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Fresh take on a French look

August 9th, 2011 No Comments

— Andrew Woj, The Straight Guy’s Stylist

This week, reader Joe asks:

“I’ve seen pictures of celebrities and men on fashion blogs with small colored knots in their lapels.  What is your take on the look and more importantly, what the heck are these?”

My take on the look.

GO FOR IT!  This is a great way to be a little more individual, especially when wearing a suit or jacket in the summer.  A tiny splash of color, like the yellow you see above, can knock an otherwise completely neutral look up a notch and out of the ballpark.

What is it exactly?

The small knots you see are actually cufflinks.  Also called “monkeys fists” or “turk’s head,” this alternative to the cufflink was introduced by the Parisian shirt maker Charvet in the 20th century.  Not only is it more affordable, but it’s a bolder statement than a traditional metal cufflink and certainly more appealing than any novelty cufflink.  Traditionally made from silk, they are now more mass produced in materials like polyester and cotton.

One stop shops

You can tie the knot on a relationship with these guys by picking them up in a number of places.  Brooks Brothers offers a set for $9 and you can pick from a virtual rainbow of colors.  You can pick up a dozen in assorted colors on Ebay.  Just slip two through your shirt cuffs or put one in the buttonhole in your jacket’s lapel and voila!  The look is achieved.

Ask more questions about men’s fashion and style by emailing me at andrew@morethanmary.com

Photos via the Brooks Brothers blog.