To Tie a Tie
Four in Hand
To Tie a Tie
To Match a Tie
To Buy Ties
To Make A Dimple
To Make A Tie Stay
For an Interview
To Match A Tie
Coordinate your ties
with your dress shirts
a tie to a suit or shirt sometimes is just pure fun, but sometimes,
you just wish you had never bought that suit, or shirt.
Here, we will go through some of the basics that will inevitably help
you coordinate your wardrobe for a long time to come.
A shirt is like a canvas. If you really want to
show off your necktie - put it on a clean white shirt, and watch
the reaction you get. Any color tie goes with a white shirt.
If you are ever in doubt, wear a white shirt.
Solid or single color shirts such as pale blue, pale yellow, pale tan,
and the rest of the color spectrum requires a little thought.
First, you can match the same color shirt and tie, this has been done
for decades and it is still a valuable option. However, what if
you don't want to match, well the easiest thing to do is COORDINATE.
Coordinating doesn't really take a lot of mastery, it simply means
matching two different colors that go well together.
A pale blue shirt with a yellow, red, burgundy, gold or navy tie.
pink shirt with a navy blue or burgundy tie.
tan shirt with a brown (or any shade of brown) tie.
A French blue
shirt with a yellow, bright red, deep burgundy or gold tie.
Looking for a bit of challenge? Try a striped shirt.
Is a striped shirt hard to match? - No
Lets look at some quick examples:
First, look at the shirt from a distance and decide on what color you
primarily see. Based on this color, add a coordinating color
tie. However, be careful, the best coordinated look for a
striped shirt needs to be in the pattern AND color. For example,
if you see mostly navy blue stripes, add a yellow tie with a box
pattern or a pin dot or polka dot patter. Today, you can even
add a beautiful paisley pattern.
What did we just do? - Well, we took the stripes and set them off with
boxes, paisley or dots. By doing this, we broke up the stripes
on the shirt and introduced a breaking point which is a dissimilar
If you want you can even use diagonal stripes, just make sure that the
stripes of the shirt and the stripes of the tie are two different
sizes. Generally by two different sizes we mean at least a 2:1
ratio. If the stripes on the shirt are 1/4 inches, go with a tie
that has stripes at least 1/2 inch. This will help the tie stand
out rather than become a blur with the shirt.
Coordinating a tie to a checkered shirt is the same as coordinating a
necktie to a striped shirt. The same rules apply, but in
reverse. First, take a look at the shirt and decide on what the
pronounced color is, then coordinate a matching color for the tie.
Make sure the tie has in this case, diagonal stripes.
This will make the checkered shirt look wonderful. Additionally,
you can still use a pattern of boxes or dots on the tie, but again,
make sure that the boxes or dots are larger than the check pattern.
to Match A Tie To Suit
a tie to a suit is very much like coordinating a tie to a shirt.
There are 2 elements to consider. You need to consider first
coordinating a color that goes with the suit, and then once you have
decided on the color, look at the pattern.
Again the same rules apply. If the suit is one solid color, the
job is easy. Put any solid color tie, or any color that
coordinates well with any pattern that you like.
If the suit has chalk stripes - you know those faint thin stripes,
then you can simply just follow the same rules as if the suit were a
If the stripes are very pronounced, wear any color tie that
coordinates well with any pattern tie - except for stripes.
to Bring It All Together
haven't noticed, we have used the words match and coordinated very
Matching means the same, whereas coordinating means
Therefore, when bringing it all together, try not to overdo the
patterns. A striped, checked or hound's-tooth suit requires a
solid colored shirt and a patterned tie. For a solid color suit
you can add a patterned shirt with a patterned tie, as long as the
See... It wasn't that hard after all!