There is nothing simpler in form than the barrel-roll cuff. It’s obvious why it would be considered the perfect compliment to the black tie ensemble. The two sides of the cuff delicately kiss one another, only to be held in a sartorial embrace by a traditional link.
• Place either end of the link through either outer side of the cuff. It tends to be a tight fit, so be diligent, but also be careful!
• Pass that same link facing through the remaining hole. It couldn’t be more simple.
If and when you decide to wear one of the appropriate alternatives to the traditional single-breasted, black dinner jacket, a French cuff is a quite acceptable substitute to the barrel roll. The two cuff styles are nearly identical in that both pinch closed at the bottom. But instead of the single cuff feature of the barrel roll, the French cuff folds back upon itself before being linked closed.
• See to it that the cuff has been folded over the top of itself, and that the cuff link holes are aligned.
• Place either end of the link through either outer side of the cuff, likewise through the second layer of that side.
• Pass that same link facing through the remaining holes.
The Minutiæ of Black Tie Etiquette:
Technique: Employing Cufflinks
by A. Gustav Bayer