So, you’ve got a tie bar now (probably from subscribing with us). Now what? Well, you might think you just clip it and go, but there are a couple things you want to keep in mind before doing so.
1) Clip the tie bar between your 3rd and 4th buttons from the top
It should fall somewhere between mid and bottom pec. If you’re wearing a vest, it’ll barely pop out. You might be tempted to clip the tie bar super low so that there’s less flapping of the tie when you lean over, but that’s a newbie mistake.
2) The tie bar should reach across 2/3rds and 3/4ths of the way of the tie
When you live in a world of skinny ties and wide ties both being fashionable, you don’t want to mix this up. If it’s going most of the way across, that’s too much; same if it’s only covering half.
3) The top prong should be clipped to the tie and the bottom prong should be beneath the shirt
For many, this seems like a no-brainer. However, I’ve caught many people just using tie bars as an aesthetic piece and not the functional way it is meant to be. Again, this signals that you don’t quite know what you’re doing.
4) Match the metals if they’re silver or gold
Silver goes best with black and other silver accessories (belts, shoes, watches, etc), and gold goes best with other gold and other brown accessories. If your tie bar is a different and non-traditional color, you’d do best to match or pair it to another accent color in your outfit.