Do you have to wear a tie bar? No. But, there are so many great reasons to do so.
THE TYPES OF TIE ACCESSORIES
The tie clip and tie bar are the most common versions of this stylish accessory, but we'll also cover the tie pin & tie tack,tie chain, and the tie strap.
THE TIE BAR
A tie bar is a strip of folded metal similar in form to kirby grips. It slides over your tie and shirt placket to keep everything in place.
Perfect for men who want their tie to lay flatter or for men who prefer thinner, more delicate neck wear fabrics.
THE TIE CLIP
A tie clip is slightly more technical as it has a spring mechanism similar to a clothes peg that holds the tie in place.
Perfect for men who wear bulkierknitted or felt ties. While a tie clip can be used on more delicate fabrics, it may possibly damage them or cause them to pucker if the grip is too tight.
THE TIE CHAIN
A tie chain secures your neck wear to your shirt with a loose chain. It fastens to the placket with a bar, or hooks onto a button behind the tie. The positioning of atie chainis the same as that of a tie clip. The width of the bar that attaches to the placket should be approximately one inch shorter than the width of the tie to ensure it remains concealed.
Perfect for the man who prefers to have some movement in their tie or want to rock a more retro look. The chain should be long enough to have some slack and not cinch the tie. Remember, the amount of slack determines how much tie movement there will be.
THE TIE PIN AND TIE TACK
Tie pins and tie tacks are essentially one and the same. They work by piercing the center of your tie. A small clasp at the back secures the pin and fastens it to your shirt with a chain. Positioning on the tie can be the same as a tie bar or even as high up as just below your knot dimple.
Perfect for men who want to focus on fashion more than practicality. If you wear the pin higher up, the effectiveness of holding your tie in place goes down. Also, wear it only with looser weave or robust tie fabrics as the pin can mark or snag a more delicate tie.