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How to Wear A Tie Clip

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by FidelCashflow, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    I used to wear a clip long ago, horizontal.

    Now I never wear one, I like the tie to float around.

    But I have one clip that I like. It is a plain clip, the simplest I could get, like the posted above.

    when I wear it I wear it slanted and covered by the jacket lapel. Not fond of showing it expressly.
     


  2. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    speaking of tie bars...wheres a good place to buy a simple thin one for cheap? by cheap i mean under $20?

    something similiar to this one from jcrew but cheaper:
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    I brought one like that off ebay a year or two back for about $5 in solid silver. I ended up giving it away.
     


  3. empyre.01d2

    empyre.01d2 Senior member

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    How far down on the tie should it placed? Rather should it be aligned at a certain height on the tie, or correspond to the jacket?

    Thanks!
     


  4. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Senior member

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    I'm over 60, and learned the fundamentals from men who were carrying on the traditions of the golden era of the 1930s, so take this from that perspective. I rarely wear a tie without some kind of clasp/bar/safety pin unless I am wearing a collar pin. The collar pin serves much the same function as the clasp in terms of anchoring the tie's knot and giving some arch to the tie, and wearing both is usually one item too many to my eye, though I have seen it done effectively and, on occasion have done it myself. In terms of function, the clasp needs to be worn relatively high on the tie, about 4-5 inches below the knot, to promote the desired arch and fixing of the knot in place. Flapping of the portion of the tie below the clasp is no problem, as when I'm up and moving about my coat is buttoned appropriately (for me, that's top button on a two-button single breasted, middle button on a three button, and middle or bottom button on a 6X2 double breasted depending on how the lapel rolls best), or I'm wearing a vest. As to looks, what's the point of wearing a clasp if it doesn't show when the coat is properly buttoned? My own preference is to wear the clasp at a slight downward angle; insisting on perfect horizontality seems a bit too studied. Finally, for those who don't appreciate the look of a tie clasp but also don't like the wandering/flying tie phenomenon: put the back blade of the tie through the tie's keeper and use a short clasp to anchor only the rear blade to the shirt front just below the keeper-the rear blade won't be able to slide out of the keeper and tie won't be able to roam.
     


  5. empyre.01d2

    empyre.01d2 Senior member

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    So would it look most appropriate if worn halfway between the bottom of the collar and the "v" portion of the jacket (where it buttons / "comes together"). I'm sure there's a better term.
     


  6. Dress to the Nines

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    Tie bars should be worn at a slight angle not to bisect the body. Remember it should attach to the shirt as well.
     


  7. empyre.01d2

    empyre.01d2 Senior member

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    Tie bars should be worn at a slight angle not to bisect the body. Remember it should attach to the shirt as well.

    Really? I always thought they acted like a weight at the bottom of the tie...though I guess that makes sense as well. Will anyone back this up?
     


  8. appolyon

    appolyon Senior member

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    Really? I always thought they acted like a weight at the bottom of the tie...though I guess that makes sense as well. Will anyone back this up?

    It should be attached to your shirt as well.
     


  9. empyre.01d2

    empyre.01d2 Senior member

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    Uhn. That makes complete sense though. I love this forum! [​IMG]
     


  10. sonlegoman

    sonlegoman Senior member

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    I saw somewhere a person who was wearing a tie clip by running the narrow end through the label loop, then clipping the narrow end to the shirt placket where the entire tie bar is concealed behind the tie.

    Does anyone know about this? Cause if this is acceptable, I might just get a tie bar. I think the idea of keeping one's tie in place is nice, but I think it is a bit stuffy to have extra jewelry. Just my opinion. The only jewelry I find acceptable is buckle on shoe/belt, cuff links, wedding band, and watch. Everything else, I find too superfluous.
     


  11. Per

    Per Active Member

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    In my opinion a tie clip is better not worn at all. Why mess up a tie with an ugly piece of metal on the middle of it?
     


  12. noVA99

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    if you work near machinery and/or food service and have to wear a tie, then a tie bar is a must, otherwise, for me, a tie bar messes up the whole flow of the tie
     


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    A jaunty 45 degree downward angle is my preferred method of wearing a tie bar.
     


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  15. yfyf

    yfyf Affiliate vendor Affiliate Vendor

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    Paul Stuart has some up on their website now. Seems like a pretty fair price, although I'm not sure I like the propeller one...

    http://www.paulstuart.com/category_t...headermenuid=1


    Really? I think the propeller one is great. I'm so tempted to buy one right now.
     


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