How to Wear a Pin

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How to Wear a Pin

When it comes to dressing, the tiniest accessory, the pin,, takes on the important job of making a statement without saying a word. Like, for example, the poppy pins worn on Remembrance Day when Britain honours its fallen heroes, pins demonstrate support, sentimentality, remembrance, and affiliation: all while complementing the wearer's outfit. Pins also build a spirit of camaraderie and communal spirit between peers.

Whether worn on ties, coat lapels, hats, and collars to work, formal dinners, school functions, weddings, interviews, military events, or conferences and conventions, it is very important that the pin is worn correctly. When a person wears a pin that is appropriate to the occasion, time, and place, and pinned in place correctly, the pin gives the ensemble the final touch of polish and elegance. Pins are available in jewellery and hat stores, fine clothes shops, and online stores. eBay&'s impressive collection of pins includes vintage, Celtic,, and rhinestone pins, as well as dapper collar and tie pins.

Many people are confused over the correct placement of pins, finding it an exercise in futility and opting to forego it altogether to avoid shame. Once one learns from this guide about the types of pins available, the different occasions they can wear them to, and the little tricks to keep the pin in place, they never again want go without wearing one to the appropriate occasions.

What is a Pin?

Pins are fastening devices usually made from steel, although some, like lapel and souvenir pins, are purely for decorative purposes. People typically wear pins on collars, ties, and hats to different types of events, with each pin placed according to the regulations of the occasion.

How to Wear a Pin According to Its Type

The different types of pins are collar, tie, lapel, hat and novelty pins. When wearing a pin a person, should consider the time, place, and event, and decide whether the pin is appropriate for the occasion. The placement of the pin is exacting in some cases, so people should follow regulations regarding this so as not to offend people by a graceless faux pas. When wearing pins, the shape should always point upright, not upside down or crooked; any animals should face the left side. The exception is novelty pins worn to add dressy flair to the ensemble.

Collar Pins

Many trendwatchers credit the TV programme 'Mad Men' with turning a long-forgotten fashion accessory into a hot trend. A collar pin or bar is a type of men's accessory that goes under the tie knot to give it a slight aesthetic lift and keep the dress shirt collar in place by holding its two ends. There are three types of these pins: the collar pin which looks like a large safety pin; the collar bar with clasps on both ends to hold the bar; and the barbell, which is a straight pin with little cubes on each end that are screwed into eyelets of a specially made collar. Smaller collar pins have a snug fit while longer ones might not hold the collar securely enough.

Lapel Pins

Lapel pins,, lapel badges, or pin badges are small pins with separate backing that people wear on the lapels of their coats, on the wide folded flaps on the front of a formal jacket. They are usually symbols of achievement, such as British army insignias, company logos, and flags, and are sometimes used as awards in recognition of someone's contribution or to bring awareness to a particular cause or disease.

Lapel pins are worn one at a time, on the left side of the lapel near the heart and touching the outer edge of the buttonhole. Some people choose to wear lapel pins on their ties, somewhere towards the middle, instead of on the lapel; before doing so, however, one should consider the formality of the occasion they are attending to see if there is an allowance for this. Both men and women wear lapel pins, always on the left side.

Hat Pins

British women wear hat pins on their hats for both practicality and aesthetics: to hold one's hat in place on the head and as an ornament. Hat pins come in all styles from the plain ones that are hidden within the fold of the hat material to the fancy ones that are prominently displayed. Wearing a hat pin is not as difficult as it sounds: one puts on their hat; drives the pin in slowly on the hat band, making sure to grab a lock of hair with the pin; then pushes the pin out through the other end. Some hats are designed in such a way that a handful of 'invisible' bobby pins do the job of securing hair, although hat pins add an extra decorative touch that should not be passed up.

Tie Pins

Men wear tie pins on the tie. Tie pins come in different styles, such as the tie bar, tie tack, and the tie stick pin. Those wearing tie pins should place them about two inches above their jacket's top button or at the centre of the tie's knot if wearing a sweater instead. People who wear tie pins should opt for traditional shirts, which enhance the tie pin setting; loud shirts or some modern hues swallow the pin.

Flower Pins

Flower pins are designed to add sparkle to an outfit and come in whimsical shapes and bright colours, for example, enamel flower pins or pins made from semiprecious stones like rhinestones. Depending on a person's creativity, the placements of the pins can be unconventional and eye-catching. Think pins as scarf holders, on necklaces, belt loops, and the cuffs of turn-up jeans, or brightening up hats,, bags, and even shoes: the options are many.

Important Features to Consider When Wearing Pins

While pins are not big in size, they can cause some damage to clothes if worn without care, mostly when they are heavy or worn for a long time. It is frustrating and disappointing to remove a pin from an expensive cloth fabric to find a hole. Factors to consider when wearing pins include the weight and diameter of the pin and the density of the fabric. If a person wears a heavy pin or one with a stick that is much larger than the fabric's weave, gravity pulls the pin down, causing holes on the fabric if the fabric does not have a weave dense enough to hold the pin securely.

Good strong pin clasps secure the fabric, while a loose one moves around, often making holes in the fabric. Those wearing a pin should remove it at the end of the day and not leave it in the fabric, even if the same clothing item is worn repeatedly. To remedy holes, one can run a fabric glue stick on the fabric's wrong side at the point where the pin pierced it to seal the hole and prevent further fraying.

How to Buy Pins on eBay

eBay has thousands of lapel, collar, tie, hat, and flower pins that people may wish to wear for many reasons and on many occasions, and a quick keyword search can turn up unexpected designs and styles through which you can browse at leisure. Besides filtering results using price, location, type of pin, and top sellers, you can save any items you like by clicking 'add to my favourites' on the listing pages of the items. This collates all your favourite items in one place so you can ignore the rest and focus on your choices. When looking through listings, check the photos of the pin's clasp for damage like broken joints or looseness and ask questions of the seller if you have any doubts.

Read through the seller's feedback, because it is a reflection of their reputation on eBay; also, remember to leave your feedback on the whole buying experience for others, including how fast the seller dispatched the item and whether it matched the description in the listing.


When worn appropriately according to the time, place, and event, pins are charming little adornments; when worn incorrectly, they detract from the whole look, painting it garish. Under no circumstances should one wear a pin upside down or askew or on the wrong side of the coat; certainly wearing a pin with an inappropriate message is in very bad taste. By learning the correct way of wearing pins, people can avoid such a faux pas.

The different types of pins are tie, collar, lapel, hat, and flower pins and they are available in different styles, logos, and designs; some are even customised for a specific occasion or cause, such as the Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon pins. These styles and more are available on eBay.. As the longer the pin stays on the clothing, the higher the likelihood that a permanent hole can form, whatever fine pin one decides on for their event, it is a good idea to remove it as soon as it is convenient.

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