How to put on button studs

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How to put on button studs
Button studs add visual interest and individuality to a tuxedo. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Button studs, or formal shirt studs, are a type of men's jewellery that adds interest and glamour to men's formal wear. Button studs take the place of buttons on a tuxedo shirt, although some styles of tuxedo shirt accommodate studs in addition to buttons. Studs come in screw-back and sliding-pin styles and are often made of silver or pearl. You can also find novelty or vintage button studs in many styles. They often come in a set with matching cufflinks. Use shirt studs to add a bit of your personality to the blank slate of a tuxedo.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Slip on your tuxedo shirt.

  2. 2

    Locate the first stud hole. With the shirt unbuttoned, this will be the first thing below the collar button on the right-hand side. If you are using a convertible tuxedo shirt, there may be a button right next to or partially overlapping the hole.

  3. 3

    Insert the stud through the hole as you would a button. If using studs with screw-on backs, you may find it easier to remove the back first. If using sliding-pin studs, depress the spring-loaded pin while pushing the main portion through the hole.

  4. 4

    Repeat with your remaining two or three studs. Replace the backs of screw-on studs. There will be normal buttons in the parts of your shirt that will be covered by your tie and cummerbund or vest.

  5. 5

    Button your shirt as you normally would, with the exception of using your shirt studs instead of buttons where applicable. Don't forget to insert your cufflinks.

Tips and warnings

  • You can select button studs that match or complement your cufflinks.
  • If choosing novelty studs, make sure they are not too garish. An occasion that calls for formal wear is one at which you will want to appear sophisticated, not silly.
  • Keep button studs away from small children or pets, as they pose a choking hazard.

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