What? You know nothing about tie clips?
Well, let’s fix that!
The first time I picked up and wore a tie clip was 1998.
That time, I just joined the United States Marine Corps as an officer and the Marine shop raked me over the coals and I had to buy all my uniforms.
I got this really cool jewelry box (yes, Marine officers get a jewelry box too!) where I keep all of the little details that go in to our uniforms and that includes my tie clip.
I actually didn’t know what it was at first.
I’ve never worn a tie clip, never had one, and over the last 15 years, this tie clip has really worn on me. I really like it simply because of the history and the message behind it.
You know, having a little thing like this that reminds me of when I first became a marine officer is a great thing.
Tie clips are useful.
They are serve a functional piece in a sense they keep your tie out of your soup.
Not only do they keep it right there straight where you want it, but they’re also a bit of jewelry and they can really add quite a bit of style to a very simple or plain outfit.
Tie Clip History
Tie clips date back to the turn of the 20th Century and they were also called tie bars and tie slides.
They were worn in a time period when men wore more elaborate bows and ties and they would actually use pins to help hold them in place.
The first tie bars were really just U-shaped pieces of metal that were going in and holding them in place.
You can imagine it like a U-bolt except without the threads.
So time went on and all of a sudden, they started to become more elaborate. They used precious metals, jewels.
And even after World War I, we started seeing men basically within the tie bar and within ties in general.
We could see what regiment they had been with in the military or if you’re a part of certain clubs, we would see that as well.
They fell out of use and knowledge with relaxed business standards in the 1980s, ’90s, and really just saw them disappear, so many companies stopped carrying them at all.
For many younger men now, they’re starting to see these with the advent of the internet and all those great stuff about how you can buy anything, anywhere and you’re seeing them really starting to make resurgence.
Old is new again, so it’s pretty cool to see them make a comeback, but this is a classic piece that’s been around a long time.
There’s one I actually pulled from JoJo & Sofia‘s website, it’s got a little bit of a clock so somehow a bit more elaborate and fun. Other times, they’re just simple metal bars.
How to Wear a Tie Clip
So how to wear a tie clip. First off, It’s meant to hold the tie to the shirt.
I’ve seen some guys try to wear it where they just think they’re holding the tie together.
No, it’s meant to hold the tie to the shirt, hold the tie in place.
I like to wear it at about the two-thirds point and that’s starting from the buckle or starting from the bottom of the tie going up, and I like it to go about two-thirds the way up.
If you want to make that even easier, maybe just above center.
Find the center point in your chest and then go a couple of inches above that.
And if you want to be more specific, perhaps between the third and fourth buttons starting at the top.
Clips that are wider than the tie should not be worn.
Where to Buy
There are a lot of places you can go, gentlemen:
- Thrift & vintage clothing stores for 50 cents to a dollar.
- eBay is a great option as well. There’s a lot of stuff out there on eBay.
- Jewelry shops. If you want to pay a lot of money for it, you can walk in if you’re really looking for something that’s higher end and made from precious stones.
- ETSY is a great place. It’s usually a lot of crafts there. I think a lot of the pieces I see on ETSY are underpriced for what you’re getting.
- JoJo & Sofia. They have sent me some samples. I’m not getting a cut or anything, but I just like this little company out of Chicago. Sarah, the owner, I’ve talked with her on the phone, very nice woman, and she’s making these out of Chicago.
Now, if you haven’t already, I’m going to encourage you to subscribe to my email list and grab my free 47-page e-book.
The reason I want you to do this is because I’m giving away a really cool coupon code so that if you are on this list, you would actually get the one from JoJo & Sofia.
Sarah’s going to be sending out free pocket squares for anyone that purchases at least two tie clips from her but the only people that are going to get this are those on my email list.
Hence, this invitation for you to go grab my free e-book and get on my email newsletter.
Okay guys, your turn.
I would love to hear from you and let me know in the comments where you are getting your tie clips from.
I’d love to hear where your sources are at, or if you think I missed something here in the presentation, I will see you in the comments!