How do I wear a collar bar?

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How do I wear a collar bar?
Dress up your necktie with a quality collar bar. (necktie for salw image by .shock from

Collar bars are men's jewellery pieces designed to hold the two leaves of the collar of a dress shirt together and lift and frame the knot of the necktie in between. This provides a subtle touch that marks you as a man of style and lifts you one notch above all the other suits. Wearing one takes just a little attention to detail.

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  • Dress shirt
  • Necktie
  • Collar bar

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    Purchase a special type of shirt to wear with the barbell-style collar bar. Shirts designed for barbell collar bars come with sewn-in holes for the bar to pierce. Don't wear the shirt without the collar bar; it looks like the shirt is damaged or something is missing. One end of the barbell screws off. Remove it and slip the open end of the barbell through one hole in the collar from the outside in. Slide the barbell under the knot of your necktie and through the other hole from the inside out. Screw the cap back on the open end of the barbell.

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    Wear the safety-pin type of collar bar with any dress shirt. This piece of jewellery pierces each side of the collar with the necktie in between, over the bar. The holes the pins make in the collar close up when you wash the shirt.

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    Put on the clip-on type of collar bar with any dress shirt. Slide one leaf of the collar between the clip and the bar, then slip the bar under your necktie and slide the other leaf of the collar between the other side of the clip and bar. This type of collar bar tends to slip out of place and has to be adjusted many times a day.

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