Give a man a tie bar and he looks good for a day. Teach a man how to wear a tie bar and he will look Dappertastic™ for a lifetime.
Tie Bar 101: The Ultimate Guide to the Essential Accessory is your roadmap to becoming a tie bar aficionado.
What width looks best?
For the modern man, a tie bar should extend 1/2 to 3/4 of the way across the width of your tie. For a more classic or retro look, select a tie bar that matches the full width of your tie. No matter your preference, never wear a tie bar that extends beyond the width of your tie or the Gods of Style will smite thee with a bolt of lightning.
Where should I clip it?
The placement of your tie bar can make or break the look. The ideal placement for a tie bar is around the middle to bottom of your sternum. Clip too high and this functional accessory is rendered ineffectual. Too low can look awkward and even a bit silly. Within “the sweet spot,” a lower placement is more classic while a higher placement can create a slimming effect.
What Color Tie Bar Should I Choose?
If you prefer to play it safe, pick a simple silver or gold tie bar. Try to match the metal polish of your tie bar with your jacket buttons, cufflinks, watch or belt buckle. If you feel it compliments your style, don’t be afraid mix up metals and go with patterned, colored or novelty tie bars. A wild or funky tie bar can add pop to an otherwise subdued outfit. The color of the tie is worth taking into consideration when choosing a tie bar but there are no hard and fast rules.
When should I wear one?
The right time to wear a tie bar is always and forever. Not only does a tie bar help keep your necktie out of your bowl of cornflakes, it is the simplest and time-tested way to stand apart from the herd. Whether you’re wearing a three piece suit or a pair of blue jeans, a tie bar is a welcome addition to any outfit that includes a necktie. So go the extra mile and pick up a few tie bars — you’ll thank us later.