Cufflinks: All Sides Considered


If we profess to have even a modicum of concern about the details of men’s style, then we should take a long hard look at the state of cufflinks. The potential pitfall is spending your hard earned money on an item that is only a shadow of its former glory. So, if you’ve been contemplating some new cufflinks or are trying them out for the first time, the following will give you something to think about.

Today, cufflinks with a one sided decoration predominate but that doesn’t mean this this style maximizes the decorative potential of the object. After all, to take full advantage of this functional decoration, shouldn’t both sides offer something to the viewer?

I am not alone in this belief which is supported by Alan Flusser, Simon Crompton as well as the style savvy Kent Wang who sells only double sided cufflinks at his online shop. Although I haven’t tried Kent’s cufflinks, they are at a very reasonable price point for those who don’t want to invest too much but would like to evoke the elements of classic style.

Of course there are also many good silversmiths in the U.K. who make traditional links and will work with you on customization for a more personalized result.

What I would recommend however, is the barbell or ball style cufflink, which consists of two spheres which are joined by a straight or curved rod for a clean and unfussy look. These can be in a traditional metal like gold or silver in addition to the fabric variety commonly know as the silk knot. The silk knot is no less interesting than other cufflink types and is a great way to add an extra punch of colour to your wardrobe.


Cary Grant showing his barbell cufflinks. Simple and elegant.


Cartier cufflinks. Expensive and not taking care of both sides.

Kent Wang cufflinks. Looking good at a reasonable price.

Kent Wang cufflinks. Looking good at a reasonable price.


Silk knot cufflinks from Brooks Brothers. $9 each or 4 for $20

Joseph Fields