You’ve probably noticed that the tie bar has been making a comeback over the past few years. Some say it’s due to the influence of shows like “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire,” others credit the reinvigorated men’s “dress-up” business, or the general feeling that men want to make more effort in their appearance. Either way it’s a sharp new tool that guys should have in their accessories box. It’s masculine, clean, modern and takes you up a notch in the style department without looking flamboyant or like you’re trying too hard.

So if you’ve been thinking about delving into the world of tie bars, or buying one as a gift this holiday, then you should read this because not all tie bars are created equal.

What’s the proper width?

A tie bar should never extend beyond the width of your tie. For a modern look it should be three-quarters of the width of your tie.

What color and style?

To be safe, opt for a silver or brushed silver bar. You’ll find a wide variety from plain, to mixed metals, to patterned to novelty. Start simple and work your way up. A novelty bar, such as a skull or anchor, can add a pop of personality to an otherwise ordinary outfit, but you don’t want to look gimmicky.

Where to clip?

This is the part that guys often get wrong. Don’t wear it too high or too low -- this separates the amateurs from the style savvy pros. The rule is this: It goes between the third and fourth button of your dress shirt.

How to clip?

Though it may just look like a decorative accessory, the tie bar actually was invented to keep your tie out of your lunch. And it doesn’t just fasten the front part of your tie to the back part; it should also fasten to the placket of your dress shirt. Just think, you’ll never get whipped in the face by your tie in a wind tunnel. Because I knew you were concerned about that.

That’s it. Easy as pie.

Now here are some tie bars I love. 

Jan Leslie Cobra Laser-Print Tie Bar, $125 www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Jan Leslie Cobra Laser-Print Tie Bar, $125 www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Alexander McQueen, Skull Sword Tie Bar, Dark Silver, $235 www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Alexander McQueen, Skull Sword Tie Bar, Dark Silver, $235 www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Arrow Tie Clip, J. Crew, $49.50 www.jcrew.com

Arrow Tie Clip, J. Crew, $49.50 www.jcrew.com

BottegaVeneta Intrecciato-Engraved Silver Tie-Clip, $220 www.mrporter.com

BottegaVeneta Intrecciato-Engraved Silver Tie-Clip, $220 www.mrporter.com


Barneys New York, $85 www.barneys.com

Barneys New York, $85 www.barneys.com

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