Brushed Steel/Silver Tie Clips

Brushed Silver Tie Clip

Whether you know them as tie clips, slides, bars or clasps, there’s no denying this snappy style accessory is a cornerstone of men’s formal fashion. The humble tie clip has been around since the 1800s and became a style staple during the nineteenth century, becoming as synonymous with suits as collared shirts and cuff links. This executive accessory might have fallen out of favour toward the latter end of last century, but its true follows never abandoned it and since the onset of the millennium, legions of sharp dressers have returned to the tie clip collective. Looking to bring some executive edge to your wardrobe? Bring your formal outfitting bang up to date with Moda London’s range of brushed steel tie clips and accessories.
Origin of the Tie Clip
In the sartorial struggle to keep neckwear neatly in place, the precursor to the tie clip – the tie pin, became popular during the 1870s. In these formative years of the men’s fashion essential, ties themselves were often manufactured with thinner materials that were prone to displacing and becoming wrinkled. The classic pin and tack method was a sure-fire way of keeping neckwear firmly in place. The rise of the tie clip was coming, however. As approaches to formal dressing became slightly more relaxed, largely with the trend toward two-piece suits rather than three-piece ensembles, the lack of a waistcoat once again left ties flying in the breeze. But it was with the introduction of a new tie-cutting technique in the 1920s that saw the demand for tie clips really increase.
Tie Clip Varieties
There’s a wide array of tie clip types to look out for, but a few signature designs remain popular choices. The quintessential tie clip, otherwise known as the tie bar, is amongst one of the more recognisable of these designs. With a snap-fasten spring mechanism firmly locking your tie to your shirt placket, it’s the ideal choice for those with little time to fret about adjustments. If you’re all about old school authenticity, the classic tie tack is the way to go. Most tie tacks feature a T-bar element and chain, which is simply thread through a buttonhole before the attached pin is speared through the fabric of your shirt and tie.
Styling Notes

Just because you’ve got a tie clip or two in your collection doesn’t mean you can assume automatic entry into the hall of dapper dressers. Knowing how to wear a tie clip properly is as important as the quality of the accessory itself and can make or break a formal ensemble. First and foremost, don’t ignore the functionality of the tie bar. It’s not just there to accent your outfit, but perform a purpose. Once you’ve clipped the two ends of your tie together, make sure you’ve anchored your plain silk or straight-edged skinny to your shirt placket. Speaking of skinny ties, width is important when matching up clips with ties. As a general rule, tie clips should always leave about a quarter of the width of a tie untouched. If you’re nothing hitting this ratio, swap out one or the other for a better balance. Placement on the placket is also pivotal. It’s temping to show off your new staple and wear it high with pride, but for best effect, position your tie clip between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt.

Subtle and Understated

While tie clips might have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, it’s easy to make a misstep. Save yourself the embarrassment of a design that clashes with your tailoring and accessories and opt for brushed steel clips instead. Brushed metal has a distinctive, masculine look that’s both pared-back and refined. The fine line pattern of brushed steel complements plain navy suits, solid black tailoring, fine pinstripes and all manner of smart-causal combinations. What’s more, the neutrality of the metal ensures an easy pairing with bracelet watches. Looking to advance your accessories to the next level? Explore a selection of stunning brushed silver tie clips online at Moda London.