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Designing Cufflinks, Tie Bars, and Other Suit Accessories

We’ve had entrepreneurs order suit accessories as giveaways for their loyal customers and employees, and why shouldn’t they? They’re one of the most classy yet practical gifts that can truly express how much you appreciate those who have worked with you over the years.

Tie bars and cufflinks add a finished look and a sense of panache to tailored suits but deciding on the designs is not as simple as it looks, especially if you don’t know the basics and where to begin. 

So here’s a few tips on how you can 

All About The Suit

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A critical first rule is to match your custom accessories to your suit, and it begins with what kind of suit are these accessories for. Is it for a formal event? Is it for one’s everyday wear? Research on the appropriate designs that go with the suit and at the same time, matches the overall taste of your customers. 


Once you know what kind of suit those accessories will be worn with, you can gauge the kind of material that’s most appropriate for it. If your choices are only silver and gold, think again. There are other materials and finishes that would widen the possibilities of your design, but at the same time, it will make your custom accessories more personalized and one-of-a-kind.



Getting your colors right is an important first step. Are you planning to wear your silver watch? If yes, go with a silver pair of cufflinks and a tie bar. Using one color for all your accessories keeps your overall look tidy and perfect.

The color wheel is the foundation of every color. For this reason, it’s essential to know the color wheel and use it as a tool when mixing and matching colors of your suit, tie bar, and cufflinks.

The four families to keep an eye on in the color wheel are analogous, triadic, monochrome, and complementary.

  • Monochromes are within the same family of colors, although they could be of a different tint. So, if you’re wearing a blue suit, picking a cufflink and tie bar within the blue range will be apt.
  • Analogous colors sit close to each other on the color wheel and share a dominant color in the middle. You can pick the colors of your tie bar, suit, and cufflinks to match one of these colors.
  • As the name suggests, triadic colors are three colors that sit at an equal distance from each other on the color wheel. When you pair these three colors right, they make for a neat, classic look. You can also pair your suit, pair of cufflinks, and tie bar in these colors.
  • On the color wheel, complementary colors sit opposite each other. These colors are usually bold and eye-catching, so you want to be careful when pairing your accessories in these colors.

Consider Lapel Pins Too

Lapel pins are worn at about the same line of sight as your tie bar. For this reason, you want to make sure that your lapel pin and tie bar are of the same color tone and look. Matching colors will make for a fresh, refined look.

There are other small custom giveaways such as money clips and metal keychains that your customers/clients will love, but if you’re going for custom cufflinks and tie bars, you know who to turn to. 




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