How To Wear a Tie Bar

How To Wear a Tie Bar


Tie Bar: J. Press. Trunk: Antique.



  1. Would you mind updating this with why and pictures of each slanted and un-slanted tie bars so that we can compare?

  2. Sorry, slanted is just wrong. It looks messy and screams attention seeking. You look like a drunk retard with a slanted tie bar.

  3. I personally thimk its simillar to the pocket square, it should always look like a fimishing touch, not thought out like with the pocket square never matching the tie material simply because you dont want to come acrossmlike youve spent all week making sure your tie pin is as level ad yoi can get it, it has a job to do let it do it.
    also if you have everything horizontal it will maoe you look for pretentious and like your putting too much effort into it

    • Too much effort? It’s a tie bar. As of the period in the last sentence, I have now exceeded the effort I have ever put into my tie bars. You have a noble and necessary job to do: help men feel comfortable in an area where the has been too little education. The fine, young gentlemen who come to you perhaps were not listening or observing when their fathers were dressing, or perhaps there were no lessons given at all, but now they are going into the world to present themselves and their ideas and they do not want to be distracted with fashion. They want to feel at ease with themselves so that they can focus attention on people and accomplishments. Remember your calling and serve your clientele with distinction and honor and respect. Sometimes it is just a tie bar. Your fine, young gentlemen need to know that.

  4. How should you wear one? You really, really shouldn’t, tie bars are the realm of teachers and clerks. They should not be part of the wardrobe of a gentleman.

  5. Here are the reasons why they made tie bars. #1. To hold the tie to the shirt and keep it in place. #2. When you bend over,or if its windy the tie wont get in your way or get caught in something, possibly a car door or a random piece of spinning machinery…Yikes! #3. It adds a touch of class and lets the ladies know you care about your look. Remember….you are showing off your stuff so make it smart, classy, and neat.

  6. In your picture, the camera is slanted, the tie bar is straight. Please explain why my tie bar shouldn’t also be straight.

  7. Wearing your tie bar (should you choose to do so) slanted is as silly as GQ’s The Style Guy saying you should leave one of your button down collar buttons unbuttoned…because you can! Ridiculous and immature and very bad taste.

    • Doug Jensen, that’s funny that you mention that. I’m from Mississippi (and quite honestly one of the few people there who isn’t a complete redneck) and I now live in Texas and I’ve never heard anyone else (besides myself, of course) who called it a “button down” shirt. Everyone else always calls it a “button-up”, which never made since to me because when you are buttoning it you are buttoning up not down. You start at the top and work your way down. I’ve never seen anyone start from the bottom and work there way up.

  8. Thou shalt wear a slanted tie bar if thou wouldst prefer to look like a fool. Horizontal wins, whoever wrote this is apparently not concerned with dressing like a clown

  9. I must say I disagree with this particular rule. The very large majority of the people at my job(which is a corporate, business-dressing environment) wear their tie bars horizontally. I am based in New York, so maybe this rule is from the p.o.v of another country, not sure. But I can say that most people here wear them horizontally.

    • Miguel,
      I wrote that rule when I worked for Deloitte in NYC. I agree, most guys do wear their tie bar horizontally, but just because most people do it, does not mean it’s right and it does not mean it is the best look. A slant give a little angle to it that better flatters guys and also gives off a little more non-chalant look.