Originally Posted by Ianiceman
Usually slope it down, especially if I'm wearing a US repp stripe tie with the stripes going top right to bottom left ( English ties go the other way so slanting your tie bar down puts it at odds with the tie's stripes!)
I just think clipping them perfectly horizontal is a bit OCD but like I said, as mine are rarely visible I don't sweat it!
Because it's less OCD to intentionally place them at an angle?
When I put mine on, I put it on horizontally, because that's how it's supposed to go. It's the default position. I don't spend hours with a level, but I don't intentionally put it on crooked with the intent of not doing it like everybody else. I put my pants on with the zipper in the front, too, does that make me OCD?
1. Doesn't matter. They're a classic thing, and regardless of the whims of fashion, will never be out of place.
2. As long as they don't go wider than the tie, you're good.
3. About halfway down- I put mine right about at the solar plexus. The point is to keep your tie from flopping around, not to display a piece of jewelry near your throat. I've seen guys who do that, and it either makes them look like idiots or trashy attention whores.
4. Silver with silver metals, gold with gold metals. If you're not wearing other metals, gold with earthtones and blue, silver with blacks and grays.