What does a tie clip do? Essentially, a tie clip does exactly what the name implies: clip together your tie and button-up shirt.
What’s the point? Tie clips and bars prevent the tie from moving around. They were originally meant for keeping them from flying up in front of men’s faces when it was too windy. Originally, men wore silver or gold tie pins. But not everybody appreciates holes in their silk ties.
While some men enjoy the decorative touch of a silver or gold tie clip, they are useful in keeping your tie clean. This is especially useful for doctors, who will usually bend over their patients, and for the rest of us, who will often bend over food.
Where do I place my gold tie clip? Your tie clip should be grasping the placket of your shirt, as well as the big and small necks of the tie together. This will make sure your tie stays securely on your shirt, and it doesn’t hang awkwardly over meeting tables or other people.
Also, make sure that it’s placed between the third and fourth button of the shirt, so that it’s not too high up that it’s crawling near your neck, and not too low that it looks like it’s escaping into your jacket inner pocket. If you’re not wearing a jacket, attach it close to your natural waistline so it’s not too much in others’ face.
How wide should it be? The tie clip should be placed horizontally across your tie for business. It should never be wider than your tie. If it is, place it at an angle it so it doesn’t end all the way on the other side of the tie. Angled tie bars are also common if the look is more casual.
What things should I consider when buying a tie clip? First of all, choose the colour of the tie bar you’re looking for. This one is easy, especially if you wear a metal watch. Just match it with the colour of your watch. If you wear a silver watch, find appropriate silver tie bars to go with it. If you’re rather into gold watches, get yourself a some shiny gold tie clips.
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