The tie bar is an instant style upgrade. We're talking about tie bars (aka tie clips) not collar bars. The tie bar is functional--it was created to keep your tie in place and not flying in the wind or in your food--but it's also classic and stylish. It's a great accessory to add a little flair to your look. They're definitely making a come back as far as trends go, but they were not seen for quite some time. Regardless of trends, it is a nice compliment to a suit. Here are a few tips for rocking a tie bar:
--Wear it higher than half way up the tie, but not too high. Right at about the lower tip of the sternum is good, straight across the tie.
--Most tie bars have teeth on the back side and have a hinge to open and close it. Others just slide on. No hinge. I prefer these because it tends to hold better, but they are more difficult to find and are usually more expensive.
--Keep it clean and simple. There are some pretty crazy tie bars out there. Steer clear of bejeweled or baroque looking stuff. Less is definitely more with tie bars. You can't go wrong with a simple silver tie bar with or without subtle designs or lines.