We all know what cufflinks are but, well what are they actually for and why do we need them? As well as being a stylish addition to an outfit, cufflinks are practical too and it was for this reason that they became popular way back in the 18th century. Let's take a step back in time and find out more.
Picture the scene: it's 1700 and you've just got yourself a brand new shirt. The sleeves are nice and loose so you can get your arms through them, but once you put your jacket on they look messy and get in the way. Not cool. Previously you might have tied your cuffs with ribbon, but now there's a new invention on the market: the cufflink. Neatly securing the cuffs to hold them tightly against the wrists, the cufflinks not only keep sleeves neat and tidy but they look pretty awesome too. At this time, shirts were worn as undergarments so the only areas that could be seen, the cuffs and collar, were decorated with frills, ruffles, embroidery, ribbons and now cufflinks.
Previously, cufflinks and the like were only worn by the aristocracy but by the mid 19th century this had filtered down to the middle classes. By now, cufflinks were starting to look pretty similar to the ones we all recognise today. The Industrial Revolution meant that cufflinks could be mass produced, so ones of all price points were now available.
Cufflinks have been made from many, many different material over the years. From silver, gold and precious metals to gemstones and pearls, enamel and even simple buttons. Cufflinks could be monogrammed or decorated with birthstones or personalised decorations to make them stand out. We, of course, think Harris Tweed is the best kind of material for cufflinks. Choose from a range of different colours in our shop.