As I’ve talked about before, details like well-chosen accessories can make a huge impact on your outfit. Whether you call it a tie bar or tie clip, this classic accessory is an easy way to add a bit of extra flair to your dressy outfits. But, there are a few easy tips you need to know when selecting and wearing one.
The two biggest, and really, only, mistakes you can make with a tie bar are: wearing it too high or low and using a tie bar that is not the proper size for your tie width. So let’s fix those problems once and for all.
Choosing The Right Size Tie Bar
The key here is to make sure your tie bar does not exceed the length of your tie width and hang over the edge, definitely not a good look.
For A Slim Tie
If you’re wearing a slimmer 2” – 2.5” wide tie, then you want to choose a 1” or 1.5” tie bar.
For A Standard Tie
If you’re wearing a standard 3” tie, then you want to use a 2” tie bar.
Now that you know how wide your tie bar should be, let me show you how to properly wear one with two different approaches.
How To Wear A Tie Bar
Now that you’ve got the right size tie bar selected, let’s move on to the right way to wear it. I highly recommend sticking to one of these two methods as any other way can throw off your entire look.
The OG Approach
This is the tried and true classic way to wear a tie bar. Your tie bar will be placed lower down on your tie which will prevent your tie from moving as much. It’s a more utilitarian use of your tie bar without it showing much. With your blazer on, attach your tie bar about 2 buttons lower than the breast pocket of your jacket. There you go, the OG approach.
The Modern Approach
The modern approach is my personal favorite because it shows off the accessory a bit more and whether I’m styling for GQ or my clients for the red carpet, this is what I prefer do. To achieve this attach your tie bar slightly below your breast pocket – about 0.5”. Be careful though, any higher and it’ll look ridiculous.
No matter which way you choose to wear it, the right tie bar is an easy upgrade to your accessory game; try one out today!