The Perfect Gift for a Proper Philadelphian

Overheard in the Starbucks yesterday, a conversation between two professional-looking women who were probably in their late 20s or early 30s:

Woman 1: How about cuff links?
Woman 2: No, he'll never wear them. He says nobody wears cuff links anymore.
Woman 1: [untranscribeable snort of shock] What? Does he LIVE here?

Posted by Lori in fashion statements and philadelphia at 4:34 PM on December 21, 2006


Most of the men in my office, and all of the well-dressed ones, wear cufflinks on a regular basis.

Posted by: ratphooey [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 21, 2006 9:25 PM

Cufflinks seem like a perfectly normal gift to me (I could use a pair myself for a nice shirt I have), but I thought Woman #1's reaction was especially amusing -- and representative of the slight East Coast snobbery fascination with formality that one finds in Philadelphia.

Posted by: Lori [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 21, 2006 9:48 PM

He must know my husband. Born and bred here but thinks cufflinks are totally outre. Maybe it has to do with having european parents or something, I don't know. My brother and my father wear them all the time, though. :)

Posted by: webhill at December 22, 2006 7:33 AM

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