How To Wear A Tie Clasp

how to wear a tie clasp

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HOW TO WEAR A TIE CLASP

Call them what you will – tie bar, tie clip, tie clasp. They’re all the same thing. You’ve come to the right place to find out how to wear a tie clip.

Collecting vintage tie clasps is one of the coolest hobbies. There are countless styles and designs… you can never have enough tie clips. One of the most difficult problems is… how can you wear them all?

But it can be hard to know where to start.

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

Tie bar placement can make or break your style!

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.

MY TIP:
When wearing a three piece suit, you may want to place your tie clasp a little higher because of the waistcoat. My advice, don’t wear a tie clasp if you’re wearing a tie clasp… it looks too cluttered. Perhaps opt for a collar bar instead.

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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:

  • First, hold the clasp in your right hand, with alligator teeth open.
  • Then 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.
  • Check your placement in the mirror.

Pretty simple, huh?

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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 don’t want your tie clasp wider than your tie

Choosing the right length tie clasp is easy 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
  • A plain necktie calls 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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