We all have those days. You spend about 20 minutes trying to match your shirt and tie, and after multiple outfit changes, you may as well walk out the door with your socks on your head and your trousers on back to front, because your outfit is just not on point.
Check out a few of our basic tips that you can apply on a day-to-day basis, and you will have one less thing to worry about in the mornings.
<h2>First things first when matching your shirt and tie</h2>
Always match your tie to your shirt, not the other way around. Your shirt will probably cost more, so invest the time selecting the right shirts, then search for a sublime match with your tie. It’s true that your ties will probably last longer than your shirts as they aren’t getting the same daily wear and tear (barring the occasional food spill). Check out our range of ties here.
The colour wheel
A solid tie on a solid shirt is probably the easiest combination when matching a shirt and tie. If possible, try to keep the colours within the same family. i.e. pinks and purples, dark blue and light blue, blues and greens or oranges and yellows. If not, you should use completely contrasting colours like a warm and a cool colour. For example, blue and red, orange and blue, and yellow and purple. Your tie should always be darker than your shirt, except perhaps when you’re wearing a black shirt.
Tip: Even though they are complimentary, don’t wear solid reds and greens together unless you want to look like Santa Claus.
Make sure that you pair large patterns with small patterns. If you use two large patterns, you might start to see people going cross-eyed, seeing optical illusions in your outfits. This is because two large patterns can be too intense. It’s great to clash patterns together (if you’re feeling extra clever) however the rule of thumb is to make sure one of them is a small pattern, like a small fine check or gingham with a large bold stripe.
For stripes, follow the same colour rules as above. Stripes can mix with other stripes, as long as they aren’t the same size. The stripes should also face opposite ways i.e. a diagonal stripe with a vertical stripe. As long as there is still a clear contrast between the two pieces. Polka dots (like this one), paisley and other geometric designs work well with stripes.
Try to stick to fabrics like silk and cashmere, linen and cotton, or wool blends. Woven and wool ties can be great for winter. Knitted ties can keep an outfit more casual and are generally best for daywear only. For night, silk ties are a must. Slim ties work well, and/or ties with a subtle sheen like this one.
Lastly, remember not to get all tied up in the details. Have fun with matching your ties and shirts and if in doubt, do it the night before in good lighting, to make sure that you’re getting those winning combinations.
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