Learning to match your shirts and ties together so they work well may be an art, but it's definitely one you can master.
The first rule to picking a tie is knowing your dress shirt. What type of dress shirt is it – solid or patterned? Dark coloured or light? Once you’ve determined your shirt, there are some simple guidelines to picking the perfect tie.
THE RIGHT TIE FOR A SOLID DRESS SHIRT
When wearing a solid coloured dress shirt, you can choose to wear either a patterned or a solid tie.
Solid Coloured Ties
You can choose to either use complementary colours or analogous colours. For example, if you wear a light coloured shirt, choose a complementary bold dark colour to stand out. You can also choose a tie from the same group of colours as your shirt but a much darker shade. Likewise, if you’re wearing a dark shirt, you can choose a light coloured complementary or analogous coloured tie.
If you wish to don a patterned tie with your solid coloured shirt, the easiest way to not run afoul of fashion is to ensure one of the colours in your patterned tie match the solid shirt or at the very least, is from the same colour family.
THE RIGHT TIE FOR A PATTERNED DRESS SHIRT
A patterned dress shirt is a little trickier to match. However if you follow these basic rules, you be done in no time!
First Rule of thumb
You need to match the solid colour of your tie to one of the colours in your patterned shirt (or at least be in the same colour family).
There’s no right or wrong, just stay away from looking like an optical illusion by following the basic rules as mentioned above.
Second Rule of Thumb
Pick the right scale. Your collar and tie should be in proportion with each other. Also remember to pair large patterns with smaller ones. You want your patterns to visually complement each other.
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Of course, tie patterns are not just limited to dots and stripes. Add some fun to your formal work shirts with some cool graphics. It’s not all about the rules sometimes!
There you have it! You can now breathe easy the next time you need to put on a tie with your dress shirt. Shop your ties here right now!
Authors: Hucklebury; Melanie Pinola
Sources: Adapted from artofstyle.hucklebury.com ; lifehacker.com