like they could be awesome infrugality (is that a word?). Are these cuffs acceptable? You can button them for less formality or use cufflinks.

    On to cufflinks. I really like those silk knot cufflinks, they look fun and seem to really add some more personality, kind of like a pocket square does. When are cufflinks appropriate? Only in a suit or tux for a special occasion? Or can you wear them with kahkis and blazer/sportcoat?
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    Convertible Cuffs: Personally, I would avoid these, because there isn't much of a selection out there. That means less fit options, less deals, etc. If you pay a little more for the shirt, then have to get it tailored, maybe you would've been better off just buying two shirts on sale. If you've happen to found one that fits at a good price, then just make sure it looks correct in either mode. If someone looking at you (or shaking your hand) wouldn't be able to tell it is a convertible cuff, it is fine to wear.

    Cufflinks: I believe they have the same sporting tradition as sport coats in general, and would be considered acceptable with any sport coat or blazer, although I think you'll find (in the USA, anyway) that they are viewed as more formal, and most people would only wear them with a suit or tux. I think if you try it, the silk knots are the way to go. If you want to wear them, I would say try it and see how you like it.

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      #3
      Thanks for the reply! I noticed that my blues uniform shirt cuffs are convertible, because you're allowed to wear cufflinks in service dress. So I was considering using that as a guide and try the button hole setting on my wife's sewing machine and making one of my shirts a sacrificial experiment to make my own convertible cuff.
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        #4
        I love wearing french cuffs shirts. I have a few from ctshirts.com on the cheaper end and one from Ratio on the higher end. For formal events I stick with metal cufflinks. For more casual events, or at work I wear silk knots. Just keep in mid that they are sometimes a pain to install.

        Joe ran this post yesterday for a deal on silk knots.

        http://dappered.com/2013/01/giltaler...-knots-for-15/

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          #5
          Where do you find good (read: understated, simple) metal cufflinks?

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            #6
            One of the pairs I have came from my uncle. They are silver ovals with a small diamond in middle of a star burst. The are very simple.

            www.kentwang has some pretty cool cufflinks.

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              #7
              Originally posted by A3M0N View Post
              When are cufflinks appropriate? Only in a suit or tux for a special occasion? Or can you wear them with kahkis and blazer/sportcoat?
              I think cufflinks are appropriate anytime, but it may be due to my profession (lawyer). I really think cufflinks look cool, and differentiate me, somewhat, from button-cuffs. So, if you like 'em, wear 'em.

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                #8
                Originally posted by bjmcgeever View Post
                Where do you find good (read: understated, simple) metal cufflinks?
                Etsy has a pretty wide selection.

                I've also browsed http://www.jjweston.net/, and its stuff looks nice, although I have not purchased anything.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by bjmcgeever View Post
                  Where do you find good (read: understated, simple) metal cufflinks?
                  I've found all but one pair of mine while thrifting. If you don't have the time or patience for thrifting, as bonzo mentioned Etsy is good and ebay would probably be good as well, especially if you're looking for a classic design that you'd expect from vintage cufflinks.

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                    #10
                    BTW, Exquisite Trimmings has a bunch on sale right now:
                    http://www.exquisitetrimmings.com/pr...ries/Cufflinks
                    I've bought from them before, and Shaya is a great guy. If you PM him through StyleForum he might even give you a better price.

                    Malford has a bunch on sale too:
                    http://www.malfordoflondon.com/en/46...ility-in_stock
                    Again, you might get a better deal by PMing him on SF.

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                      #11
                      I looked up the cufflink question and really there is no formality difference between cufflinks and buttons, that's a misconception, I wear them out whenever. Buttons are cheaper is bottom line and if you were to ask most people what make their shirts are, most would say something like: Sears, Express etc where it's a major chain.

                      Cufflinks...EBAY! You can get anything really and the best part is you can get fun cufflinks, I have IronMans face, superman, penguins with bowties etc for fun and then people may not be too overly concerned why you are wearing cufflinks. I also picked up some very traditional looking ones, vintage ones etc.

                      Fun Story: Sitting in airport having lunch with my friend on our way home, waitress stops and says "Those are the best cufflinks EVER"....my ironman face ones

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                        #12
                        one thing to note about cufflinks, if you go the metal route, is to make match your metals. Nothing stands out more than gold cuffs silver tie clip, white gold bracelet, and a casio watch (a bit much , but you get my point) lmao
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                          #13
                          Absolute +1 on the fun cufflinks off ebay. The coolest cufflinks I have are my transformers, superman, punisher and captain america cufflinks and they all came cheap on ebay. If you are worried about the formality of wearing cufflinks (you shouldn't be), having fun ones also helps.

                          http://www.ebay.com/itm/170964331355...84.m1497.l2649

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