Pulling together the perfect shirt and tie combination is a feat many men struggle to accomplish. Even the most stylish of men can be stumped when working out which patterns and colours complement each other. From wondering whether to play it safe with a block colour, being a bit more daring by experimenting with pattern or even colour clashing – it’s a hassle a lot of men face on a daily basis.
But don’t worry, with our how to guide below, you’ll be looking dapper in no time.
The correct shirt and tie combination relies heavily on the occasion. With many men required to wear a shirt and tie to work each day, the work wardrobe is a good place to start. It’s easy to opt for boring combinations when you’re wearing the same thing everyday, but by following these simple rules – you can break the habit, and have 9-5 attire nailed.
With a plain shirt, it’s important to choose a white or a crisp sky blue shirt. These blank canvases open doors for many different types of ties, from floral ties, spotty, striped or even checked. The classic white shirt gives you the ultimate green light for being able to get away with maximum tie creativity, so go wild!
If you’re a striped shirt fan, it pays to be a little more careful. Opt for thin stripes which look a little more subtle and a patterned tie if the colours complement your tailoring, like this brown suit and burgundy tie combination. If you prefer to play it safe, choose a block colour tie from the same palette as this always looks smart – perfect for the office.
Generally speaking, contrasting tie and shirt colour combos look better for events. A pale pink Oxford shirt and dark blue tie is a winning combination for formal events like dinner parties or a day at the races. Paired together this is a fail safe way to look slick and super stylish.
Whether you opt for patterned, striped or block colour, any style of navy tie works well with pale pinks and really illustrates your sartorial skills. For those who are reluctant to wear a pink shirt, white and navy also works well, as does a gold coloured tie and white shirt with a grey jacket, for something more alternative.
If you’re a suave gentleman who likes to live on the edge, be daring with a colour clash. It can be risky, but a red tie and pale blue shirt can look really smart when paired with the right suit jacket.
If you’re particularly fond of a striped shirt for occasion wear, choosing the right tie can be tricky. It’s fine to go for a striped tie too and can look really sleek if the stripes are a different width and come from a similar colour palette. This bold striped shirt looks great with the fuchsia patterned tie for a debonair look.
Block colour ties in a complementary hue are the safest choice, however there is the risk of looking a little too ‘worky’ outside of the office. Being daring with your tie can pay off as long as you do it right. Mix it up a little and go for a textured tie or something like this diamond pattern tie for extra style points.
Checked shirts have a reputation for being more casual than their striped counter parts. As a result, wider checks or lumberjack styles are often worn without ties.
Checks can work for formalwear though. A very fine print checked shirt can look perfect with a contrasting tie, if you get it right. This Prince of Wales check shirt and red spot tie looks both trendy and smart and could be worn as both work or occasion wear when teamed with a formal jacket.
As a general rule, stripes and checks don’t always go but if you have a tie with wider stripes in contrast to a fine checked shirt, this can look really stylish, especially when worn with confidence!
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