Cufflinks, why do we need them?

A History of Cufflinks

Before the Middle Ages, clothing had wide openings around the sleeves and collar. With a need to tie these openings closed or down, people began to decorate these open areas with embroidery. The wrist or cuffs were usually tied together with ribbons. Later on, the ribbons were replaced with buttons. By the 19th century, many aristocrats wore these buttons with heavily decorated jewels and intricate designs. The buttons were replaced by links because the shirt material at the time was too stiff for buttons. This is how the modern cufflink was born. When the Industrial Revolution swung into high gear, the designs on the links became more simple due to the materials becoming cheaper.

Different Types of Cufflinks

Not surprisingly, there are many different types of cufflinks. There is the Double-Panel cufflink, which has a short post or chain linking both sides of the link. There is also a French cufflink, which has the cuff twice as long as normal. So you have to fold the cuff twice and then button it. These are for semi-formal or black tie events. There are also links cuffs, which are usually tied with a slipknot.

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