Sometimes, the greatest achievements take place on the smallest scale. Accessories have long had the ability to take a monotonous outfit and re-engage its flair, style, and personality.
The tie clip is a small but noble part of that class. A small bracket of metal, gold, rhodium and in some cases fabric that holds the shape of your tie in place while discreetly emphasizing your personality.
Here is a video on how to wear one of our favorite accessories - the tie clip.
History of The Tie Clip
It was the year 1870, aristocrats began to use tie tacks and stick pins to hold their neckwear in place to prevent the wind from whipping it around. Ties of the age were made of such light material they were so prone to wrinkling that even the smallest gust of wind could find a man struggling to replace his tie in an orderly fashion. The tie tack was a tool with a purpose, and it’s job was stability.
In 1926 the tailor Jesse Langsdorf created a new way to cut the tie at a 45 degree angle, so it would avoid wrinkling and allow the tie to lay flat. Subsequently the gentler slides and clips came out, and soon tie clips had become a staple in every gentleman’s wardrobe.
Most men acquired various clips in many different designs made of varying types of metal and gold. Often the clips would feature geometric patterns, pinstripes or very elaborate decoration and jeweling.
As corporate American began developing, tie clips became even more prominent and were worn by dignitaries, executives, middle management and even the layman.
In the 1990s tie clips declined in popularity, so much so, it became difficult to procure them. However in the last couple of years, tie clips have gained somewhat in popularity again.
Types of Tie Clips
This is the original tie clip. It can be found in many different metals, shapes and even with diamonds, rubies or other jewels affixed to it. It usually has a little chain with a T-bar attached to it, which is put through a shirt buttonhole to keep the tie in place.
It works well for woven silk ties or coarser fabrics such as wool or cashmere neckties because the little tack won’t leave a mark. If you only wear finely printed foulard ties, it is probably not the right choice for you since the little holes may not disappear completely.
Tie Clip or Tie Bar
Like the mouth of an alligator, it’s two bars attached by a spring mechanism that latch together or sometimes just a simple bar. You basically just need to clasp your tie to your front shirt placket.
The bar or clip design is probably the most popular kind of tie clip at the moment, and the easiest to put on.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s it was popular to have a chain with a clip on the end that latches behind the tie onto the shirt. Often the chain will feature a fob of sorts and acts as a method to loosely but still securely hold the tie in place.
Tie Stick Pin
The tie stick pin is technically not a tie bar, but you also use it to keep your tie in place. It is particularly common with a stroller suit or a morning coat and is more decorative than practical. Classic versions are made of solid 14k or 18k gold with a white pearl but you can find them also with diamonds or other precious and semi precious stones and more or less decorations.
Adding a tiepin or tieclip to your suit, takes your style up a whole new level.
It’s rare when something so small and so intricate can have such a huge impact on the way a man looks. Shop our wide range of tieclips & tiepins now!
Author: Sven Raphael Schneider