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.