Cufflinks are one of the most important accessories for any man. They can make or break your outfit. If you don’t have a good pair of cufflinks, then it will be difficult to wear a suit properly.
You might even look like a clown! A well made pair of cuff links can last you years and if they aren’t, they usually cost more than what you paid for them anyway.
There are many types of cufflinks out there. Some are fancy, some are plain and some just look pretty. There’s no right or wrong type of cuff link.
What matters is that you get the best ones you can afford and that they fit your neck perfectly. The best way to do this is to buy from a reputable source such as Montblanc, Tiffany & Co., or Gucci. These brands offer their customers the best quality and price.
The following are some of the things you need to consider when buying cufflinks:
Size – How big are your wrists? Are they small or large?
If they’re too big, then you won’t be able to comfortably wear cufflinks. On the other hand, if they’re too small, then you’ll probably feel uncomfortable wearing them because of how loose they are around your wrist. The best way to do this is to try them on at a store or measure your wrist using a tape measure.
Quality – What’s the quality of the cufflinks?
Ideally, you want to buy cufflinks made with precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, or other precious metal or gemstones. These are more expensive than the regular ones made from plastic or cheaper metals such as aluminum. Also, avoid buying cufflinks with sharp edges or points as these can prick your skin and cause an injury.
Design – What is the design of the cufflinks? Is it plain and simple or are they fancy and flashy?
You want to make sure that the design of your cufflinks matches your personality and style. Also, the design should complement the rest of your outfit. For instance, you wouldn’t wear a pair of Mickey Mouse cufflinks with a tuxedo.
When you shop for cufflinks, here are some precautions you should take to ensure your safety and prevent yourself from getting ripped off:
Never buy something that looks suspicious. This includes anything that looks like it has been stolen. Thieves sometimes try to unload the stolen items at a lower price to unsuspecting buyers.
Don’t buy anything that’s advertised at a very low price. There is almost always a reason for it.
Be careful when buying from street vendors or other people selling things door-to-door. These people may not be trustworthy and you don’t know where they got the item.
Don’t buy anything that’s too good to be true. If you feel like something is too cheap compared to the rest, then it probably is.
Check the goods. Always inspect the product before you buy it. Make sure that it’s not damaged or has something wrong with it.
Never buy anything from people who are unwilling to let you inspect the product first. This is a sign that they’re trying to hide something about it.
Make sure that everything is in order and that everything works properly.
Test everything, if possible. For example, if you’re buying a digital camera or phone, try out all of the features to make sure that it works properly.
Check for recalls. Before buying a used item, check to see if it’s been recalled by the manufacturer. This is especially important when buying toys for your children.
Beware of scams. If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Scammers may try to sell you fake brand name products and pass them off as the real thing.
Ask a lot of questions. If you’re buying a big ticket item, ask a lot of questions about it so you can be sure that it’s in good working condition and isn’t stolen.
Get receipts for everything you buy. This is especially important when buying expensive items. If something does go wrong, you’ll have a paper trail that proves that you bought the item.
Take someone you can trust with you, such as a friend or a family member. Having a second set of eyes can help you avoid getting ripped off.
Things You’ll Need
When you go to buy cufflinks, here’s a list of things you’ll need:
Driver’s license (if you’re old enough to drive)
Proof of Residency (such as a utility bill or insurance papers)
Choose a store or website to shop at. If you haven’t already got one in mind, here are some suggestions: Try to stay away from the website that sells a lot of brand name items that you’ve never heard of before. They’re probably selling fake items.
Pick a store that sells well-known brand names that you know, trust and like. Shop around. Look around online to see if you can find something similar but cheaper. If you find a lower price, make sure that the site is reputable before you send them your money. For more suggestions, see below. Check the item for recalls and other safety issues. You can do this online with the following websites:
CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Health Canada (Canadian Health Organization)
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