Cufflinks first appeared in fashion in the 1600s. However, the cufflink didn’t become popular until the end of the 18th century. The downturn of ribbons and ties, which typically held men’s shirts in place at the wrist, quickly fell out of style. Thus, the cufflink was introduced as a mark of a high-class man during that time. At first, the cuffs of a men’s shirt were considered an undergarment. Historians suggest that, much like a woman’s style of exposed ankles, the rise of cufflinks also encourage men to reveal their cuffs which were considered very risque at the time. While cufflinks have become less scandalous over the years, they remain an incredible asset for adding flair to any formal style.