When Men Dressed Up for…EVERYTHING
Posted on May 6, 2012
When I came across Grandpa’s jewelry box full of handsome-looking cufflinks, I began to imagine what would it have been like to live during a time when men sought out these classy pieces as part of their daily wardrobe. Cufflinks represent a time when men dressed up for events that we normally do not associate with formal attire, such as going to the movies, the corner store, or even to a baseball game. According to clevercufflinks.com, wearing cufflinks “was the mark of a gentleman”.
Luxmag.org states that the function of cufflinks were to help men express their individuality while amidst a sea of business suits and tailored shirts. Here is a small sample of Grandpa’s collection which shows that he, indeed, achieved this goal:
He showed pride in his surname:
The following most likely reflected his childhood in Michigan:
And some just showed off Grandpa’s stylish side:
So, why are cufflinks no longer commonplace? Luxmag.org explains that in the 1970s, buttons replaced cufflinks in men’s attire, and the casual look gained popularity as a result. In the 1990s, cufflinks regained some notoriety with businessmen as well as within men’s evening attire. And that has been its home ever since.
I secretly hope that dressing up for more than weddings and business meetings will come back in style soon. 🙂