Q: “I recently added tie bars to my sparse collection of accessories in an effort
to add some flair to my looks, but I’m not really sure how to wear them.
Is there a rule for where on the tie you should wear a tie bar?” – Jim K.
A: When it comes to accessorizing a suit, men, for better or worse, don’t have much to choose from – a tie, watch, pocket square and maybe a pair of cuff links are usually the full set of adornments typically worn. But if worn in tasteful moderation, a tie bar can be another option in adding a touch of class to any suit-and-tie outfit. It’s simple to wear and can do a lot for your look. So when you decide to adorn your tie with these bad boys of metallic glory, this is how you should wear them:
Placement – we suggest wearing the tie bar between the 2nd and 3rd buttons of the shirt. There is no hard and fast rule on this (some people like to go lower – between the 3rd and 4th buttons) but we think this location is the sweet spot in terms of creating the most balanced and flattering look.
When using a tie bar, remember that the practical function of the tie bar is to keep your tie in place on your shirt. So make sure you clip both ends of the tie, as well as the placket of the shirt. This will keep your tie centered on your body, which keeps your look clean, structured and sharp.
For a classic tie bar you can’t go wrong with, try our stainless steel tie bar. If you like the look of a smaller tie bar with a skinnier tie, we also recommend these 1 inch tie bars (pictured above) from the thetiebar.com. Both will add that little but noticeable pop to your outfit!
Hope this helps!
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