How To Wear A Tie Clasp

how to wear a tie clasp

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Call them what you will – tie bar, tie clip, tie clasp. They’re all the same thing.

Collecting tie clasps is one of the coolest hobbies. There are so many different styles, you can never have enough. The biggest problem is how do you get to wear them all.

But if you’re just starting out, it can be hard to know where to start.

So you’ve got one of these things… What exactly do you do with it?

Sometimes, wearing ties with clasps can be confusing. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…


1. WHERE To Wear A Tie Clasp

Think about its placement. You don’t want it too high or too low.

I know what you’re thinking… Where is just right?

Technically, the height of the tie clasp placement should be in the middle of your sternum. Or the easy way, between the 3rd and 4th button of your shirt.

If you’re wearing a three piece suit, you may want to place your tie clasp a little higher because of the waistcoat. My advice, if you’re wearing a waistcoat, don’t wear a tie clasp. It’s not necessary, and your outfit will tend to look cluttered.

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2. HOW To Wear A Tie Clasp

And this bit sounds obvious when you hear it… The purpose of the tie clasp is to clasp your tie to your shirt – to hold your tie in place.

So how do you do it?

How to wear a tie clip: Hold the clasp in your right hand, with alligator teeth open, and slide the front of the clasp over the side of your tie and and the back of the clasp into the opening between the your shirt buttons. When you let go, the clasp holds itself in place.

Pretty simple, huh?



3. The Long And Short Of It

Now this is important…

  • A skinny tie needs a shorter tie clasp
  • A wide tie needs a longer tie clasp
  • You do not want your tie clasp to be wider than your tie

Choosing the right length tie clasp is not that hard when you follow the above list.

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And it gets better…


4. Personal Flair

Beyond that, it is up to personal choice.

  • Choose a colour that complements your outfit
  • Choose a theme to match your occasion (horses, trains, hardware)
  • Choose something posh for a wedding or event
  • Express yourself

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5. And Lastly…

A couple of fashion tips:

  • If the pattern of your tie is busy, choose a plain tie clasp
  • If your tie is plain, go for a fancier tie clasp

My personal preference is for vintage tie clasps over the more modern ones. Vintage tie clasps seem to have more character, more style, more pizzazz.


See also:

Vintage Tie Clasps: How Old Are They?
The Ancient Art of Japanese Damascene
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