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What’s The Difference Between Tie Bars And Tie Tacks?

May 11, 2021

What’s The Difference Between Tie Bars And Tie Tacks?

When you’re meeting with an important client, the president of your company, or if you are interviewing for your dream job, the last thing you want is for your tie to take on a mind of its own. A tie that is flapping in the wind, falling in your soup, or just plain crooked can give the impression that you are a bit disheveled or unorganized. Thankfully, there are quick and easy fixes to keeping your tie securely in place: tie bars and tie tacks.

What Are Tie Bars?

A tie bar is a bar that slides comfortably over your tie and your shirt and keeps your tie in place. Tie bars are typically horizontal in shape, and are available in a variety of finishes.

Golden-colored tie bars work best against darker suit colors or a solid tie. You can’t go wrong with stainless steel tie bars. They work with most other tie combinations. A walnut-inlay tie bar would look great against a grey tie, and a stainless steel tie bar with solid carbon inlay and black ion-plating would look fantastic against a cranberry or other deeply-colored tie.

A tie bar should be placed between the third and fourth button of your dress shirt, and is fastened through the inside of the shirt.

What Are Tie Tacks?

Tie tacks are decorative pins attached to a thin chain that secures the tie in place behind the tie and through the buttonhole. Unlike the tie bars, tie tacks pierce a small hole in the tie, which is important to know if you have a silk or satin tie. But tie tacks work perfectly with knit ties that naturally have holes in the fabric. The chain length between the shirt and the tie allows for more flexibility and movement, making tie tacks less constricting than tie bars.

Tie-tack style can range from a classic stainless steel in a satin finish with black enamel to ones with diamonds for an extra touch of elegance.

Why Should You Wear Tie Bars Or Tie Tacks?

Here are a few benefits to securing your tie with tie bars or tie tacks:

  • They are fashionable. With a variety of styles to choose from, tie bars and tie tacks add a whisper of personality to your clothes. 
  • They keep your tie clean. You won’t have to worry about dipping your tie in your coffee cup or your plate at lunch.
  • They keep you safe. Secured closely to your shirt, you lower your risk of your tie getting caught in machinery, closing drawers, car doors, etc.
  • They keep your tie straight. Even if your shoulders are uneven, your tie will always look aligned and professional.

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