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5 Ways to Spice up Menswear (Part One)

Today marks the first in a series of posts dedicated to the mystery that can be accessorizing men’s clothing. Each week we’re going to detail a different way to spruce up a mens outfit, so be sure to check back week to week for the full series!

As a fashion-conscious man, I’ve always envied that women seem to have a limitless amount of options when it comes to making an outfit pop by accessorizing. For many years as I developed my own personal sense of style I watched women’s fashion from the sidelines, trying to get the same sort of impact in my own daily looks. After reading countless magazines, taking cues from other male fashion mavens, and racking my own brain, I can tell you that there is an answer my friends, and I’ve done the research so you don’t have to! So without further ado, I present the first of five ways to up the ante in your menswear looks.

1. Tie clips/bars: not just for making sure that tie doesn’t fly up into your face

Tie clips (or bars if you prefer) came to prominence in the 1920’s as a way to hold one’s tie in place due to silk becoming a more popular material for ties. Previously, ties were held in place by tie pins – a sort of tack you would push through your tie. This would totally ruin a silk tie, so the clasp-like style of tie clips were invented to address this new need.

Let me first say that tie bars are one of my favourite ways of accessorizing what could normally be a pretty straight forward look. My best kept secret for tie clips is The Tie Bar (dot com). They carry them in a variety of colours and styles. You can’t beat classic silver, but some of my favourites are the coloured ones. As you can see below, they’re a great way to give a little splash or accent of colour to the outfit.

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The trick to keeping it modern is by going with a modern width. Try to avoid the full length ones that go all away across the tie – you’ll drum up bad flashbacks of an 80’s banker in most cases. If you’re wearing a modern width tie (usually 2 1/2” wide) stick with the 1” tie clips.

That’s it for our first installment; check back next week where I’ll be writing about what I think will be the next big thing in menswear accessories.

And if you’re interested in learning more about styling for men, look at our Fashion Styling Course. We have a unit in it devoted entirely to styling for men, so be sure to check it out!