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January 09, 2015
We love a tie bar here at Edge Only. Nothing says stylish like a flash of silver across a tie. If worn correctly they can take a conservative look to contemporary in an instant. Tie bars are a modern, fashionable (and practical) way of finishing off a suit or a smart casual look.
There does seem to be generalised confusion about their purpose and how to actually wear them, so we thought we would share some tips. A tie bar has function as well as fashion! It keeps your tie straight. It holds the two pieces of your tie to your shirt preventing your tie from falling into your food, the wind blowing your tie behind you or those awkward crooked tie moments.
A tie bar goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.
A tie bar doesn't just clip the front end of your tie to the back end. It fastens both ends to your shirt. Fasten it to the placket (the opening between buttons) of your shirt so that your tie stays put.
A tie bar should never be longer than the width of the tie. Many stylists say to aim for ¾ of the tie. Tie bars look best with slimmer ties.
GQ did an article on tie bars with useful illustrations. Have a read of it here
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