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The Correct Way to Wear a Tie Clip or Tie Bar

The Correct Way to Wear a Tie Clip or Tie Bar

A tie clip is a way to express your personal style as well as your personality in a unique way. When wearing a tie clip or tie bar, the worst thing you could do is to wear it incorrectly in a way that makes you look like you have no idea what you are doing or what the purpose of a tie clip is. Read this article for tips and advice on wearing your tie clip or tie bar the correct way.

The difference between a Tie Clip and Tie Bar

tie clip opens like a jaw to grasp the tie. It has two bars attached by a hinge where you need to squeeze one end to separate the bars and open the clip.

Tie bars do not feature a hinge, they are simple to use and they are made from folded metal and have a U-shape bend and two ends that lightly press together.

The Rules - How to wear a Tie Clip or Tie Bar

  • A tie clip goes between the third and fourth button of your shirt or level with your jacket's pocket. Wearing it too high defeats the tie clips purpose and wearing it too low looks strange and hides it behind your jacket.

  • Never wear a tie clip or tie bar that is wider than your tie. It should be slightly narrower than you tie. Select a tie clip that is between 1/2 and 3/4 the width of your tie.

  • Include your shirt when attaching the tie clip to your tie. A tie clip's main purpose is to keep your tie from flapping in the wind.

That Bloke The Correct Way to Wear A Tie Clip Blog Image Illustration Tie Clip Width

Green = Yes

Red = No

That Bloke The Correct Way to Wear A Tie Clip Blog Image Illustration Tie Clip Placement

Green = Yes

Red = No

A few extra tips when wearing a Tie Clip or Tie Bar

  • Try to match the tie clip to the metal details of your outfit - your cufflinks, a watch, belt buckle, buttons.
  • Match the tie clip to the outfit. A silver or gold metal tie clip is generally a safe, stylish choice. You may also go for a coloured or textured clip to add a little extra style to your look. Think about how the clip could influence your outfit. A patterned clip can make a plain outfit more interesting, while a simple metal clip may tone down a busy-looking tie.
  • When wearing smart casual clothing, have fun with a novelty or statement tie clip that suits your personality.
  • Try not to wear a striped tie bar with a striped shirt or tie. A patterned tie clip or tie bar works better with plain shirts and ties.

Tie Clip selection for a Smart Casual Look

For a smart-casual look, such as jeans with a shirt or tie and blazer, feel free to have fun with your tie clip by trying something different. Look for a unique design that complements your outfit and speaks to your style. Be sure that your choice of a tie clip isn’t too over-the-top for the event you’ll be wearing it too.

Tie Clip selection for a Formal Look

If you are attending a wedding, fancy dinner or business event, consider accenting your suit, shirt and tie combination with a tie clip. Opt for a more understated, simple and elegant tie clip. One with a touch of colour or a unique texture can also be suitable.

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