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Oval Cuff Links: Orientation?

Lafont

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Just got a smashing pair of oval cuff links, vermeil and enamel, from the great Brooks Brothers - paid for mainly with the daughter and son-in-law's gift certificate in honor of my 25th anniversary at my agency. Question: should their access be parallel to the arm length or across the cuff? Which is considered "more correct" or which do you guys thinks looks better or is "smarter" looking? Actually, the cuff links themselves have two sets of stripes, as can be seen here:
 

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I would put the longest dimension parallel to the arm. It never occurred to me that they could be put the other way, parallel just makes sense.
 

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I prefer the long axis parallel to the arm. I have a couple pairs of nice double-sided links that I got from Ebay seller hcgems, and I love them except for the fact that the ring on the back of the links is soldered so that they have to sit the other way, across the arm. This annoys me.
 

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I always use the cuff link posts as orientation references.

In my mind, the posts of the cuff links (---|) should always be perpendicular to the cuff hole.
 

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Silly me - That's almost a given! Yes, the post thing that secures the more visible part should really be perpendicular to the buttonhole. If in the same direction it might well cave through....
Of course, were cuff links the kind that are ovals but two-sided the question would be more of a challenge.
One of my trusty BB salesmen today said he too goes along with the oval's longer side being parallel to the arm, but neither did he think in terms of the direction of the post underneath.
In any case, no wonder it seems so natural for the ovals to be situated as you guys recommend.
 

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Originally Posted by Lafont
Question: should their access be parallel to the arm length or across the cuff?
I've never actually experimented with this, but I'd be willing to bet that no matter how you tried to orient the links, they would eventually rotate themselves so that the longer dimension is parallel to one's arm. The tension of the cuff would almost ensure this, no?
 

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However, in the nicest solid cufflinks, which are double-sided with a curved link bar, the link bar should already be shaped as to allow only one comfortable orientation. Sometimes, this orientation will be so...



...in which the link has the longer axis perpendicular to the arm.


- B
 

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Yes, I acknowledge that with double cuff links the other option is more possible.
voxsatoria: what's the deal with that sleeve? Looks like my Acquscutum house check, as seen in my "identity" cap....
 

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