Top Tips for Matching Shirts and Ties

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There’s a big difference between looking nice and being the most intelligent person on the block. Looking good in highly competitive fields like finance, politics, and real estate doesn’t work. But how can you do the second? 

It’s as easy as tweaking your tie choices to simultaneously showcase your individuality and your taste for fashion. To stand out from the ocean of navy-blue blazers and brown dress shoes, it is essential to adhere to the matching rules, and yes, there are rules for matching ties and dress shirts.

Do not wear: Plaid Tie with Gingham Shirt

Visually, there are plenty of lines. The eye is trying to make sense of the lines’ direction, color, size, and spacing. The best option for this tie would be a white, crisp dress shirt.

You should still mix patterns with patterns from other designers. The way you choose should stand out instead of being in a clash. For example, the gingham shirt is a great choice to wear with a striped tie. 

Although the check-on check pattern can be a complete disaster, the big stripes offer a nice visual contrast to the gingham check pattern. This can be a challenging procedure to master initially, so if you’re new to matching shirts and ties, choose the solid or herringbone shirt when wearing a patterned tie.

Do Not Wear: Floral Tie with Floral Shirt

Similar to gingham with plaid or plaid and plaid (at this point, there’s no chance), wearing florals with florals can only increase the chances of making yourself look embarrassing. In terms of visuals, it could be more straining for your eyes than the previous example due to how much surface area the print covers. It isn’t easy to comprehend the image mentally unless, of course, you’re the Hummingbird.

We love, for instance, the blue floral tie by Barrywang Ties. However, it appears far better when worn with a solid dress shirt rather than another floral pattern. This is an essential fashion principle and makes it even more disturbing to see florals on florals on the streets. A better option for this floral tie is solid shirts that are white, light blue, and light yellow.

Do Not Wear: Similar-Sized Prints and Patterns

This rule could be more obscure than the two previous ones. It is not advisable to combine polka dots with other Polka dots. What about a smaller print of paisley? If you’re looking to manage patterns, it is best to stay clear of photos with similar sizes. 

As we mentioned earlier, it is crucial to contrast when matching two ways. This holds all over the board for medium, minor, or large prints. Take note of the area used, and remember that contrast always wins.

From afar, this tiny print of paisleys looks like polka dots, making you look like you are walking on graph paper once you put on a polka-dot tie. A better and more straightforward option would be the same tie in blue with the same print but without it or a shirt sporting an enormous (but subtle) grid design.

Always: A Solid Tie Gingham Shirt

“Safe. Stylish. Versatile,” Shugar notes. We all know that successful tie and shirt combos include contrast. The bustle of gingham prints is balanced by the lack of a tie that is solid. Based on this, choices start to pop up.

The two tie styles fit well with this blue gingham t-shirt. A solid orange tie draws inspiration from a fictitious style icon and is excellent with a medium men’s purple vest, grey, or tan. You can wear this tie in dark violet when you wear darker outfits such as navy blue or charcoal.