Learn How to Pair Shirts and Ties
There’s certainly no shortage of shirts and ties to choose from these days, so let’s start with some basics on how to put them together.
There are two main details you want to consider when matching shirts with ties: colour and scale of pattern.
Start by simply sticking to combinations of tones or colours that are pleasing to the eye. For example, most blue shirts go well with a red, yellow or green tie – something that really pops against a blue background. On the flipside, if you’re looking for a more understated look, a solid light blue shirt with a dark blue tie always looks smart.
Matching the scale of the patterns in your shirt and tie is where most guys get tripped up. If you’re starting with a strong striped or checked shirt, try pairing it with a plain, solid tie – something that doesn’t fight with the boldness of the shirt’s pattern. If you have a tie with a really tiny design, say a polka dot, you can probably get away with it as it’s still acting like a plain tie.
Another option if you’re wearing a more interestingly patterned shirt is to go with an equally strong pattern in your tie. Matching a bold check or stripe with an attention-grabbing paisley tie, for example. They complement each other because they’re both equally adventurous. Similarly, if you’re wearing a shirt with a really small check, you could pair it with a classic medallion-pattern tie for a sophisticated look that’s not too forward.
One thing you want to avoid is matching a striped shirt with a striped tie. Not that it can’t be done but, because stripes tend to dance in front of your eyes, it’s a harder look to pull off. If you want to wear a striped tie, go with a subtle check or solid shirt.
If you’re really stuck, try matching your shirt and tie by brand as like brands usually look good together, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Or consider an appointment with a Harry Rosen Clothing Advisor. We’d be happy to work out some killer combinations with you.
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