During the reign of Louis XIV shirt sleeves started to be fastened with boutons de manchette, or “sleeve buttons,” typically identical pairs of colored glass buttons joined together by a short, linked chain. Today opinion seems to be divided on the cuff link but to me cufflinks are an ideal way to brighten up a plain shirt to something that can ensure you stand out from the other men in the office.
The one bit of advice I will offer however is please stay away from novelty cufflinks shaped like Water Taps or that decree that you are indeed the ‘ Number One Dad’ or something similar.
So here to steer you on the right path I have assembled a few of my current favorites
These Mulberry links look fantastic with the outer circle and fastener in plated silver and the elegant face features the Mulberry tree design in a gorgeous summery blue. £70 from John Lewis
The Paul Smith cufflinks feature their signature stripe design with a slight twist, these would be perfect for the office or to wear more casually on a night out, either way you are sure to impress. £60 from House of
Finally These Full Moon Black Onyx Cufflinks by Aspinal are made from solid steel and flat discs of exquisite Black Onyx. This beautiful contemporary designed elegant cufflink simply oozes quality, style and distinction. If you want to smarten up your office look onyx is the way to go. £45 from Aspinal.