Tuesday Menswear Moment: Spice up your wardrobe with vintage cufflinks and French cuff shirts

\r\n\r\nThis week is all about incorporating vintage and antique clothing into one’s wardrobe–and what better way to start than to write about how the guys can do it!  Aside from ties, which can be really ugly (if you consider the 70’s and the 90’s) French Cuff shirts can be the easiest item to add to your wardrobe….\r\n\r\nSince men’s shirts are sold by the collar size and the arm length, little has changed in the sizing.  Yes, there’s slim cut or tapered, but for the most part, if you are buying vintage, you can look at the tag in the collar for the collar and sleeve length and have yourself a pretty good fitting shirt.\r\n\r\nOnce you choose a shirt, you’ll need some cufflinks.  Cufflinks were a staple of men’s wardrobes, but I’d bet a lot of y’all don’t own a pair or two!  That’s remedied pretty quickly at any vintage, used clothing or “Goodwill”-type of store.  Most will always have cufflinks and the price will often be pretty reasonable.  Look for some with monograms or semi-precious gemstones for an extra touch.\r\n\r\nAnd if you didn’t know, collecting cufflinks is a “thing”.  Some are quite valuable as well as stylish, and\r\n\r\n
Celtic revival cufflinks circa 1900
Celtic revival cufflinks circa 1900
\r\n\r\nstyles change from the 19th and across the decades of the 20th century.  So, not only are they practical for use with French cuff shirts but searching out the various decades of cufflinks can be fun, too.  Cufflinks say a lot about a man, so imagine what a cool pair of vintage cufflinks might say about you and your sense of style.\r\n\r\nSo, if you’re looking to bring vintage into your wardrobe, start with the classy French cuff shirt and some cufflinks.  From there, you can easily co-ordinate your tie and sport jacket (other items that are  also easy to purchase vintage and designer.)  Or, spice up a date night outfit with a vintage shirt and an old tux or formal wear jacket.  You too can be like Bond….James Bond!\r\n\r\n**This weekend, if you live in the vicinity of Hartford, you may want to check out the POSH Sale fundraiser for the Wadsworth Athenaeum Costume and Textile Society.  I was privileged to a preview last Saturday, and they have a whole lot of great vintage and designer men’s items, including cufflinks!  You can pick up a great pair of vintage cufflinks and even a vintage men’s fedora and support a great cause too.  The other great thing about vintage: it will not bust your wallet and you will get some great quality, American-made clothing.\r\n\r\n 

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