Originally Posted by clownmitts
I've never seen studs before. How are the regularly worn? They look difficult to put on - are they?
Removable studs are usually used on the fronts of formal shirts, in place of sewn-on buttons. Though I do have one black casual collarless buttondown that uses them...
Since the studs are intended to pass through only two pieces of fabric, the shaft tends to be shorter than on a true cufflink, so they can be a bit trickier to put on. A little practice and a little patience goes a long way. I'm also lucky (?) enough to have hands that are small and flexible enough that on certain FC shirts, I can actually put the links/studs in first
and then put the shirt on and stuff my hand through the cuff; it's much easier when you can use two hands to put the studs in. (Better still to have a partner who can assist you, but alas, mine rises later than I do...)
Anyway, for the first time in years, I just tried the 'overlapping' cuff method I described earlier, and I see that my memory betrayed me -- it's really not noticeably less conspicuous than the traditional cuffing method, since the overlapping cuff tends to flare away from the cuff a bit. Anyone who would care would still be able to notice that you're doing something "a bit fancy, eh?" A somewhat less conspicuous alternative is to actually insert the 'V' of one upturned end into the other before putting the link through (does that make sense?). This tightens up the whole fastening, making it less noticeable. But your most effective ally in making your french cuffs more subtle will be simple, no-fuss MOP links/studs.
But all that's just for informational purposes in case you want to experiment with other options for fun -- as others have said, just dress well and don't apologize for it.