When walking into a business meeting the first thing people notice is your image, what you look like and what you’re dressed like. Your image is your most valuable marketing tool and your wardrobe is one of the most important investments. For men that usually means a suit. However, if two men walk into the same business meeting wearing similar suits, how does one appear more powerful than the other? The answer to that is all in the manly yet elegant details. Here are a few tips to make you look more powerful for your next important business meeting. Continue reading →
Greek philosopher Epictetus said, “Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.” This statement has never been truer than when choosing the right suit, shoes and of course the right fashion accessory to pull it all together. For men that fashion accessory is cufflinks; they are both fashionable and functional pieces for any man’s wardrobe. However, they are more than just a fashion accessory; a pair of cufflinks can really tell the world who you are. We’ve previously discussed, “Why Men Should Wear Cufflinks,” and today we will discuss how to choose the right pair of cufflinks for your personality. Continue reading →
One of the big myths about a man’s dress code is that there isn’t a way for them to show off their sense of style while in formal wear. This definitely isn’t true. When accessorizing formal wear, it’s true men have a somewhat limited amount of choices, however, there are many ways to show off their sense of style. For example, both rings and watches are mainstream accessories that everyone sports. Watches are a staple in menswear because they can be both fashionable and highly functional at the same time. Rings, on the other hand, portray a man’s accomplishment and commitment. However, an often ignored element of style with men’s formal wear are cufflinks, which replace buttons in holding a shirt’s cuffs around a man’s wrists.
Cufflinks were originally made for formal wear for royalty and high-class men. Throughout time, men’s dress codes have evolved to adapt to the demands of current society, making cufflinks a very important element in completing any man’s overall styled look. Cufflinks are a fun, underused part of men’s formal wear that should be rocked! Like watches, they can add a bit of class, a splash of color or a touch of whimsy to any outfit.
So, when should you wear cufflinks? Though in the fashion world there isn’t a real right or wrong answer, in general, there are two formal wear situations in which men may require cufflinks: work and social. Each of these occasions has different guidelines for when to wear cufflinks. For example, if you are a banker, it is highly likely that your dress code in the office is formal, requiring you to wear a suit and tie. However, because workdays can be long, it is expected that you likely will take off your jacket while working. In a case like this one, it wouldn’t be poor etiquette to dismiss cufflinks. On the other hand, if you are a banker who is receiving an award at a ceremony, dress etiquette may demand you wear a pair of dressy cufflinks.
While cufflinks are supposed to add a touch of style to an outfit, you should also have fun with them. The key to wearing cufflinks is to match the formality of the cufflinks with the rest of your outfit. So if you’re planning to wear a tuxedo you may want to stay away from wearing fuzzy dice cufflinks!
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