15 October 2018

Shadow Gaming Review

If you've read our latest Blog going through a change then you will know that me, Carl and Dan both have gaming PC's so this post is written by our Close friend and new co-editor Alfie.

Alfie is a close friend of both of us and has been blogging for a next minute, he is a Men's Lifestyle and Craft Beer blogger, who also writes about other subjects, such as gaming.

Like I said above me and Dan both have a PC and both game on them but Alfie is a PS4 gamer, so playing games online with us is hard, well impossible, so it was a perfect fit for us to test out the latest gaming technology from the guys over at Shadow .


For the past two months, I have been testing a new hyped about a piece of gaming tech called, Shadow. My initial thoughts were “this must be a gimmick” and “they can’t be serious!” but it’s safe to say, I am actually quite impressed.



Shadow, brought to you by Parisian technology company, Blade Group, promises to provide you with “the best PC forever”, just take away the PC part. The company has been around since 2015 but Shadow itself was released in France in November 2017 after raising €60million (£52million) from private investors. From this point in 2017, Shadow started to be released internationally, first being in the United States and then coming to Europe.

So, you may be wondering “this is great but what the heck is it!?” - Let me answer that for you. Shadow isn’t physical unless you get the Shadow box, the components of your Shadow computer are located in highly secured data centres and runs on Windows 10.

Here’s the spec:

- 8 dedicated threads on an Intel Xeon server - 12GB DDR4 Ram - 256GB Storage (up to 1.25TB) - NVIDIA GTX 1080 equivalent - Included fiber connection with 1GB download and 100mps upload, your own internet connection is only used to display Shadow.

Bare in mind, the technology will also be upgraded as soon as the newest updates are available. Taking away the expensive hassle of replacing, and paying for new upgrades. All your games are in max settings which is always great but don’t worry you can change the settings to match your own preference.

My laptop and desktop are Apple and I have been searching for a service where I can run Windows without partitioning my computer and spending a fortune on a Windows disk. I have considered Parallels but it’s never attracted me enough. Mostly due to paying for Windows as a whole, and then for the Parallels service to run Windows on, a lot of headache and money.

Anybody can use Shadow, I’ve seen people run Shadow already on a Windows computer, just for the extra juice this service provides you. You can use Shadow on Android, Mac OS, Windows, and Linux (Ubuntu) and you can run the Shadow on a Smart TV, Tablet, or Smartphone... The service is targeted at Gamers but this is perfect if you are going to University and are looking for a powerful tool to aid your studies. It’s definitely a service you would want to look into.

The Shadow service at the moment only comes with one main bundle, which is priced at £26.95 per month and has a cancellation at any time policy. You also have the choice of adding a Shadow box to your order which is £109.95. If you compare the specs to other PCs on the market, it’s crazy value for money.

Shadow’s vision is to provide you with a complete package and their first start is with the Shadow Box, allowing you to directly boot Shadow as you would a computer. It offers you a complete ‘plug and play’ experience.

I believe the Shadow service is a fantastic offering to the gaming community and for anybody who does not want to fork out on the prices of building your own computer. I know some of you may be shaking your computer at that statement, but don’t get me wrong, building your own computer does give you a sense of achievement and pride that you’ve built your own beast.

If you’re like me, where you want to play games with your friends, not worry about the technical aspects of upgrading the RAM or Graphics Card, then I would definitely recommend looking at the Shadow service.



I’ve been playing a mix of SCUM and PUBG on the Shadow system and both have performed flawlessly on ultra settings, however, I have faced some issues with the service. This may not occur with your service, however, intermittently the service will freeze and appear as though it is buffering and then will work perfectly fine until the next time this occurs. This can be incredibly frustrating when playing games such as PUBG or Fortnite where you’re required to be alert at all times. If this is a known fault or bug, then hopefully this will be resolved.

The last issue is with my MacBook, if you currently own Shadow and are running it perfectly with full resolution, let me know. I’ve raised this a few times with the folks at Shadow, however, it appears that there is no resolution setting for the MacBook Pro 15” models of 2880 x 1800 and you’re left with a large black chin due to the screen being decreased.

Other than the above issues, my verdict is that I highly recommend Shadow to anybody looking for a high-quality service without the technical know-how. Just make sure, as with anything, you look into it and see if it is to your suiting first. If you are unsure or have any questions you can head over to the Shadow Twitter page and ask them!

Let me know in the comments below if you’re using Shadow or your thoughts on this service. I’ll see you all in the next post!


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26 September 2018

Male engagement (mangagement) rings — a trend to stay?




Male engagement (mangagement) rings — a trend to stay?

The push to normalize the male engagement ring flopped in the 1940s, but in more recent years we have seen men wearing a ring (also known as a mangagement ring), to show the world their taken status. So, where did it begin and is it here to stay? We take a closer look at the topic with engagement rings retailer Angelic Diamonds.

The rise of the trend

The male engagement ring was first seen on the internet in 2011 and since then, we have seen many men including celebrities supporting the concept.
It shows how much the times have changed considering that until the 1940s and 50s, men didn’t wear a wedding ring at all. It is thought that men began to wear their ring throughout this era as they went to war and wanted a reminder of their wives and families at home.
Even now, some men choose not to wear a wedding ring down to personal preference. Prince William, for example, is never seen with his wedding band on and neither is his grandfather Prince Phillip.
The legalisation of same-sex marriage has also influenced the rise of ‘mangagement’ rings. The UK passed the legislation in July 2013 and it came into force on 13 March 2014 with the first gay marriage. Following this, many jewellers have released a range of engagement rings for men and this has appealed to women who want to propose too.
When looking at Google data, it’s clear to see the trend is emerging too. When looking at the search volume of ‘men’s engagement rings’, there were 5,400 searches in October 2014. This more than doubled by September 2017 when the monthly search volume for the term was 12,100. A huge peak was noticed in February 2016 with 22,000 searches — this was around Leap Day (29th February) when it is traditional for women to propose to their other half.  

Women and the trend

Many women are welcoming the trend. Feminists have praised the idea and claimed that when women wear an engagement ring it is as though they are being branded but men are free to walk around as if they are single and not taken.
For others, it seems as though they simply want to show their appreciation for their other half by spending money on something special that they can keep — just like their ring.

Men and the trend

Some men are welcoming the trend and wearing a ring to show the world their engaged status. Michael Bublé was pictured wearing his engagement ring in 2010. On stage, he explained that this was a normal Argentinian custom according to his fiancée. Johnny Depp also wore an engagement ring, originally designed for a woman, when he bought it for his partner but it was too big. Celebrity Jennifer Hudson proposed to her fiancé with a diamond ring, seven months after he proposed to her.
Some men feel less comfortable than others wearing an engagement ring. Perhaps because of this, there has been a trend in engagement watches for men too. H.Q.Milton, a vintage watch boutique, revealed that they are now selling two or three engagement and wedding watches per month which they hadn’t done before. Similarly, the co-founder of Christopher Ward, a luxury watch company, said that they now had customers who were purchasing watches with personalised engagement messages engraved. It seems as though more women want to spend money on their other half instead of it being one-sided.

So, where is the trend heading? It appears as though our jewellery-wearing habits have changed already — from men refusing to wear wedding rings before the war to now. But will the ‘mangagement’ trend catch on and become a common thing? Or perhaps the engagement watch will become more popular. Whichever, it’s nice to see happy couples showing a symbol of their love.

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21 September 2018

Going Through A Change

Ablokeseyeview started in January 2014, however the time has come to make a change. So we are doing something new. We will be producing the same great content but moving into a different area!

A month or so back, I announced that my best mate Dan would be joining me at Ablokeseyeview. Which has worked out really well. Aside of the blogging we also gamed quite a bit together, as its a passion of ours we decided why not re brand the blog and head into the world of gaming and tech. Its not new to us both, we have grown up and been interested in gaming and tech forever! We are just looking forward to the epic content we will be bringing to the blog and all of our social pages.

What Now?

We are currently finishing off all of our lifestyle work and the brands we are working with. We will then be focusing on all things gaming and tech. There will be gaming/tech posts from past to present! We will be live streaming on our Twitch and Youtube accounts and hopefully creating some awesome video content you will enjoy. We will also be having a slight re brand which we are excited about, again this will be over the next month so keep an eye out for that.

Over the next year we want to be hitting some of the gaming and tech events in the UK and hopefully seeing some of our gamer following at them! The gaming community is growing, it is full of amazing people and we are glad to be a part of it! We have also both recently bought some new kit which we will be featuring on the blog very soon.

   

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We hope you enjoy our new content and please let us know what you want to see, whether its live streams of certain games, coverage of certain events etc.... Let us know in the comment section below and we will see what we can do :)

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14 September 2018

21 Day Herbalife Nutrition Challenge Completed

So back in July, we both took part in the Nile Wilson Herbalife Nutrition Challenge, full details can be found on our previous introductory post here.




In brief, the 21-day challenge was made up of  (Believe it or not) 21 daily videos which help improve you physically and mentally. The one thing we loved about these videos is that anyone and any fitness level could take part. They were really easy to follow and the workouts were great. Nile has a great personality and you can that he is passionate about his sport.

So the one thing you will all be wanting to know is how did we get on, did we see any results and did we take it all the way to the 21st day. Read below for each of our stories in relation to the Herbalife Nutrition 21 Day Challenge.

Carl's Progress



The challenge wasn't about weight loss for me, it was about regaining the strength that my body was lacking since I stopped playing sports. I am quite comfortable with my weight and that fact that I still use the Herbalife products every day, helps me maintain where I want to be at.

My body felt tired, I felt tired, I had no motivation at all, so starting the challenge was going to be a massive push for me but I was 100% committed and started it off really well.

After the 1st few sessions, I realised how unfit I was and what poor condition my body was in. I really struggled but pushed through the exercises and worked my hardest.

The routines were really good and I was using muscles in my body, I didn't know I had... the morning after the exercises were really funny, I had to roll out if bed a few times. I loved mixing the Herbalife products with the challenge, using the pre-workout before starting, and the protein shakes after worked really well be definitely helped with recovery.

I managed to complete the course, there were a few days where I had to do 2 sessions a night because I didn't have time to do it the day before but I managed. I totally understand why Nile's body is in such a good state and he can compete at the level he's does because these workouts really put you through your paces.

So on a personal note, I was really happy with my progress and I hope I can continue to get my strength back to where I want it to be.


Dan's Progress



I personally found it quite challenging, however, in that, I saw an opportunity to better myself both in body and mind. Whilst doing the challenge I lost 11lb in weight, I lost this much due to the drastic change in my lifestyle not because I was losing weight in an unhealthy way. I was constantly overindulging and not exercising. Not only did I lose the weight but I also gained a bit of confidence back which was great.

I am not a hardcore gym go-er neither am I a nutritionist, however, the products that Herbalife Nutrition sent over to use alongside this challenge were great. I have heard a lot of negative things about Herbalife Nutrition in the past and if the products were poor I would say so. Each and every product has really helped me get to where I am today. Even my mindset in relation to food has changed, I don't over indulge and even now I am still using the Herbalife Nutrition products that I have left over.

Overall it gets a huge thumbs up from me and a massive thank you to the Herbalife Nutrition team!

The 21-day challenge is still live on the Herbalife Nutrition blog here. So if like us you just needed that little bit of routine and some challenging workouts that can be done at home then go ahead and check it out.


Let us know if you took part in the challenge and what results you noticed in the comments section below and thanks for reading!

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7 September 2018

7 Ways Men Can Make Their Outfits More Interesting

As a man, it can be tough to create outfits that look stylish and interesting. You won’t want to look like you’re trying too hard, and women’s fashion advice just doesn’t apply. You’ll rarely find great, usable fashion advice for men. Here, we’ll discuss 7 ways men can make their outfits more interesting. Anybody can use the tips below, so get stuck in and have fun with your look!

  1. Incorporate More Texture
One reason an outfit can look boring is due to a lack of texture. If you’re the kind of guy who usually just throws on a t-shirt and some jeans, that’s fine, but it can look a little boring. Instead, try adding more texture in the form of a belt, jacket, or even your shoes.


2. Add The Right Accessories
The right accessories can make all the difference to your outfit - it’s simply a case of remembering to put them on, as this isn’t something that often comes naturally to men! Men can get away with all kinds of accessories, although it may feel weird at first if you’re not used to wearing them. Throw on a ring or a bracelet to see how you feel about it. You can try stacking a couple if you’re a little more comfortable with the idea. Don’t forget that scarves, glasses, and hats can make a huge difference to your outfit, too. If you don’t have a watch, now is the time to get one. Look at a watch shop sale and see if you find something that suits your style. Your arm should be considered naked without a stylish timepiece!

3 .Make Sure The Fit Is Right
The one thing you really want to focus on with any outfit you buy, is the fit. You have to make sure the fit is right for an outfit to look great, and this is especially important if you’re buying a suit, or even alone blazer and trousers. If you can’t find anything that fits you properly, don’t be afraid to visit a tailor and have them make it suitable for you.

4. Don’t Always Buy New
You don’t have to buy new to make a great outfit. Try looking in vintage stores to see if you can find something unusual!

5. Learn How To Layer
Layering your outfits is great for any time of year, but especially great for autumn and winter. Practice layering up different items and accessories to see what looks great on you.

6. Ignore Trends
Don’t bother following trends if you want your wardrobe to stand the test of time. You’ll be buying new items every week and quickly get bored with them. Define your own personal style for a wardrobe that lasts and lasts. You want to love everything that you wear and buy.

7. Invest In A Personal Shopper
A personal shopper can introduce you to styles and items you may never have previously considered. This is a great idea if you're stuck in a style rut!

CARL
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6 September 2018

Extreme Sports Don’t Have To Mean Extreme Risk


man surfing on waves

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to keeping fit. Some people like to spend hours each week working at the gym, using tools and machines to help them to improve their body. Others will prefer to exercise outside, taking a more natural approach, and giving themselves the chance to enjoy some time with the wild in the process. If these aren’t enough for you, though, going into extreme sports isn’t a big leap to make; you just have to find ways to keep yourself safe in the process.

This all starts with some training, and it’s worth taking the element very seriously. While sports like climbing and diving have developed to include loads of safety equipment, failing to follow the ruler can often result in injury, and this will halt your fitness in its tracks. To get the training you need, it’s worth looking for an organisation which specialises in giving it. PADI, for example, is well-known for its work in the field of diving, with people all over the world using them to get the training they need to be able to take part in this activity safely. You may have to look far and wide for this sort of help, but it is essential if you want to keep yourself safe, and will ultimately make you into a better sportsperson in the process.

Along with having the right kind of training, it is also a good idea to look for the right equipment to help you out. Over the last few years, sports like boxing and MMA have grown in popularity by a huge degree. When you take part in something like this, though, having the right equipment is fundamental to your safety. Options like Safejawz Mouthguards are a great example of the sort of kit you might want to take part in a sport like these. Along with this, though, you would also need the right gloves, helmets, and even clothing to make sure that no one gets badly injured while you’re in the ring.

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about attitude. It can be easy to feel overly secure in the sport you’re taking part in when you’ve been doing it for a long time, especially when nothing has ever gone wrong. In the case of a sport like base jumping, a lot of people have been hurt in the past when they haven’t take the right steps to check their gear. Having a single buckle left undone can present a tremendous risk in an environment like this, and you won’t notice it unless you check. There are often rules which come with these sorts of activities, and they will have been developed with safety in mind.

While the activities you take part in may be extreme, there’s never any reason to put yourself at risk when you’re taking part in them. Having an injury will make it hard for you to take part in a long time, and could even impact your ability to get involved in the future.

CARL


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5 September 2018

Think Carefully Before You Bring A Furry Friend Home!

For a lot of people, a family is never going to be complete without a pet in the house. After all, many of us grew up with pets and know just how much joy they can bring into our lives. The idea of adding an animal like a dog to your family might be something that you're considering, but it's always a good idea to think as carefully as possible before you make such a serious commitment. Because the truth is that there are a lot of challenges involved in bringing a dog into your home. Sure, you might remember all of the joy it brought you when you were growing up but you probably weren't aware of the amount of work that your parents were doing behind the scenes. With that in mind, here are some important questions to ask if you're thinking of bringing a furry friend into your family.

What do they need?

White and Brown Shih Tzu Mix Puppy With Minion Toy on Green Grass

If you think that a dog is going to come into your home entirely on its own then you're sorely mistaken. Even if you're just getting a single dog, you're going to end up with a home that's totally full of stuff. Sure, there's the obvious stuff like food bowls, dog beds, and a lead. But you should also think about things like a harness to stop them pulling on the lead, toys to keep them entertained, and a regular supply of treats to help with training. The last thing you want is to end up in a position where you bring your new furry friend home and you realize that you don't have enough of the stuff that they really need. The best thing to do is to do as much research as possible and make a checklist in advance of bringing them home.

Do you have enough space?

You might assume that a dog can fit into just about any home and, to a certain degree, that's true. However, even the smallest dog can end up taking up far more space in your home that you might realize. Few things can make your life more stressful than having something running around right under your feet every second of the day. The other issue with bringing a dog into a smaller home is that they might not have the chance to stretch their legs properly. If that's the case then you need to make sure that you're taking them for nice long walks so that they have the chance to wear themselves out and aren't going to end up feeling frustrated and stifled at home.

Can you afford it?

Whether you're buying a puppy or adopting a dog, you're probably going to end up spending at least some money on it. However, the mistake that a lot of people make is that they assume that that's the only money that they really need to spend on their dog. The truth is that a dog can be a pretty hefty investment. Not only do you have the cost of the animal itself, as well as things like its bed and toys, but you also need to think about the more regular costs like food. You should also think about pet insurance. It might seem like a lot of money to spend on your pet but if they're not insured then you run the risk of having to pay out some seriously big vet bills if something happens to them. You need to make sure that a pet is something that you have room for in your budget before making any concrete decisions.

Do you have the time?

animal, animal photography, animal portrait

Of course, a dog is not just a financial commitment but a time commitment as well. If you want a dog then you've got to make sure that you have the time to take them out for walks as well as spending time with them. Dogs are naturally social creatures and they don't like to be left on their own for too long. If you're out of the house from sunrise to sunset, then your furry friend is going to end up getting incredibly stressed out because of it. This is especially true for puppies since they need a lot of time and attention when it comes to training, but the same goes for older dogs as well. If you don't have the time to actually look after them then a dog might not be the right pet for you and your family.

Are your kids old enough?

A dog is a pretty big responsibility and not all kids are old enough to be able to handle that responsibility. Kids and dogs can go together wonderfully but if your children are too young to fully understand the responsibilities that they have when it comes to owning a dog, that can be a problem. Your dog might want to play but if your children are very young, they might end up being too rough with your dog which can not only make their lives miserable but can result in them lashing out and potentially hurting your children pretty badly. You need to make sure that your kids are old enough for you to be able to properly educate them about how to behave around dogs.

Now, please don't think that any of this is designed to stop you from getting a dog if you really want one. The truth is that dogs can bring so much happiness into yours and your family's life, regardless of how much work it can often involve. The point of this list is not to tell you that getting a dog would be a bad idea, but rather it's to help you think as carefully as possible about the kinds of things that you really have to do rather than falling into the trap of biting off more than you can chew. After all, the last thing you want is to bring a dog into your home only to realize that you're not ready for the sheer amount of work that can often be involved in caring for it.
CARL
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3 September 2018

Prepping Yourself for a Big Night Out


We tend to get into a bit of a routine through our day to day lives. We have a routine for getting ready for work or to heading down the shops to do the grocery shopping, and these generally involve dedicating as little time to preening ourselves, because this means we can spend a little extra time in bed, or doing whatever else we fancy doing.  But every now and then a big night will come up and we’ll want to look the part. Not only can you guarantee there will be people out who you want to look good in front of, but photos from the event or night out are bound to end up splashed over social media too. So, here’s everything you need to do to prep yourself and leave the house looking fresh.

Book in for a Haircut

We all look and feel better after a haircut. We never look better than when we’ve just left the barber’s chair. So, book in for a cut or neaten up the day before the event. This means you’ll be looking on point without having to worry that little bits of cut hair are going to still be stuck on your neck or falling onto your clothes.

Know What You’re Going to Wear

Know what you’re going to wear before the day you’re heading out. If you want to look particularly sharp, consider buying a new outfit. Browse a range of high-quality shirts in the John Henric UK collection and considered extra touches, like cufflinks.

Make Sure Your Outfit is Ready to Wear

We’ve all been there at some point - we’re ready to head out and all we need to do before heading out of the door is to throw our clothes on, only to find that the outfit we had in mind is dirty and unwearable. This is why it’s so important that we have an outfit ready to wear. Have everything you need clean, ironed, and hung up, ready to wear from the hanger. If you’ve purchased new clothes for the occasion, try them on well in advance, so that you can be sure that they fit. If they don’t, you’ll have given yourself plenty of time to return and exchange them.

Neaten Up Your Facial Hair

If you’re a clean-shaven kind of guy, make sure to have a shave before heading out. If you have a longer beard, you can still benefit from neatening things up with a beard trimmer and specialist products like beard oils or balms.

Have a Spray of Aftershave

Remember to spritz yourself with aftershave before heading out of the door. This is a great final touch. But don’t overdo it. You want your scent to be subtle, not overpowering.

These are just a few steps that you can take to make sure that you’re rearing and ready to go ahead of a big night out. They’re simple to incorporate into your routine, but they will make sure that you look suave and sharp!
CARL
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31 August 2018

Rugby Is More Than A Sport

For me, Rugby is more than Just a game. Some of you may play the game, or you're an ex-player, you may be just a fan and enjoy going to the games and enjoying the rugby hospitality packages the teams and grounds have to offer and of course, the amazing environments at the games. A lot of you may not even like the sport.

 Well, I'm a mixture of loving, playing and watching.
 Some of you may know that I'm a massive rugby fan and it plays a massive part in my family life too, me and my son almost do something rugby related about three quarters of the week, if it's not me talking him to training or to his games, it's me either playing touch and pass with my teammates or watching live games when they are on TV.

When I was a kid Rugby was my no1 sport until I became a teenager and realised my body didn't grow like others and then I took up football until I reached the age of 29 and I thought to my self If I don't get back in to rugby now, it will never happen... So I did but I got a few bad injuries over the years, so I didn't get to play as much as would have liked to.

But for me, it wasn't all that bad because I kept myself involved with the rugby club by going to watch the games and sometimes even helped out being the water boy for the team.
Obviously, I would have preferred to have been playing but just being around a group of mates having a laugh was ok for me.

For me that's what rugby is about, you could also call it a family, I am still in contact with some of the guys I played with at junior level.



The saying " your rugby mates, will be mate for life" gets said quite a lot around the rugby club, now and even back when I was a kid, now, it's also something I say to my 12-year-old boy who at the moment plays alk year round playing both codes of rugby and has a huge group of mates, not only from the teams he plays for but for teams all around the local district.



I know training is supposed to be the time when he should be getting his rugby head on and training hard but it's also a time he gets to hang out with his mates, I remember having so much fun at training sessions but also knowing when to tone it down and focusing on the session to better myself.

He's getting to the age now where the rugby he is playing is getting more and more competitive and turning that fun at training to hard work which will not only help them pulling together as a team but also helping them form a bond which hopefully will last a lifetime.


I'm really looking forward to seeing what his future is when it comes to rugby, it's not long until he has to choose either league or union... but one thing I know is that he will have the support of his coaches, friends and his parents.

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30 August 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Cufflinks

The lines are becoming more and more blurred between men’s and women’s jewellery. Last year saw the ‘male choker’ rise in popularity, for instance, which had long been an item that was exclusive to ladies’ jewellery collections.
We still have traditions attached to various pieces of jewellery though, as evident by pieces like tie clips, signet rings and cufflinks which have all traditionally been worn by men. Focusing on cufflinks in particular, join antique silverware and jewellery stockists AC Silver as they take a look through the history of this ever-popular piece of jewellery and the various types currently available…

Defining cufflinks

Essentially, cufflinks act as an alternative to having buttons on the cuffs of shirts. Many shirts, especially ones made for more formal occasions will be made with no buttons on the cuffs, and instead, have two small holes to allow for cufflinks. Cufflinks offer more of a contrast than just having buttons on a shirt and also allow the wearer to show off a bit more of their own personality and personal style.
Then there are dress sets, which include collar studs and sometimes tie pins as well as cufflinks.

The history of cufflinks

The first evidence of cufflinks was recorded during the 15th century, but they did not become a popular piece of jewellery until the later years of the 18th century. Then as we moved into the 19th century, and more men were progressing to the middle classes, they began to wear a more conventional wardrobe: a suit by day and a dinner jacket of tailcoat in the evening. By the middle of the 19th century cufflinks had become very popular and every man in the middle and upper classes were wearing cufflinks. Alongside the industrial revolution, this meant that they could be mass produced and available within every price range.
Men with a lot of self-confidence were the only ones to wear coloured and gemstone cufflinks though. It was Edward VII (Prince of Wales at this time) that popularised coloured cufflinks by wearing colourful Fabergé cufflinks.

Various styles and designs of cufflinks began to be experimented by an ever-growing number of designers as we moved through the first half of the 20th century. As more cufflinks were being worn than ever before. They started becoming available in many different materials and colours, using precious stones as well as semi-precious stones and cheaper simulants. Coloured enamel cufflinks featuring intricate often geometric designs were very popular at this time.
It was around this time that a new sportier style of shirt began to hit the market. This attire featured unstarched cuffs, which could be fastened with simple buttons.

As we progressed into the 1950s, the global economy began to recover from the shortages that resulted from the Second World War. As a result, gentlemen of the period liked to adorn themselves in a range of different accessories. Such items included cigarette cases, lighters, tie accessories, wristwatches, and signet rings and of course this included an extensive assortment of cufflinks.

There was a dip in popularity surrounding cufflinks throughout the 1970s though. This is because many of the middle-class generation (the Woodstock generation) turned toward a more casual style of fashion. This meant most shirts were made with buttons on the cuffs, rather than holes left for cufflinks. Many heirlooms where also made into earrings.

Fortunately, cufflinks began their comeback during the 1980s within traditional male dress. This has continued into today, with more types and styles of cufflinks available than ever before. As well as a new found style of cufflinks being used by, and manufactured for women, as well.

The types of cufflinks available today

You have an abundance of styles and types to choose from when shopping for cufflinks today. In fact, cufflinks can be made from a variety of materials, and cufflinks made from gold or platinum can even be purchased, both with gemstones and without. You will also find there are options in less expensive metals, such as silver or titanium.
For more affordable items, there’s cufflinks constructed from soft cord or knotted silk as well.  However, take note that these are easily the least durable; this style is mainly preferred as a more casual choice. 

Fittings of cufflinks

Bullet back cufflinks and whale back cufflinks are two of the most common styles of cufflinks which are currently available.

What are bullet back cufflinks?

Bullet back cufflinks have proven popular as a result of their durability and because of how easy they are to wear. Rather than having a solid post, they have a hollow frame with a small bar or tube of metal that sits inside the frame. The tube can then rotate at a 90-degree angle, allowing the cufflinks to lock - leaving the hollow frame as the post.
Their design means that bullet back cufflinks will only have a single decorative face. Meanwhile, the back of these items is just the simple tube of metal.

What are whale back cufflinks?

You’ll recognise whale back cufflinks for their flat head and solid straight post design. There is a “whale tail” at the end that flips completely flat against the post. Like the bullet back cufflinks, the whale back cufflinks are very easy to use and very durable, this is what makes them a popular choice for most men.

A look at some other types of cufflinks available

What are ball return cufflinks?

You’ll be able to identify ball return cufflinks thanks to them having an arched post that comes complete with a small, heavy ball of metal on one end and a decorative face on the other end. They provide a slightly looser fastening than hinged cufflinks. They can be an expensive choice if they are made from precious metals, due to the size and weight of the ball, adding to the material cost of the item. The ball can sometimes be decorated with a small symbol, or it can be left plain.

What are chain link cufflinks?

Chain link cufflinks stand out for their two decorative faces — which are often identical in design — as well as the fact they are connected using a short length of chain. They are a looser fitting than other fastenings available and are the most traditionally style of cufflinks.
Variations of chain link cufflinks are available though. For instance, one alternative design is where a small thin rod of metal is used, with the two faces attached loosely at the ends attached with jump rings.

What are locking dual-action cufflinks?

A more contemporary style of the jewellery, dual-action cufflinks are similar in design to the fastening of a wristwatch. The cufflink has a hinge in the middle that allows them to slip into the buttonholes, and clips shut to hold the cuff together.

What are stud or button style cufflinks?

There are no moving parts present on stud or button back cufflinks. Instead, they have a large decorative face attached to a small solid post with a smaller head or backing on the inside.
You need to tilt the smaller head of this type of cufflink and work it through the button holes in order to put them into place. They tend to be secure once in though, and as there are no moving parts that could possibly wear over time, they are a durable option.

A guide to wearing cufflinks

You have a choice between ‘kissing cuffs’ and ‘barrelled cuffs’ when it comes to how you wear cufflinks.

How to wear kissing cuffs

  1. Make sure that the bar of the cufflink (if it has one) is pointing straight down to make it easy to inset.
  2. Pinch the two cuffs when the holes are next to each other.
  3. Simply slip the cufflink into the two holes with the decorative face pointing up.
  4. Twist the small bar back into the horizontal position (if there is one) to lock the cufflinks and stop them from slipping out.
So long as you line up the hole correctly, this technique can also be used on single cuffs as well as double (French) cuffs.

How to wear barrel cuffs

Barrel cuffs is the more casual option of the two techniques. This is due to this method making the cuffs appear thinner, giving the shirt a sportier look. The main difference is rather than pinching the cuffs together to align the holes. Place one cuff on top of the other and line the hole up (so that it would fasten as it would if there were a button attached).
While this is a more contemporary way to wear cufflinks, take note that they work great when you’re wearing slimmer fitting shirts. Personally, we wouldn’t recommend this way for fastening for double cuffs, as it can make them slightly bulky, however, the great thing about style is it’s completely up to you with no right or wrong way to do something!

Deciding when’s best to wear cufflinks

While cufflinks may be more formal jewellery pieces, they can be worn day-to-day if you’d like. More men are becoming style conscious, and enjoy showing off their personal tastes. When it comes to fashion, cufflinks are a great way to do this! With so many styles and colours available, you can change the look of a shirt or entire outfit very easily.

Cufflinks in plain styles are recommended if you’re going to use the jewellery for everyday use though. This is because as they sit on your sleeves all day, the last thing you would want to do is accidently hit your wrist off your desk as you’re typing and knock a small gemstone loose from a pave setting!

There will be a time and a place for showing off your glitzier styles of cufflinks mind. Think birthdays, family or office parties, or anytime that calls for a more formal attire, as these will make for the perfect occasions to show off your most dazzling cufflinks.

Don’t be afraid to break from tradition though. There are no set rules as to when the right time to wear a certain style of cufflink is, so it really is up to you! There are even many novelty themed cufflinks around if you would like to show off a particular interest in something too, like football-themed cufflinks for example.

 
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