Sometimes it's the smallest details that make the biggest difference. The tie bar will make your shirt-and-tie combinations come to life. This is how to wear a tie bar.
T he tie bar. The little piece of metal that will make your shirt-and-tie-combos come to life. Once forgotten, but now back - and perhaps better and cooler than ever. The tie bar is how some of fashion's tastemakers stand out from the crowd. And so should you. It's safe to say that we are huge fans of the tie bar. We pretty much wear a tie bar every time that we wear a tie. It's like icing on the cake. That last finishing touch that makes it all come together. But how do you wear one? We will take you through the basics + some more. From picking the right one, to placing it just right and much more. This is all you need to know about tie bars.
The Right Placement Of The Tie Bar
The placement is perhaps the most important thing. Where do you place your tie bar? Well, it's actually pretty simple. You don't want to wear the tie bar too low or too high. The easiest way to find the correct placement is to use your shirt as a guideline. Place it between the third and fourth button.
Picking The Right Tie Bar
The Classic Ones: Next, is picking the right tie bar. Like choosing the the correct pocket square, it's a bit of an art. But there are some basic rules you can follow. First of all, you can wear a silver tie bar to just about everything. It's the safe choice. So whenever you are in doubt, this should be your go-to. The next classic one is one gold. Like the one in silver, it can be worn to just about any ties. Just make sure that the golden color compliments the rest of your look and the feel you want to indicate with your outfit - it's a bit more flashy and extravagant. If you want to try something different without being too out of your comfort zone, a black tie bar is a super cool choice. It can give your light ties a bit of a contrast, like it will create a toned and low-key look when paired with darker ties.
The Colored Ones: Then you have those that have some colors. Wearing a tie bar should be fun, and wearing one in colors is just that. Think about what colors compliment each other. Notice what other colors there is in your tie, shirt or pocket square and try to match these. For example, a navy tie would look cool together with a lighter blue one as the two different tones of blue will compliment each other. Or a dark red silk tie paired with a dusty red tie bar is likewise an amazing combination. There are no script to how this is done, so be playful. Wearing one will set you a part stylewise from your peers in all the right ways, so don't worry so much. Remember - getting dresses should not be so damn serious all the time.
The Perfect Width Of The Tie Bar
The width of a tie bar is the next very important thing. There is one very important rule in this matter! A tie bar should never be wider than your tie. So if you are wearing a tie that is 7cm, never wear a tie bar that is more than that. We (like most other fashion trendsetters and magazines) prefer our tie bars slim. We find the perfect width of a tie bar to be between 3-4cm. Of course, if you wear a tie that is 9 cm width (you shouldn't, but lets just play this scenario out), then 3cm is of course too narrow. Then you should find one between 5-6 cm. If your tie is between 5-8 cm wide, tie bars in 3-4cm will do the job perfectly.
Remember The Functionality
It's obvious, but remember that a tie bar is both a stylish and functional item. Make sure that it fastens both ends to the placket of your shirt. It will help make sure that your tie is never out of proportion and you won't get sauce on it when you eat that Steak Bearnaise. Not bad, we know.
To Make It Easy For You
To increase the chances of you becoming a man of style, you get a free tie bar when you buy just two ties. Now, that's not bad. Especially because you freely choose yourself. You can play safe and choose the all silver tie bar, or you can go down a different road and choose a more playful one to make it pop some more.
So, you are now officially a pro. But before you go out to find that perfect tie bar of yours, lets sum up real quick:
1. Whenever you wear a tie, wear the tie bar - it's like the icing on the cake.
2. Never wear a tie bar that is wider than your tie - in fact, keep your tie bar between 3-4 cm.
3. Place it between your third and fourth button to make sure you got the right placement.
4. Whenever you are in doubt, go for one in silver.
5. Remember to fasten your tie bar to both the tie and the shirt - it will make sure it stays in proportion.