Are tie bars/tie clips still fashionable in the workplace? I know my grandfather wore one in the 50s and 60s, but how about now? And if they are, where can I find one? None of the fine men’s clothiers around me carry them… not even JoS. A. Bank.



The original purpose of these devices was to keep your tie centered and attached to your shirt at all times. They evolved into fashion pieces, as so many functional trends do. But nothing’s more unfashionable than a necktie dipped in tomato soup, so if you’re a messy eater, go for it.

But to answer your question, tie accessories are currently out of fashion, but will be making a comeback soon — especially as jewelers wise up and make modern-looking tie clips with thick right angles, and optionally with lots of bling.

So like all fashion trends on the cusp of popularity, you can only wear one if you’re either 1) fashion forward, 2) very attractive. Anything else and you’ll look like a doof.

If you’re not fashionable enough for a tie clip but want to keep your tie out of your soup with class, use a leather tie-down, which is a strap that wraps around the label on the back of your tie, and has button holes to affix to your shirt, keeping everything in place.

3 Responses to “Tie”

  1. 1 captain_kewl August 7, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Your best bet is to learn to tie a decent knot, a full or half windsor will be enough to impress those in the know adn the office executives who look at these things as a sign of status.

    dimple in the middle, always in the middle

  2. 2 Anonymous August 22, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    i have always been a big fan of the tie clip and own several. including the requisite “fish” tie bar. i have worn them since high school. truly the dope jam.


  3. 3 Anonymous August 24, 2006 at 2:00 am

    Cheap easy solution? Use a paper clip. Just stick the end of the tie through the label and secure below the label with a small paper clip to your shirt. Easy, quick, on the company’s dime. No one will ever see it, and the tie stays in place all day.

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