In today’s guide, we thoroughly discuss collar clips, how they’re different from collar bars and collar pins, why you should wear them, how you can style them, and anything else you’d want to know about this wonderful accessory.
James Bond wore one, if you watch Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire — wherever you look, elegant men, stylish men, men who care about their appearance had this little accessory underneath their tie that elevates their tie knot and gives them an entirely different look.
Collar Pin vs Collar Bar vs Collar Clip
Traditionally, the collar clip got its name because it was a simple clip mechanism that you would put on your collar. The problem with them is that they oftentimes slide around, even if you move just ever so slightly. As a consequence, the straight collar clip is slightly askew, and it makes you almost look dumb. Personally, I was really annoyed by that, and I would always think “Oh, is my collar clip aligned or not?” — it just takes away from the entire experience of being in company and with other people.
Therefore, I designed a collar clip that has actual coils and little clip mechanisms that help you really grip the collar so you can move and it stays in place.
Basically, the collar clip is the most convenient among the three because you don’t need an extra shirt and you’re not going to cause any damage to your collar. It’s also super quick to put on. Also, it creates a visual interest that’s very close to your face that is unique and makes you stand out from the crowd.
A collar bar is a simple bar with screw ends. In order to wear it with a shirt, you need to have holes in your collar so you can poke them through. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find these shirts and usually, you have to go custom.
A collar pin looks like a traditional safety pin . However, it’s slightly different in the sense that it’s specifically designed for a collar. The advantage is that you do not need any holes in your collar.
On the other hand, you have to poke through your collar, and that may cause damage to your shirt if it’s a very fine shirt fabric. At Fort Belvedere, we designed safety pins that are very thin, and it shouldn’t happen, but nevertheless, the best way to avoid a damaged shirt collar is to use a collar clip.
How To Style a Collar Clip
- Obviously, it must be worn with a tie. As such, in this day and age, it’s a rather formal accessory. You have to wear it with a long-sleeved dress shirt with a collar that is not too spread, so you can have the collar clip that pinches in between and keeps the collar together. You want to use a tie with a thinner interlining such as the ones from Fort Belvedere. Then, you want to have an oriental tie knot or a four in hand knot. These two tie knots are the slimmest ones you can find, and all the others are too big. You need that slim tie knot because you have a very small opening, and if it’s too big, it’s just bulging up and looks weird.
- You want to make sure that the color of the tie clip matches your accessories. For example, I’m wearing a gold ring with a gold clip and gold cuff links. The same is true if you have a gold belt buckle or a gold watch. If you have silver accessories, go with a silver collar clip, and if you have rose gold accessories, go with the rose gold collar clip.
- When you wear a collar clip, it’s important not to over-accessorize your outfit. If you have a tie bar, skip it — it’s too much metal that’s visible. On the other hand, a pocket square would work really well, especially if it’s a simple one that doesn’t take attention away and it’s a good harmony. I’m wearing cuff links but no wristbands. Generally, a boutonniere in your lapel buttonhole would also probably not be advisable — there’s simply too much going on around your face otherwise.
Collar Clip Outfit Ideas
1. Business Outfit. A white shirt, white pocket square, a subtle tie, blue suit or a gray suit or a dark suit; it just gives you a very polished look with the collar clip.
3. Casual tweed outfit. A tweed jacket (houndstooth with an overplaid) and a rose gold collar clip that goes well with the warm tones of the jacket. A yellow knit tie with an oriental knot. For the shirt, an off-white, herringbone club collar shirt that works really well with clips. For a pocket square, I chose a madder silk.
4. Summer sport coat. Combine a silver collar clip with a summer sport coat. Make sure to have rings and cuff links that match the silver tone. It goes well with a madder silk tie which is purple with tones of red and green so it ties it all together. White pocket square for the summer makes it light and a light pink boutonniere is contrasting and complementing to the tie and the ensemble.
5. Blazer outfit. A Winchester shirt, which is a shirt that has a contrasting white collar. A club collar which has rounded edges and an English printed tie with kind of a reddish tone which has some yellowy beige and goes really well with a gold collar clip because it’s harmonious. To wrap up the outfit, a navy blue blazer with a very faint windowpane, a white pocket square from Fort Belvedere, and a boutonniere (in this case, the blue cornflower.)
6. Casual Attire. You can wear a collar clip with a cardigan or a sweater or a sweater vest or even just a vest. If you’re in the mood for a very relaxed outfit with a sweater or a cardigan, the collar clip just adds a little bit of extra pop to your outfit and with the tie, and red, and green, it harmonizes very well. This is a gray and green knitted cardigan made of wool with a vintage silk tie in red and a shirt with a gold collar pin because it goes well with the red and the green and it just ties it all together.
If now, you want to buy some collar clips, collar bars, or collar pins that are all well designed and will last for a while, please check out Fort Belvedere for made-to-last, high-quality accessories.