How to Wear a Tie Bar

The tie bar is a perfect menswear accessory that will add both style and function to your wardrobe. If worn correctly, it will add subtle, sophisticated elegance. If worn incorrectly, however, it can quickly turn into a noticeable style Faux Pas that can throw off your entire ensemble. To make sure you wear your tie bars correctly, here the three basic “tie bar rules” you need to know. Besides proper tie bar placing and tie bar length, I will also give you some tips on finding the perfect color, material, and design.

The sweet-spot for the tie bar is between the 3rd and 4th dress shirt button. Typically a slightly higher placing has a more modern look.

The tie bar should reach about 3/4 of the width of your tie. A little shorter is fine, but the tie bar should never be wider than the necktie. That being said, you will need different tie bar length depending on the width of your tie. Tie bars that are 1.75″ – 2.25″ in width are great for regular width ties (about 3.25″ wide), tie bars that are about 1.5″ wide are excellent for narrow neckties ranging from 2.35″ – 2.9″ in width, and very narrow tie bars that are 1″ – 1.25″ wide are great for very skinny ties that are narrower than 2″ wide.

The tie bar is designed to attach your necktie to your dress shirt. Thus, make sure to clip both ends of the tie onto your shirt (see left image). Don’t just clip both end of the necktie together (shown in right picture) which completely defeats the purpose of the tie bar.

Today tie bars are no longer just plain silver or gold in color. While gold and silver tie bars are the most elegant choice, some occasions are perfect to have some fun with some bold colored pieces. When wearing a silver or gold tie bar make sure that the color matches other metals on your ensemble such as your belt buckle, watch, and cufflinks. When wearing a colored tie bar make sure the color coordinates with your outfit and the occasion.

Further Reading Suggestions:
How to Wear a Skinny Tie
Basic Overview of Common Necktie Accessories

Thanks for readings!

Tie-a-Tie Founder & Necktie Aficionado

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Video Guide on How to Sew a Bow Tie

Last week we showed you how you can make your own bow tie in 6 simple steps. For those of you that need some additional help mastering this skill, we have now added this video tutorial that will teach you how to make a bow tie in just 3 minutes:

We hope that our little bow tie making video has inspired your next crafts project. For the printable bow tie pattern, please click HERE.

Even if you don’t wear bow ties yourself, they make for a perfect fathers day present, they are great groomsmen gifts, and they even look handsome on our four legged friends. In case you also like a printable step-by step instruction, then this guide should come in handy as well:


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The Top 6 Menswear Giveaways


Giveaways have become a popular marketing tool, and they are a great way for us shoppers to get things for FREE. I am always on the hunt for bargain deals for stylish clothing, and what deal is better than getting stuff for FREE. I have tried over a hundred different menswear giveaways. Here are my personal TOP 6 weekly/monthly favorites. Am I missing one that should be on the list? Then leave a comment below and I will consider adding it (after having tried it of course).

My Tips to Boost Your Chances of Winning

Looking for ways to increase your chances of winning? Then here are three simple tips:

  1. Enter multiple giveaways at the same time: Many of these giveaways make you upload a picture on instagram using a certain hashtag. This is a great opportiunity for you to enter mulitiple giveaways simultaneopisly by adding multiple hashtags. It takes a few seconds and will definitely boost your chances of winning.
  2. Post regularly and stick with it: Once you found your favorite giveaways, make sure to engage often (like daily). It only takes a minute or two each day and I guarantee that your work will pay off.
  3. Endorse the Product: If you happen to already own pieces from the retailer hosting the giveaway, then make sure to show it. Take a selfie and post it on different social channels with the required tags. It will get you noticed!

TOP 10 Best Menswear Giveaways:

the-style-blogger-giveaway#1: TSBMen Giveaway
TSBMen (aka “The Style Blogger”) is a popular menswear blog started by Dan Trepanier out of NYC. Style/menswear really comes natural to Dan. He lives what he preaches. In fact, he has been voted “Best Dressed Real Man in America” by Esquire Magazine. Each month Dan features a new giveaway of an entire wardrobe worth a few thousand bucks that is typically sponsored by several high end brands. Not only is this one of my favorite giveaways (I yet have to win though), but it is also very easy to enter. First, you got a share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. After that, you simply e-mail a picture of yourself wearing a stylish outfit to Dan. To view, and to enter the TSBMen Giveaways, CLICK HERE. I also suggest you take a look at Dan’s tips for taking winning photos towards the bottom of each giveaway. Please comment below if you have any good insight or tips for this giveaway.

menswear-giveaway-contests#2 Giveaways is another great menswear blog that was founded by Sabir M. Peele out of North Philadelphia. Similar to Dan of TSBMen, Sabir was also voted as one of the “5 Best Dressed Real Men in America” by Esquire Magazine. That being said, Sabir is passionate about style and dressing well. While his blog gives great tips on style, grooming, and lifestyle, Sabir also keeps an eye out for great menswear giveaways (in addition to featuring his own). Each month you will find a handful of different giveaways ranging from a BespokePost sponsored Baume & Mercier watch to a $3,000 wardrobe sponsored by Bonobos. Since each giveaway is different, so are the rules to enter. Click HERE to see the latest featured giveaways.

suitcity-giveaway#3 BlackLapel’s #SuitCity Giveaway
BlackLapel is an NYC based menswear retailer that focus mainly on high quality, made to measure suits, dress shirts, and menswear accessories. While their pieces are very well priced, the folks at BlackLapel actually give you a chance to get some of their pieces for FREE via their #suitcity giveaway. All you got to do is dress up in suit or blazer, take a picture, and upload it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #suitcity as well as #blacklapel. What I like about this giveaways is the fact that: 1) It is weekly, meaning you got lots of chances, and don’t need to wait a month to find out who the winner is; and 2) they often feature other brands such as recently featured pair of Allen Edmonds shoes. To joint this giveaway, CLICK HERE

bowsnties-giveaway#4 The #bowsnties $50 Instagram Giveaway
Very similar to BlackLapel’s #suitcity giveaway is the Instagram giveaway by online neckwear retailer This means you can in fact enter both giveaways simultaneously. To enter this giveaway, all you got to do is take a picture of yourself wearing a tie and upload it on Instagram with the hashtag #bowsnties. What I like about this giveaway is: 1) it is super easy to enter, 2) a new winner is announced each week giving me lots of chances to win, 3) the prize is for a $50 gift card to and not for a particular product, allowing me to pick my own neckties or bow ties, and 4) I get a little bit of fame by having my picture appear on on their Website. To enter this giveaway and for more information, please CLICK HERE

artofmanliness-giveaway#5 AOM’s Weekly Huckberry giveaway
Another great giveaway I recently found, is the weekly Huckberry giveaway which is featured on one of my favorite menswear blogs: Each week you can win any item you see on – a site that carries cool men’s stuff ranging from a pair of designer denims to a must-have tomahawk axe. Not sure what item to pick? Then the blog’s founders, Brett and Kate McKay, pick out some of their favorite pieces each week for you. To enter is also simple. All you need to do is: 1. join Huckberry, 2. find an item you like, 3. comment on the weekly giveaway with the item you would like to win. To view, and to enter all the latest giveaways, CLICK HERE.

hespokestyle-giveaway#6 Monthly Giveaway by is a menswear blog started by Brian Sacawa out of NY. Brian is an accomplished saxophone player who also happen to have a great eye for style. His blog is definitely worth a visit, and his Lookbook offers some great every day style inspiration as well. I was a little hesitant to feature this site on my “Best Menswear Giveaway” post since his last giveaway ended back in October of last year. But, I have already sent Brian an e-mail – trying to convince him to re-launch his popular giveaways series. I will keep you posted if he does. His giveaways typically feature an entire wardrobe containing items such as a pair of Allen Edmonds and pieces by ASOS. Entering is usually simple, typically requiring you to follow him on Facebook as well as commenting on his post.

Have you entered any of these giveaways, and want to give some input? Did I forget any giveaways that should be on this list? Then let me know by leaving a comment below.

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The 10 Ugliest Bow Ties Money Can Buy

When it comes to men’s neckwear, you’d be surprised how expensive Ugly can get. I’ve scoured the internet for The World’s 10 Ugliest Bow Ties to keep away from when hunting for the perfect piece.

  • wooden-bow-tie
    #10 The Wooden Bow Tie: There's nothing worse than a well dressed man ruining his ensemble with one of these surprisingly popular $65 wooden bow ties. Have you fallen victim to this fashion craze? Re-gift it as a paper weight, use it as a mixing spoon, use it as a ping-pong paddle. Just please, for god's sake, don't call it a bow tie.
  • 3D-printed-bow-tie
    #9 The 3-D Printed Bow Tie:What were the jerks at Monocircus thinking when they designed this thing? It looks like something out of a Dr. Who loving, arduino fiddling, theater nerd's wet dream. At $113 a piece, maybe they can print themselves a girlfriend.
  • python-skin-bow-tie
    #8 The Oliver Python Leather Snakeskin Bow Tie: Are you a top or a bottom? Send the right message with this $275 Christopher Chaun bow tie made from the skin of a python and underlined with lamb. While I'd call python leather inappropriate for most occasions, I predict this bow tie to be the go-to accessory at this year's famed Folsom Street Fair.
  • peacock-feather-bow-tie
    #7 The Peacock Feather Bow Tie: This $189 bow tie really flipped my bird. Don't let the designers at Brackish fool you - their selections of hand-picked peacock plumage will not get you laid.
  • paper-bow-tie
    #6 The Paper Bow Tie: A hand-made paper bow tie by 1010designstudio on Etsy for $25.90. Etsy continues to fight capitalism and consumer waste by providing a platform for people to pawn off up-cycled candy wrappers at ludicrous prices. We recommend wearing this piece of glorified origami on a rainy day.
  • rabbit-bow-tie-red
    #5 The Rabbit Fur Bow Tie: Nothing says high-fashion like accessorizing your adam's apple in this red bow of rabbit's flesh. Designed by Adrienne Landau and the fashion blogger BryanBoy, this fashion duo brings you a bow tie that's sure to ruin your day.
  • burlap-bow-tie
    #4 The Burlap Sack Bow Tie: This tie takes Pinterest's current obsession with rustic weddings to a new level. Be sure to read the fine print before adding it to your shopping cart; this tie may only be worn after snatching up your child bride in a potato sack and accepting a dowry of twenty heads of sheep.
  • fur-bow-tie
    #3 The Vanity Bow Tie in Beaver: A tuft of fur plucked from the pelt of a French beaver and wrapped in a regimental striped ribbon. We all know there's nothing the dapper man likes more than a dead beaver in his face, but this $169 beaver bow tie from Barney's New York is just damn awful.
  • metallic-ceramic-mens-bow-tie
    #2 The Cor Sine Labe Doli Primo Metallic Ceramic Bow Tie: Don't let this $235 bow tie's pretentious name and steep price tag fool you into thinking you can pull this off. Not even Kanye can pull off this caliber of nonsense.
  • toad-skinned-bow-ties
    #1 The Cane Toad Bow Tie: Securing its place as #1 on our list of Most Ugly Bow Ties, the particular foulness of this accessory by the Toadfactory will project a certain bizarre bravado that probably won't get you promoted, but will at least keep people from chatting you up at the water cooler.
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