Fashion Advice

Men’s Hairstyle Tips For 2010

935170_cest_moiIf you’ve been going to the same barber since you were 12, or you haven’t changed your haircut since your mom was using a bowl to cut a straight line, it’s time to upgrade your hairstyle for 2010. There are a lot of options out there for the well dressed man today, and there’s no excuse to not have hair that looks as good as your new suit and a tasteful set of cufflinks.

  1. Choose the right tools. You need a good sturdy comb and brush in order to style your hair. Don’t skimp here or you’ll have trouble creating the look you want, even with the right haircut and products. And of course, they don’t have to be expensive to be well made!
  2. Products are important! When it comes to hair care, you really do get what you pay for. Look for salon quality products that will hold your hair all day and actually nourish each hair follicle to keep it shiny and healthy.
  3. Choose a classic cut. You might love the look of a mohawk (not at the office we hope!) or some other complex cut, but will you have the time in the morning to style your hair? Choosing a cut that’s easy to maintain will ensure it’s simple for you to look your best. A side part or some messy bed head is simple to do even when you’re in a rush!

Behind The Cufflinks: Jade

jadeOne of the things we love most about cufflinks is the huge variety of styles that they come in. There are cufflinks in just about every metal and stone on the planet today. But if you’re not familiar with the stones that make up our cufflinks, you might not understand the true worth of these wonderful accessories. To that end, we’ve decided to start examining the different materials that make up some of our favorite cufflinks.

Some of the most unique cufflinks we have in stock right now are made out of jade. This stone has long been used in jewelry and is loved for how well it can be carved. This ornamental stone may come in a variety of colors, though the most common is green. It is most famous for the carvings that the ancient Chinese used it for.

Today, jade is most commonly used in jewelry. A ring of jade was even featured in the 2008 Olympic medals. We love jade cufflinks just as much as we love ladies jade necklaces and earrings. This ancient stone is always in style!

Valentine’s Day Gifts He’ll Love!

tazWe can hardly believe how fast the time has flown. There’s only a week left in January and before you know it Valentine’s Day will be upon us! We’re still recovering from Christmas and New Year’s, but we can’t deny the charm of February 14th.

Some men can be notoriously hard to buy gifts for, especially on Valentine’s Day. If he’s not a big fan of candy, what else can you do? We polled everyone in our office and came up with some great suggestions:

  • Cook for him. A home cooked meal and hand made dessert are sure to warm his heart! Everyone loves to be pampered, so creating a whole night just for him is a fun gift to give.

  • Romance themed cufflinks. If he loves to look good, why not spruce up his sleeves with some new cufflinks? We have a full line of wedding and romance themed cufflinks that will do the trick! Even better, right now you can get him two for the price of one during our Valentine’s Day Sale!

  • Be practical. Does he need a new wallet? Are his favorite sneakers looking a little worn? Buy him some brand new accessories and keep him looking great!

Do you have a hard time shopping for the man in your life? If you have any tips or great stories, let us know in the comments and we’ll share them!

Happy New Year From Just Cufflinks!

celebrationWith 2009 almost gone, and a fresh year on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their continued support of JustCufflinks.com! We couldn’t continue to grow like we have without all of our loyal customers.

If you’ve got big plans this new year, don’t forget to dress to impress. Everyone will be out with their cameras and cell phones ready to snap pictures, so you want to look your best. You can’t go wrong with a french cuff shirt for New Year’s Eve!

Besides the traditional glittery hats and 2010 eye glasses, dress up your look with a festive pair of cufflinks! Even if you don’t get wild and crazy, you’ll still be ready for the ball drop at midnight with our celebration cufflinks.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year’s and a happy and prosperous 2010!

Men’s Fashion 101: Washing Dress Shirts

No matter how funky and unique your cufflinks are, they’re not going to do a thing for you if the shirt you’re wearing them on is old, faded or stained. If you’re not taking proper care of your clothing, it’s going to cheapen your overall look. It doesn’t take long to learn how to properly wash your dress shirts, and it’s a small investment to make with big rewards. You’ll save money by saving on dry cleaning bills and you won’t have to replace clothes as often.

  1. Read Care Labels – before you do anything, read the instructions that came built right into your shirt! Once you’re sure that it’s safe to wash at home, remove the collar stays and button up the collar and a few chest buttons to keep it from become tangled in the washer.

  2. Wash On Delicate – slow down the washing machine’s speed and it will preserve the life of your clothes. While faster settings may be more convenient, in the long run they may cause damage. Warm and cold water are best for colored shirts, and hot is best for white.

  3. Choose Detergent Carefully – It’s best to opt for a hypoallergenic, high efficiency detergent without scents or dyes. The harsher the chemicals, the more likely they’ll break down the fabric.

With a little care and effort, your shirts will last almost as long as your cufflinks!

Can A Cufflinks-Wearing-Groom Be A Wedding Planner, Too?

(Psss…this great post was written by our new friends over at MyWeddingWorkbook.com and Groomasaurus.com – enjoy!)

Cufflinks are one of the many pieces of attire that grooms (and often your brides) have to keep track of prior to your wedding day, and attire is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the details involved in wedding planning. There’s guest lists, budgets and payments, wedding cakes, photographers, invitations and save-the-date cards, DJs and musicians, flowers, decorations, venues … the list seems to go on and on.

In the past, grooms pretty much took a step back and let their brides take over the wedding planning, mostly because the bride had the vision and the passion for being the main wedding planner (and also probably because the groom felt that he didn’t want to step on his fiancee’s toes or get in the way). But now grooms are taking a much more active role in being a co-pilot and assistant wedding planner, and this is refreshing, mainly because a marriage is a partnership, and by teaming up together to plan their wedding, a bride and a groom are committing to doing things as a team.

A great way to collaborate in planning a wedding is to split up duties, especially if you or your fiancee have certain areas that appeal to you. For example, brides are sometimes more design-focused than grooms, so the bride could be in charge of the decor and flowers, whereas guys are often very music and drink focused, so interviewing DJs and negotiating with the venue regarding beverages may be good responsibilities for guys. Whatever the arrangement, by each taking control of certain tasks, you can both team up together to accomplish your goals.

However, when you’re planning, it would be very helpful if you both had a tool that you could use to manage all your details so you both keep everything in the same place. This is where an online wedding planner can help out. This is basically Web-based wedding software that enables you to store and manage all your wedding details so you are always on top of everything. My Wedding Workbook is a great tool to use for this purpose, mainly because it is so comprehensive, easy-to-use and well integrated. Plus, it’s tools are free to use, so there’s really no drawback to signing up and trying it out. (And, they’ve even created event planning software for wedding consultants). Just give this free wedding planner a try, and you and your bride will soon be well on your way to planning the wedding of your dreams.

Celebrate Your Pooch With Cufflinks

Fun Bulldog Cufflinks

Fun Bulldog Cufflinks

Dog lovers are a very particular breed of people. They love all dogs, but some tend to have quite a passion for their favorite breed. If you know and love a dog person, odds are you’ve run the gamut with dog-related gifts for them. Or have you?

Forget the sweatshirts and purses with their favorite pooch on the front. What the fashionable dog lover really needs is a set of dog cufflinks! We’ve collected as many breeds and styles as we could get our hands on. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Black Labs – These cute little enameled black lab cufflinks are the perfect reminder of your best friend. Whether he’s at home by the fire or out on the lake, you’ll always have him by your side!

Bulldogs – It’s hard to resist the face of a bulldog. These bulldog cufflinks are modeled after the classic English Bulldog and capture that expression perfectly!

Basset Hounds – The sweet and loyal basset hound has been charming people for centuries with their long, floppy ears and short legs. Show off your favorite hound with these classic basset hound cufflinks!

Get Your Holiday Style On!

If this is your holiday look... ditch the antlers and read on for more style tips!

If this is your holiday look... ditch the antlers and read on for more style tips!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? The holiday season is almost upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s so much fun to get together with old friends and loved ones to celebrate Christmas. With all of the parties coming up, you’ll want to appear festive and fun, without looking tacky. For more formal gatherings, you’ll need a way to add some holiday to your dress clothes. Leave the  reindeer sweater at home and spread the holiday cheer with some Christmas cufflinks!

Holiday cufflinks look great with your best suit. You could wear your regular cufflinks, or a solid red or green pair as well, if you like to keep things simple. Spice your look up with some traditional Christmas Tree cufflinks or even Santa Claus cufflinks. If you’re really daring, we’ve got a set of Santa cufflinks that would probably make Mrs. Claus blush!

Once you’ve got your cufflinks picked out, look for a more festive tie to compliment your look. Again, we’re not advocating the reindeer tie (close cousin to the sweater), but something red or green, or an understated Christmas pattern can compliment your look wonderfully!

For more casual gatherings, consider a funny Christmas t-shirt paired with a blazer, or some red or green sneakers. Whatever the dress code, the key to a fun holiday look is to focus on just one or two elements, rather than going Christmas from head to toe. You’ll be the life of the party and everyone will compliment you on your great holiday style!

How To Wear Cufflinks

yhst-40444713696840_2079_167131999We know many of our readers and avid shoppers are already well acquainted with wearing cufflinks, but we wanted to stop and give some tips for those that might be new to the world of cufflinks. If you’re giving cufflinks as a gift, or if you just bought your first pair, this post is for you!

First, you have some options when it comes to how you wear the shirt itself. You can fold the ends of the cuff over each other, like a regular button cuff, and then put on your cufflinks. However, you can also pinch the ends together, so they extend out from your wrist. This option is more popular as it is more eye catching and will better show off two sided cufflinks.

Next, there are three main styles of cufflinks. It’s very simple to put them on:

1. Swivel Post:  turn the post so it is in line with the cufflink and then insert it through the buttonholes from outside to inside. Turn the post back so the cufflinks are now secure. These are one style that works best with cuffs folded over each other, so the back side is hidden!

2. Button Style: Secure these cufflinks by sliding one button through both buttonholes. You will have a decorative piece on both sides of the cuff!

3. Clip Style: Snap these cufflinks together by putting each half through a buttonhole and attaching them in between, holding your cuff secure.

Tips for Looking Professional Every Day

Are You Dressed To Impress?

Are You Dressed To Impress?

Making the right impression is important, especially if you find yourself in a career path where impressions are everything. Don’t be caught looking drab. Instead, be sure that your look is always sharp and on the cutting edge by following these quick and easy tips for looking professional every day:

  1. First off, smile! A great impression is always made with a friendly disposition. Just make sure that smile really shines by keeping your teeth clean and your breath fresh.
  2. Make sure that your hair is clean, well cut, and styled to perfection. It’s one of your best accessories.
  3. Never underestimate the power of an iron and ironing board. Wrinkled clothing can be an instant turn off. Be sure that you look pressed and crisp.
  4. Ever thought about getting a manicure? Well groomed hands and nails can make the right impression when you’ve got to shake a lot of hands.
  5. Dress for the occasion. Really make an effort to dress appropriately but still to impress.