The Tie Clip: What’s Your Angle?

Skinny ties are back and with them comes the resurgence of the tie clip. All well and good say I. Just know that there is more than one way to wear the clip.

Most of what you’ll see in the fashion magazines will show a clip worn straight across the tie.

(Image: GQ)

But tie clips have been around longer than the skinny tie and have been worn by some very fashionable men.

(Image: EasyArt.com)

Notice that the tie clip is worn at an angle? If worn with stripes, it would cross them instead of following the direction of the stripe up or down. I rarely wear a tie clip, although I have several that were in high rotation during the 80’s, but when I do, I don’t like to play it too straight.

What’s your angle?

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2 Responses to The Tie Clip: What’s Your Angle?

  1. Wisco says:

    Hmmm, the cross-wise is a miss in my opinion. It’s a bit visually jarring and cross the line from sprezzatura to “what was he thinking”.

    If I wear a tie bar, I am generally a “up and to the left” (towards the pocket square) kind of guy. Not too much of an angle, but hey your clothes and accessories should move with you. I am not a fan of the hatpin tie bar… I shudder to think about poking holes into a nice tie.

  2. Turling says:

    I’m not fond of the straight across look. The top picture has the tv fold square and tie bar at nearly the same spot, looking like someone dragged something across his chest. At some angle I would say is best.

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