How to Use a Tie Bar The Right Way

The little sliver of metal makes your shirt and tie combos come to life—but not every guy knows how it’s done. We’re here to help. Find out which one you should have in rotation, and exactly where it should go, with these simple steps.

Released on 11/21/2015

Transcript

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[Man] How to do it better.
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With GQ.
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(glass smashes) (cat meows)
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How to use a tie bar, the right way.
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(scattered clapping)
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One: Pick up the right clip for the right tie.
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If you're wearing a narrow tie grab a short half-inch bar.
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While a larger tie can take something longer.
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A half-inch bar is fine,
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but going much wider is a serious swerve.
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Silver's in always
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(bell dings)
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Gold, a sometimes.
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Two: The trick lies in the placement.
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Not too high, not too low.
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That's the spot!
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(crowd cheers)
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A simple rule: the tie-bar always falls
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between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt.
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Three: The tie-bar doesn't just clip on your tie.
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(buzzer noise)
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The whole point of the thing is
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to keep the tie from going crazy.
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So clip it right on to the shirt.
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(bell dings)
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(gong crashes)
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Four: Give yourself some slack.
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Lift the tie, giving a little pop near the neck,
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and keeping it from dragging ya down all day.
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(crowd cheers)