With all eyes on classic men’s style, the tie bar is making a comeback. It’s a little detail, but it can have a big impact on your look. Want to do it right? Here’s how.
Why? First, remember the whole point is to keep your tie connected to the placket of your shirt. Don’t just attach it to your tie and watch as they blow in the wind.
Know your tie bar. There are two essential styles – the pinch and the slide clasp. The pinch holds a tie more securely and stays in place better, but the slide clasp is more appropriate for thin fabrics where they can lay flat and keep the clasp itself invisible.
How big? It’s a cardinal menswear sin when your tie bar is wider than you tie. Shoot for between one inch and the width of your tie, about ¾ of the width of the tie is ideal.
Where? With height this can vary, but it’s a safe call to fasten it between your third and fourth buttons, just below your chest.
No angles. Always wear the tie bar completely perpendicular to the tie itself.
Match metals. Silver will always work, but if you’re into gold, then wear gold. Just match your metals. Avoid colorful tie bars; they look like you’re trying to hard. Remember – this is an accent, not a centerpiece.