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  • A Smart Guide to Regimental Cufflinks

    Cufflinks are thought to have been around since the 17th century. Over the years they have served many purposes, not only are they functional but they have, and still do, serve as a sign of style, status and identity. For these reasons, many choose to opt for cufflinks that embody their passions or show pride in a certain organisation that they connect with. Our cufflinks offer you an opportunity to proudly display the colours and emblems of your school, university, or regiment on your sleeve. They also offer an inarguably more personalised approach than the humble button.

    Smart Turnout Regimental Cufflinks on Display in Piccadilly Store

    Below are five of our most interesting pairs, both for regiments and organisations.

     

    1. Royal Navy Regimental Cufflinks - £49.00

     

    Smart Turnout Royal Navy Enamel CufflinksThe Royal Navy cufflinks provide an effortlessly bold look and are one of our best selling products. The crest of the Royal Navy may appear to the untrained eye as just a simple crown, but take a closer look and the crown comes alive with the sails and hulls of large ships and boats. It is believed that the crowns original design was born from the idea that the sails represented our British naval ships that appeared as small entities alongside the larger ships of the Spanish Armada. The Spanish Armada’s ships are depicted here by the large ship fronts that nestle between the sails. The crest shows that although we bared a smaller naval fleet, our heart and tenacity propelled us to become the largest navy for over 3,000 years. In the classic colourway of reds and blue, these regimental cufflinks can be worn with almost any suit or shirt.

    Shop Royal Navy Enamel Cufflinks HERE

     

     

     

     

    1. Royal Marines Cufflinks - £49.00

     

    Smart Turnout Royal Marines Navy Regimental CufflinksThe Royal Marines cufflinks are one of the most intricate of all the regimental cufflinks we stock. The crest of the Royal Marines is compromised of 7 elements, all with significance and each representing something pivotal to the Marines detailed history. The seven elements are as follows: The lion and crown, Gibraltar, the great globe, the laurels, the fouled anchor and 'per mare per terram'. Take for example the great globe, a stunning addition to the crest. The globe is said to represent the Marines undeniable success across all corners of the globe. Some elements like Gibraltar represent significant triumphs for the RAMC, and some like the anchor are a nod to the overall DNA of the corps. Finished in the recognisable blend of red, navy, green and yellow the cufflinks are a fantastic way to show your affiliation on the edge of your sleeve.

    Shop Royal Marines Cufflinks HERE

     

     

     

     

    1. Royal Artillery Enamel Cufflinks - £49.00

     

    Smart Turnout Royal Artillery Red and Regimental cufflinks

    Most striking about the Royal Artillery Cufflinks is the unique zigzag that runs through the enamel in the regimental colours of red and navy. This is unlike any other style of cufflink on our website and strays from the more traditional diagonal lines seen on most styles. The zigzag line was first introduced on the Regimental Ties of the Royal Artillery and has rarely appeared on other merchandise. Here at Smart Turnout we found the zigzag both iconic and endearing. We made it our mission to include this on our cufflinks. Legend has it that the line actually represents a lightning bolt. This lightning bolt is said to have struck and ultimately killed the pagan Dioscorus. It is believed that this came as a form of retribution for the earlier beheading of his daughter St Barbara (The Patron Saint of Artillery) for refusing to marry within her religion. One of our most intricate cufflink designs, this pair depict the crest of the Royal Artillery. They also feature its motto ‘Ubique Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt’ which translates to ‘Everywhere That Right And Glory Lead’.

    Shop Royal Artillery Enamel Cufflinks HERE

     

     

     

     

    1. Royal Air Force Regimental Cufflinks - £49.00

    Smart Turnout Royal Air Force Regimental Cufflinks

     

    Gaining the silver medal in our top 5 is our Royal Air Force cufflinks. The Royal Air Force's badge features an Eagle superimposed onto a circlet which is surmounted by a crown. The badge was originally designed by a tailor from Saville Row. It was first used back in 1918 and was then revised in 1923 when it was registered with the College Of Arms. The reverse of the cufflink features the traditional Royal Air Force light blue alongside strong navy and red tones. Light and bright, these cufflinks are a beautiful addition to a linen summer suit.

    Shop Royal Air Force Enamel Cufflinks HERE

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Princeton University Cufflink - £49.00

    Smart Turnout Princeton University Enamel Cufflinks

    And the winner is…. The Princeton University Cufflink! These beautiful cufflinks feature the historic colours of Ivy League University, Princeton. The iconic orange and black colours go back as far as 1867. The colours were first used against fellow Ivy League school Yale during a basketball game. The front of the cufflink displays the beautiful Princeton shield with the open book depicting the Old Testament. Below is the universities motto Dei Sub Numine Viget, which translates to Under the Protection of God She Flourishes. Overall despite strong competition, we feel the beautiful mix of orange and black combined with Princeton’s elegant crest is enough to win our heart and the top spot!

     

    Shop Princeton Cufflinks HERE

     

     

     

     

     

    Let Us Know Your Favourite...

    Let us know what you think of our ratings as well as your own top 5 regimental cufflinks rankings! Regardless of individual preference, there are styles to suit everyone with the colourful and bold cufflinks being a more exciting option than a button! I mean, who can get excited about a button?

    We make all of our enamel cufflinks here in the UK. They are gilt plated, enamelled and hand finished to ensure the best quality design and durability. You can opt for the more traditional chain fastenings or go for the more modern T-Bar method. The T-Bar method is also commonly known as a bascule fitting!

     

     

     

  • The Unconventional Groom: Wedding Bow Ties

    Gone are the days of conventional weddings and although tradition is certainly not dead, we are seeing modern weddings breaking the ‘rules’ and introducing a host of more personal touches. Wedding venues are no longer limited to churches and marquees, people are venturing out and finding unique modern alternatives to put a spin on age-old tradition. So, with weddings constantly evolving and the possibilities being somewhat endless, why not experiment with your wedding ensemble and really make a mark on your big day? Neckwear, more specifically bow ties, can play a pivotal role in shaping your overall look. We have listed 4 things that you should consider when swapping out your generic bow tie to ensure you have one of the best wedding bow ties on the market.

    1.       Experiment with Texture

    Fabric choice and texture are what really tie an outfit together. It is often too easy to reach for your trusted silk bow tie, especially on your wedding day. Granted, this can often be the best choice, however, it is all about weighing up the rest of your outfit and working towards ensuring the components all compliment on another. A fantastic example of introducing texture to an outfit would be with a wool or cable knit bow tie. When opting for a wool blend or tweed suit a cable knit number can often be the perfect complementary piece, creating a more rustic and rural overall look and feel. Pairing a waffle knit bow tie with a linen suit for a more dressed down approach is great for summer or outdoor weddings.

    Smart Turnout knitted and wool bow ties in navy red and green

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    2.       Express Yourself

    Weddings are one of the very few days in your life that you can be wholeheartedly unashamed that it’s ALL ABOUT YOU! So, with that in mind, there is no shame in expressing yourself through your choice of wedding bow tie. Choosing one that represents something about your character is a great way to express yourself. Here at Smart Turnout we have a whole range of options, beautifully decorated with symbols and emblems that echo some of Britain’s favourite pastimes. If you are an avid golfer or a fan of sailing, why not show this with your neckwear? Opt for one of our characterful crested dickey bows for a touch of personality.

    Far Left: Golf Cotton Bow Tie £39         Far Right: Racket Cotton Bow Tie £39

    3.       Wear Your Stripes with Pride with a Regimental Bow Tie

    Smart Turnout is synonymous with some of the most prestigious and timeless colours of regiments, schools and universities across Britain and the world. What better way to wear your colours than on your wedding day? Regimental ties have been worn for years as a mark of pride and identity. Our regimental bow ties offer a unique alternative for your big day meaning you won’t have to compromise on style or self-identity.

    Smart Turnout Household Cavalry Crested Bow Tie

    Household Division Diamond Bow Tie £39

    4.       Tie Everything Together With a Splash of Colour

    The best wedding bow ties are those that create a focal point and bring a real finishing touch to your outfit. Colour has the ability to amplify a monochromatic look or enhance already colour rich attire. Our Wellington Bow Tie would be the perfect addition to a black suit, with a black silk base it is finished with thin, multi-coloured stripes. The Wellington has enough colour to lift an otherwise flat base whilst maintain enough subtlety so as to not overpower the aesthetic.

    Wellington Silk Bow Tie £39

    Ensure to choose a colour scheme for your accessories, making an effort to carry any stand out colours through the entire ensemble. Everything from your pocket square to your socks, and of course, your neckwear should sport similar colours to give a cohesive and thought out feel.

    Smart Turnout Yale Blue and White Wedding Bow Ties on Suit and Tie Fixation

    Yale Silk Bow Tie £39

    We hope you have enjoyed reading our picks for the Best Wedding Bow Ties. Please comment below your style tips for the big day. 

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  • Cricket Sweaters: Timeless Tradition and The T20 Series

    Smart Turnout Cricket Sweater worn by Preppy Model with Household Division Bow Tie

    With Cricket Season well underway and the unavoidable smell of Pimms floating through the air, it’s the time of year that the humble Cricket Sweater really takes centre stage or for those who prefer the term Tennis Jumper...centre court. Whether you are shopping for fashion or for function, this nifty piece of kit will have every well-dressed man swooning in admiration. So, if you weren’t already convinced by the Cricket Sweaters wearability and charm, here are 5 great reasons you need to get yourself one!

    They are the garment of choice for almost every sport:

    Tennis, Cricket, or even a spot of Golf? You guessed it, the trusted cable knit sweater is the uniform of choice. In fact, Cricket Sweaters are one of the only sporting uniforms that are just as welcomed on, and off the playing field. Ask any prep and they will tell you; I mean unless you can classify consuming copious amounts of Gin and Tonic whilst sitting on your freshly mown lawn a sport…we sure hope that makes it into the Olympics.


    Bill Tilden Wearing Iconic Cable Knit Tennis Sweater in Vintage Photo

    They are practically made for the ever-changing English seasons:

    Sunshine...in Summer? How ludicrous. Cricket Sweaters provide the perfect solution for temperatures that never rise above the low 20’s. It’s true, despite the current heat wave UK Summers are generally rather lacking in the sunshine department. Long sleeve sweaters are just perfect for the harsher winter months and their undeniable warmth might allow you to negotiate your layering down to just 2 garments. For the Spring and ‘Summer’ months, a sleeveless sweater is even more apt, suitably smart whilst maintaining a cool off-duty feel.  Layering a sleeveless sweater over a shirt is a timeless alternative to the blazer whilst offering a similar level of warmth that is ‘just right’

     

    Our Full Range of Short and Long Sleeved Cricket Sweaters can be found HERE

    Pictured Below: Sky Blue Sleeveless Cricket Sweater, Cream and Navy Stripe Sleeveless Cricket Sweater and Red and Cream Stripe Sleeveless Cricket Sweater.

    Doctor Who is a fan of the Cricket Sweater:

    How could we forget Peter Davison during his stint as the fifth doctor? A style icon in his own right and a man with an unhealthy love of Cricket. His devotion to colour coordination was admirable and his regular appearance in his favourite orange getup was certainly, interesting. He could often be seen donning an Orange and Black striped sweater, which has undeniable similarities to our popular Princeton Sweater (Available HERE). We give an A+ for the sweater so we will turn a blind eye to the headache-inducing pinstripe strides.

     

    Peter Davison As the Fifth Doctor Wearing Smart Turnout Princeton Cricket Jumper

    They are a piece of history:

    Dating back to the early 20th century the origins of these handsome pullovers are surprisingly quite a mystery. One might presume that they were first invented on the tennis lawns but due to the lack of documentation, their origins are actually pretty unclear. Theories range from them being born on the slopes as a go-to garment for winter sports, to having first being spotted at The English Golf Amateur Championship being worn by an American competitor. Maybe the inconspicuous history of the sweater makes it that much more appealing!

    They have the Royal seal of approval:

    We could not finish a truly British list without the inclusion of the Royal Family now, could we? Well, its hats off to The Prince of Wales for really bringing this style into the spotlight; often found sporting a classic V-Neck sweater when partaking in a round of golf. The late Princess Diana would also opt for one whilst partaking in an off-duty day playing with the young princes. Judging by their love of sweaters, tea and corgis, we can confirm the Royals clearly have good taste. We are yet to get our Royal Warrant, but we are sure it’s on its way…right?

     

    Thank you for reading, please comment any more reasons you love the Cricket Sweater below!

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