How To Wear A Tie Bar

Maybe you read my article about one of my favorite brands, The Tie Bar, and decided to get yourself a tie bar. Now what? How do you wear the damn thing? In this week’s Quick Tip Tuesday, you’ll learn just that. I can’t say the basics any better than this, so I’ll let Jim Moore explain. Then, I’ll give some of my own advice at the end.

“We see guys wearing their tie bar too high or too low all the time. The rule is simple: It goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.”

ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEWELER

“It may sound obvious, but a tie bar doesn’t just clip the front end of your tie to the back end. It fastens both ends to the placket of your shirt.”

ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEWELER

“Finally, never wear a tie bar that’s wider than your tie. That’s the worst! Keep things narrow.”

ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEWELER

Now that you have the basics down, we can talk more in-depth.

We see in Fig. 3 that your tie bar should never be wider than your tie. But then how wide should it be? The answer is three-quarters or less. I really like the look of Jake Gyllenhaal’s tie bar here.

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His is around half the width of his tie. Even down to one-third the width looks great. Having a couple of tie bars of different lengths depending on your tie is ideal. If you have to pick just one, go for a 1″ or 1.5″ depending on the width of most of your ties and the look you’re going for. I personally have a 1″ that is my go to tie bar, which you can find here. But I also have a 1.5″ and a 2″. If you have those three, you’re covered.

Next, never wear a tie bar with a vest. They do the same thing. It’s one or the other.

Tie bar or vest. Not both.

Last, you have to pick between a slide clasp and a pinch clasp. A slide clasp is just a piece of metal that you literally bend it slightly to stay on. A pinch clasp has a spring that you open like an alligator clamp. I prefer clasp tie bars because they lie flatter, but it’s a personal preference.

With that, go buy a tie bar, if you haven’t already, to Up Your Fashion Game.

 

“These days, the suited man looks naked without a tie bar.” – Charlie Burton

 

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4 thoughts on “How To Wear A Tie Bar

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  3. “A slide clasp is just a piece of metal that you literally bend it slightly to stay on. A pinch clasp has a spring that you open like an alligator clamp. I prefer clasp tie bars because they lie flatter, but it’s a personal preference.”

    Which clasp do you prefer? Pinch or slide?

    • I prefer the slide clasp because it lies flatter but it’s also more risky to lose, in my experience. I’ve lost one slide clasp tie bar before because it fell off. But that didn’t deter me from buying another…

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