A tie clip is a neckwear accessory that clips a tie to the fold of a shirt, preventing it from swinging and ensuring the tie hangs straight, resulting in a neat, uniform appearance. Rising to prominence in the 1920s, the tie clip is typically worn by necktie-wearing professionals.
Tie clips are usually made of metal and often have minor decorative patterns. Some tie clips have a small badge indicating membership to a club or an affiliation in the same way that ties themselves often have, or some other commemorative token. Occasionally, tie bars made of leather or chain are seen.Contents
A similar neckwear-controlling device is the tie pin (also stickpin, tie tack, or tie tac), usually similar to a safety pin that fixes the tie directly to the shirt. Stock pins are similar, being gold or silver coloured bar pins and used in hunting and riding events. Popular in the early and middle 20th century with men and boy's wear and as part of official and school uniforms, tie pins are now rarely worn. However a tie may be kept looking neat and tidy by using a safety pin invisibly fixed beneath the shirt and tie.
The tie chain is yet another option in keeping neckties under control. This necktie accessory is composed of two parts, a durable bar and a chain (typically of gold or silver). The bar attaches to a button on the shirt and when properly worn is covered entirely by the tie. The chain is then left to rest across the necktie, keeping the tie secure. Typically not seen in the business world, the tie chain appears most frequently at more formal affairs.