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Just type the phrase "necktie accessories" into your favorite web search engine, and you will see for yourself just exactly the wide array of items that somebody wants you to buy to make your tie-wearing experience more incredible. So it may be surprising to hear that many fashion gurus say that the best tie accessory is no tie accessory, that things such as tie tacks and bars are a thing of the past, and nowadays the only acceptable way to accessorize is with a tasteful lapel pin.

Still, the accessories are out there and when you are at a lunch meeting and you suddenly find your tie floating in your bowl of soup, you'll understand why. The most common types of neck accessories are the tie bar, the tie clip, the tie chain, and the tie tack.


A tie bar is a thin piece of metal that you slide across middle part of your tie so that it is attached to your shirt. These come in many shapes and sizes, some small and tasteful and others large and gaudy and even incredibly odd. Choose carefully! A tie clip is also called as tie clasp and is very similar to tie bar. Unlike tie bar, you need to clip it horizontally across your tie in order to attach it your shirt. Again, you can choose from all kinds of different shapes and sizes - some are much more professional than others.

The tie chain includes a tiny chain with its upper part consisting of a bar that you hook to one of the buttons on your dress shirt. You then put the neck tie through the loop of the chain such that bar is hidden behind the tie and the chain is visible on the front of the tie. These are typically made of silver or gold and tend to make the wearer look a bit upper-crust and even snooty. Wear only when appropriate.

Finally, the tie tack is much different from the tie clip and tie bar both in shape and function. A tie tack is made up of two parts; one is the design, with a pin on one side, and a chain on the right. You remove the pin from the base, then pierce through the cloth of your neck tie, connect the base to the pin and slip the metal weight and chain through button holes of your shirt. Again, tie tacks come in many designs, and because the pin can damage the fabric of your tie it is often a good idea to pierce the label on the underside of the tie, rather than the tie itself.

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