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A tie clip (also tie slide, tie bar, or tie clasp)[1] is a neckwear accessory that clips a tie to the underlying shirt front, preventing it from swinging and ensuring the tie hangs straight, resulting in a neat, uniform appearance. Rising to prominence in the 1920s,[1] the tie bar gradually replaced the tie pin.

Tie clips are usually made of metal and often have minor decorative patterns (see picture). 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 clips made of leather or chain are seen.

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Tie pin

Golden tiepin with emerald, 19th century

A similar neckwear-controlling device is the tie pin which is a purpose made pin or safety pin (like a collar pin) that fixes the tie directly to the shirt.

Usually fixed horizontally or diagonally at least two thirds of the way down the front of the tie, the gold/silver safety pin can complement the wearer's appearance, keeping the tie in place, especially when windy or at meal times. Popular before and after the Second World War as part of school uniforms and family wear, tie pins fell out of favour as silk ties became more common, because a pin, by design, punctures the fabric of a tie. A tie may also be kept in place by using a safety pin as an 'underpin', invisibly fixing the shirt with the tie.

Tie chain

The tie chain is yet another option in keeping neckties under control. This necktie accessory is composed of two parts, a durable clip and a chain (typically of gold or silver). The clip 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.

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