The tie bar’s recent resurgence in popularity has been nothing short of amazing (and highly welcomed)!
But there are some basic rules for wearing a tie bar, to make sure it’s doing its job and you’re looking good!
How To Wear A Tie Bar
What Is A Tie Bar For?
A tie bar is for both form & function, as it is used to attach one’s tie to a shirt and look good in the process! This stops the tie from flapping around in the breeze, and / or dunking in one’s soup!
I see too many men wearing it purely as an ornament, and not actually attaching it to their shirt’s placket.
- Step 1: Place the tie bar around the shirt opening
- Step 2: Slide the tie into the gap and release the clasp
- Step 3: Check your work
- Step 4: Admire your tamed tie
Tip: if you’re looking down at the tie, your perspective may seem to “shorten” the amount of tie fabric required. So just make sure there is some excess (I like to allow a little more to make the knot stand out).
Correct Position Of A Tie Bar
The tie bar typically sits between the third and fourth button down on your dress shirt.
There can be a few slight exceptions, that would relate to the jackets “stance” (where the jacket’s lapels meet at its top button, and how low that point is). At most, this will only ever be a few inches.
DON’T wear it somewhere near your mid section, or up around your throat (as it’s not much use up three!).
The tie bar SHOULD be seen when your jacket is on and buttoned (which is always when standing).
[See four great tie bar looks at the bottom of this article.]
Correct Size Of A tie Bar
There are three possible options for the size of a tie bar, two are right and one is wrong!
- Wider = NO!
- Same = YES
- Narrower = YES, as long as it still clasps to both the tie and shirt while not distorting the tie off line
When You Should NOT Wear A Tie Bar
As discussed above, a tie bar was initially designed as a functional tool for narrowing a tie’s range of motion. As with most things in menswear, the tie bar became more ornate over time.
Thus a tie bar loses its root function when wearing a waistcoat (vest) or sweater.
No Tie Bar Required
Some Dapper Looks With A Tie Bar
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