When it comes to fashion, most men are creatures of ease and routine. We all know of the 5-shirt rotation for the work week, dropped off to the dry cleaners on Friday and picked up on Monday, and then paired with a tie chosen from a drawer-ful selection from one’s desk. It’s an efficient approach that takes the guesswork out of dressing, except when it comes to finding the right tie to match with your shirt. But there are some easy tips to follow to help ease this workwear conundrum. Read on for our fool-proof guide to shirt and tie pairings.
Solid Shirt & Solid Tie:
The most basic pairing, but play with textures to add a bit of interest, like a knitted tie. Invest in a high-quality shirt and tie as plainer fabrics show poor fabrication and manufacturing more so than print.
Small Pattern Shirt & Solid Tie, and vice versa:
You can’t go wrong with matching a solid and a print but as a general rule, make sure your ties are darker than your shirts, and stick with similar or contrasting colours in different shades and tones.
Small Pattern Shirt & Large Pattern Tie:
Mixing patterns can be tricky but it adds an interesting detail to your look. If you are unsure, opt for a thin-striped shirt which can be as easily paired as a solid one.