Six Rules for Matching Shirts and Ties

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( — March 16, 2017) — When it comes to matching shirts and ties, there are many different factors to consider. Before you start matching your shirt and tie, you need to understand colors. Using complementary colors is an artform that most people miss out on. If you want to be fashionable, you need to understand which colors compliment each other. Study this color chart before picking your outfit:

1. Complimentary Colors

When matching different colored shirt and ties, you want to start with a primary colored shirt, and match it with a complimentary colored tie. This will help you get noticed while not looking over the top and obnoxious.

2. Patterns

When matching patterned shirts, keeping color theory in mind remains important, but there are other rules to consider. Make sure you are not wearing two strong attention grabbing patterns or colors that contrast too much, as the patterns will already be taking up a lot of the attention.

3. The Classic White and Black

Black and white is a timeless combo that you can never go wrong with. A narrow black tie looks the best, and has a nice, slimming effect.

4. Solid Colors

Patterns can sometimes be too flashy. When you are looking to be professional and not stand out like a sore thumb, wear solid colors. Keep your primary and complementary color rules in mind in order to really pull off this look.

5. Stripes

Striped shirts are very slimming and sharp, and contrary to popular belief, you CAN wear a striped tie with a striped shirt. It is important that if you choose to wear narrow stripes on your shirt, that you wear large stripes on your tie, and vice versa.

6. Checkered Shirt

Checkered pattern rules are very different from striped shirt rules, although you may assume differently. When wearing checkered shirts, you always want to wear larger patterns on your tie to make sure the tie does not get lost.

( — March 15, 2017) —