Tall Mens Fashion Advice

When To Wear Cufflinks

Cufflinks are typically worn for formal or semi-formal occasions

Not many guys growing up these days find themselves buying a pair of cufflinks. Most are priceless hand-me-downs from fathers and family members, making these pieces stand out even more with their classic beauty.

Now that you have a pair of cufflinks, when do you wear them?

When to Wear Cufflinks

Cufflinks are typically worn for formal or semi-formal occasions. Here are some common dress-up events where cufflinks are appropriate:

1. Black tie events

Cufflinks are often worn with tuxedos or formal evening wear for events such as black tie galas, traditional weddings, or upscale dinners. When dressing up for a black tie event, take the opportunity to go all out. These parties don’t come around often for most people.

2. Business or corporate settings

Cufflinks can be worn in professional environments where a dress code calls for a suit or tailored attire. This might include important business meetings, conferences, or formal office events. Before taking out your cufflinks, read the room on your company’s dress code and how your co-workers dress for work daily. 

It is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed, however, if your are leagues above everyone else, it might feel awkward.

3. Weddings

Cufflinks are a popular choice for grooms and groomsmen to accessorize their formal attire on the wedding day. Before adding cufflinks to your shirt, check with the groom to make sure you aren’t out-shining him on his wedding day. They can also be worn as a guest if you are attending a formal wedding.

4. Formal celebrations

Cufflinks can be worn to high-profile events like award ceremonies, charity balls, or other formal social gatherings. This is when you can go all out and pull out all the stops in your wardrobe.

It’s important to note that the appropriateness of cufflinks may vary depending on the specific event and cultural context. Always consider the dress code guidelines for the occasion you’re attending, as they may specify whether cufflinks are expected or required.

When to Wear Cufflinks: Tips

  • Choose cufflinks that match the occasion’s formality and theme.
  • Coordinate your cufflinks with your attire, ensuring they complement other accessories.
  • Wear cufflinks with French cuff shirts or double cuff shirts.
  • Invest in high-quality cufflinks made from materials like sterling silver or gold.
  • Opt for subtle and sophisticated designs that enhance your outfit without overpowering it.


Cufflinks can be worn on many occasions, but mainly when a particular event calls for dressing up in your best attire.

Yes, you can wear cufflinks with a normal button shirt. However, you will want to make sure the look of the shirt matches the feeling that the cufflink gives off.

Cufflinks are a classy and fashionable way to button up your sleeves when wearing a dress shirt.

Yes, cufflinks are always a great addition to our outfit when wearing a suit. Make sure the sleeves are the appropriate length and the shirt cuffs are made to use cufflinks.

Written and reviewed by
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow, standing at an impressive 6'7 (201cm) and weighing 225lb (102kg), is a mental health speaker, fashion expert, and ex-athlete who excels at helping tall men find well-fitting clothing and teaching them how to style it effectively. As a model in the fashion and film industries, Paul shares his expertise in tall men's fashion, offering valuable advice on measurements, tailoring, and alterations. In addition, he founded Never Alone, an organization that provides mental health and therapy inspiration, and started the Mental Growth Newsletter to support those facing mental health challenges, drawing from his own experiences.

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