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Color on Color: The Tie and Shirt edition

Color on Color: The Tie and Shirt edition


Color on Color Shirt and Tie

Most men tend to stray away from wearing the same color tie with a matching color shirt because they do not want their shirt and tie to look like one piece of clothing. Pairing similar colors in ties and shirts can be simple and add some depth to an other wise “safe” look. The key to making the double color work is mixing patterns with the shirt and tie.

Tie by Christian Dior. Shirt by Alfani

My personal rule of thumb is that when you wear a checked shirt a solid, pindot or polka dot offers the perfect contrast and makes the outfit standout. The same notion can be applied to striped shirts as well. You may be asking yourself, “what if I want to wear a stripe on stripe combo, what do I do?”. When pulling together a striped tie on striped shirt you will want to consider a few variables;

  • The width of the stripes on the shirt and the tie should be different sizes, preferable large stripes on the tie than the shirt.
  • Complimenting the shirt to tie may be a better choice than completely matching the colors.
  • Changing up your tie fabric from the traditional silk to something like a wool or cashmere to give you outfit some zing that sometimes get lost with in the silks (knits are also a great tie to pull into your wardrobe).
  • Don’t be afraid to mix multiple patterns as long as you pay attention to details like their relation in size and color to one another.

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