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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE CUFFLINKS?

Q What is the pur­pose of a dou­ble cuff shirt, and how should you choose which cufflinks to wear?

A The dou­ble cuff was cre­ated for a rea­son. If one goes back in his­tory, it’s in­ter­est­ing to note it orig­i­nated in Eng­land and was called the dou­ble cuff or the turn­back. Back then, there were six cuff holes in­stead of the four that we see to­day. The pur­pose was to hide the dirty part of the cuff by fold­ing it in fur­ther af­ter ex­ten­sive wear.

The dou­ble cuff, af­ter go­ing over to Amer­ica, was named the French cuff due to its so­phis­ti­cated style, which Amer­i­cans associated with the French.

Cufflinks have grown im­mensely in pop­u­lar­ity over the years. From be­ing just a sta­tus sym­bol dur­ing the early 1930s they are now a way of ex­press­ing in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Gen­tle­men to­day ac­ces­sorise their cuffs by wear­ing cufflinks that re­late to their job, hobby or pas­sion. It’s be­come a way of ex­press­ing your per­son­al­ity as well as be­ing a re­ally good con­ver­sa­tion starter. As it is a min­i­mal­is­tic and sub­tle de­tail you can never go wrong or be too out­landish in your choice of cufflinks. One should wear cufflinks that give people a glimpse of your per­son­al­ity.

The abil­ity to pair your cufflinks with your at­tire while keep­ing the so­cial set­ting in mind can have a pro­found ef­fect on people.

A gen­tle­man should al­ways care­fully choose their cufflinks in a man­ner that will con­vey the mes­sage they want and play on the mind of the ob­server in a way that will en­sure you are not eas­ily for­got­ten. Achiev­ing this state will pro­pel you to be­ing the epit­ome of a true gen­tle­man.

PAWAN AND ASHISH ISH­WAR are tailors at Knights & Lords, a be­spoke tai­lor­ing house in Dubai.

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