So you left your cufflinks at home. By accident. Sigh.
It might be something innocent that caused the accident, like you rode your bike or jogged into work and accidentally left your cufflinks out of your bag. Sigh.
Or it might be a little less innocent, you had a big night out and slept somewhere else, a bowling alley perhaps, and change into your spare suit at work. But don’t have cufflinks. Sigh.
It might be you are attending an out of town formal event, and in your hotel room you realise your cufflinks have been stolen by the baggage handlers at the airport. Sigh. You should have chosen a better airline.
The next few tips on how to make cufflinks out of home and office supplies should get you out of trouble.
If this happens to you often, and you still store your cufflinks in a cufflink box like a cave man, then you definitely should look into getting a Cufflink Strap to put in your locker or take on your travels. If you already have a Cufflink Strap and this still happens to you? Get yourself together, friend.
The Paper Clip Cufflinks
The paper clip is my go to cufflink when I get to the office and realise that I have left my cufflinks at home. I wouldn’t wear it on my wedding day, but it doesn’t look half bad.
Pry apart the paper clip to make an S shape.
Bend the paper clip back the other way, but with the larger side slightly bent so that both ends of the paper clip are roughly on top of each other.
Now bend it slightly back the other way and fit it through the holes of your French cuffs.
Push the clip closed.
This should get you through the day, but for extra stability, rigidity and peace of mind, you can then tuck the ends of the paperclip behind the cuff, locking it in.
The Bulldog Clip Cufflinks
This method is not inconspicuous, so be prepared to be caught out and to cop some ridicule. I was going to say this method was the easiest but it turned out to be quite hard to get all the cuff ends together for clipping.
Jam your arm up against a table and bunch all the cuff ends together.
Cufflinks have been around in some shape or form for about 400 years, and will continue to be a go to accessory for the foreseeable future.
Cufflink use in formal wear
When a man goes out in a suit he wants to be seen in all his glory, and with jewellery like necklaces and bracelets for men not coming into fashion anytime soon where is a man to turn to bling himself out?
His watch? Probably not as these are moving towards “smart watches” and will most likely have to be put away for formal events as they will be too intrusive when buzzing and ringing at the table. Cigarette case? No one smokes anymore, and if they do they should read this book. Cufflinks, rings and belt buckles will be the bling of choice for the formal event, and maybe colourful socks for the poor peacocking man or the pantless bear.
The use of cufflinks in formal wear will be here for the long run, and we will most likely see a trend of more high end and expensive cufflinks and men owning fewer pairs, rather than the endless supply of cheap novelty cufflinks we see worn today.
Cufflink use in business attire
Businesses are becoming more casual and laid back about work attire, without the need to wear a tie or even a suit in some cases. If this trend continues then we will see less and less use of cufflinks in the workplace – people just aren’t wearing shirts no more! Business shirts that is. That being said, the other trend that I see in businesses is the move towards working from home more often. If this trend continues there could be a resurgence in wearing a suit to work to make sure that when you are at work you are looking ready for business.
If both of these trends continue, we will see a decline in the use of cufflinks, both because the workplace has become more casual and because people won’t be wearing a suit when working from home. This decline in the use of cufflinks will mean that people won’t need gillions of pairs of cufflinks, a person could most likely get away with a dozen or less pairs of cufflinks for business use.
Cufflink use for the salesman and customer facing business man
I have a special section for the salesman and the customer facing business man who at all times need to look their best. Unless they are forced to wear a polo shirt (in which case they carry cufflinks and a shirt in the car for ‘just in case’). Cufflinks have always been a big part of their artillery to enhance the perception of themselves in the eyes of the customer, and this trend will continue, even for those that sell over the phone which will most likely move to video calls.
Cufflinks still have a place in future society, but perhaps not as strong of a future in business attire as it used to be. However, cufflinks at formal events are probably going to grow in popularity. Your choice in cufflinks still show a lot about you, and you should choose with care how you present yourself on all occasions.
After half an hour of digging for a pair of cufflinks in my imitation mahogany cufflink box, only to find that one was damaged from rattling around, I said out loud to nobody “Storing cufflinks in this infernal cufflink box is super lame!” So, naturally, I grabbed an old tie, poked some holes in it with a screw driver, stuck my cufflinks in and BAM; it’s the first cufflink strap.
Jack Straps was founded so that this idea of holes in a tie could become something grander and useful to the cufflink wearing world. The Jack Straps Cufflink Strap range is made in Melbourne from premium leather, and is the end result of years of following my dream to have a better way of storing cufflinks.
What strategies are you using to grow and finance your idea?
Social media is this thing I heard of once, and I’m pretty sure it will play a big role in the Jack Straps business strategy. Constantly annoying people with useful information and pretty pictures on these platforms is a key to the success of the Jack Straps Cufflink Strap.
So far, the financing has come mainly from selling a shoebox full of old baseball cards I found in a friend of mine’s safe deposit box. It’s amazing how much people will pay for them! The baseball card funds have also been augmented by my own savings.
What’s the biggest challenge facing your business?
As the Cufflink Strap is an innovation released on the world only recently, the hardest part of the Jack Straps business is to create product awareness. I am building product recognition through having a web presence on social media and sales sites, getting the word out to people when the occasion permits, and writing “Cufflink Strap” in wet cement at every opportunity.
How do your differentiate your business from your competitors?
My main competitor is the cufflink box. I feel that the Jack Straps Cufflink Strap is a compelling alternative to the space invading, cufflink damaging, and usually inconveniently placed cufflink box. The Cufflink Strap saves time in the morning routine, is ideal for travelling, and can be placed in a wardrobe, locker, or any convenient place you feel like hanging it.
What one phone, tablet or PC application could you not live without?
Google Drive. Being able to organise, retrieve and save files onto Google Drive from phone, tablet or PC means that I can keep all my business documentation organised and at hand, and can upload receipts, update business ideas and keep the bookwork up to date from anywhere at any time.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?
I have heard a lot of business advice over the years, here are my favourites:
Don’t wait, just do it – all it takes is 5 minutes a day to start something.
Never walk past an empty, clean toilet stall. (I took it literally, but I think what they actually meant don’t miss good opportunities just because you think there will be another one down the line).
Don’t trade while insolvent. It’s against the law.
From the beginning of time, men have needed a box – a box to put their junk in (pun most indeededly intended). Due to primal and uncontrollable instincts that come with manhood, men feel the need to display their loot to all who will look.
The answer to this need is simple: The Modern Man MUST have a cufflink box to display his cufflinks in, as you will soon come to understand with the following 3 reasons all Modern Men need a cufflink box.
Reason 1 to own a cufflink box: Modern Men have TOO MUCH SPACE on their dresser / bedside table / elaborate mantel piece with a bust carved into it of themselves looking triumphantly towards an incoming horde of Zombies.
The modern man doesn’t like it at all when the surfaces of his room are not occupied with manly items displaying his loot. He would rather fill his dresser, bedside table and mantel surfaces with troll dolls, One Direction singles and cufflink boxes. No need to have a clean space ready for more important things, like Oscar awards and the latest Apple products; a cufflink box out classes everything.
Reason 2 to own a cufflink box: Modern Men love breaking things, or losing things and blaming it on their significant other
If something isn’t broken, the day is not complete, so the Modern Man feels compelled to throw his cufflinks into a cufflink box. Perhaps he will chip or damage them in some way so that he can feel manlier. If this doesn’t work, I would advise people in the general vicinity to move slowly away. Don’t mention that you recorded over his ballet recital at this stage, leave it for later.
After depositing his cufflinks in the cufflink box, the Modern Man will promptly lose one in the myriad of other cufflinks. There is no doubt that the lost cufflink will be his significant others fault, which will cause a heated argument and potentially separation, divorce, and loneliness to be worn like a cape of pride for the Modern Man.
Reason 3 to own a cufflink box: Modern Men need to lift heavy things
When Modern Men travel, as their high paced and ‘highly’ paid job will require, they will need a bag as heavy as possible to display their manliness. This bag will include all work gear required for their travel – suits, comically large alarm clock, shirts, ties, comically small condoms, shoes and cufflinks. The Modern Man carries his cufflinks in a cufflink box to ensure that they are in the heaviest vessel possible for travel, which will increase the weight of his bag and hence increase his manliness. It also comes with the possibility to damage or to lose cufflinks bouncing around in the box as mentioned in Reason 2, killing two stones with one bird. Modern Men love killing stones.
A man needs a cufflink box to display and store his cufflinks in, as this is how it has always been done, which means it is the best way it can be done. Unless you have a Jack Straps Cufflink Strap.