Is the Tie Clip dead?
In a fashion climate where pocket squares and fancy socks once ruled, men are toning down the excess and getting back to basics. A more casual look both at the office and around town means less suits and less ties. Together, formal accessories like tie clips and cufflinks have become more of a rarity. But don't call them extinct.
Men's accessories are at their core functional. Tie bars keep your tie in place! They are especially useful if you happen to be active (like riding a bike around town) or when you're sitting down at the table to eat. Wear one to a wedding, and in addition to the compliments you receive you'll have one less thing to worry when the reception starts.
They also add a stylish touch to the usual shirt and tie combo. While they pair well with french cuffs and a suit, tie clips are less formal can be worn more freely. More casual options like our Wooden Tie Clips pair well without the jacket.
Tie Clips are not for every day.
There are definitely times to leave the tie clip off. Because they are used to keep your tie in place, if you're wearing a vest or waistcoat there is no need to clip since the tie will already be secure. And for more somber or serious occasions, you are often better off without. As style blogger Chris Law explains in this article in Men's Fitness, “A tie bar at a job interview screams, ‘I’m trying to be cool!’” No one cool ever screams that.
So as long as ties continue to flap in the wind and risk falling into your soup, tie clips will have a place to stay. Clip-on ties, however, may still see the fate of the dinosaurs.