We recently asked our facebook fans to share their style dilemmas and promised to dedicate upcoming blog posts to discussing them. This, friends, is the first of those blog posts.
“I have a problem matching my ties with my shirts and pants . I would like to know how to color code my clothes properly.”
Let’s start with the basics.
A solid shirt is a tie’s best friend. A white shirt is a blank canvas. It can virtually go with any tie. But when worn every day, white can be boring. So opt for a solid pink or blue with a nice patterned tie. Let your shirt pull the highlights out of your tie. For example, if you’re wearing a chocolate brown tie with a thin horizontal pink stripe, wear a pale pink shirt to try and pull that detail out of the tie.
Think of your ties as a masterpiece and the shirt as a frame. By wearing a nice light colored solid shirt, and balancing it with a darker tie with a hint of your shirt color, your shirt makes your tie look fantastic.
Above all, remember the law of ratios. Majors and minors. A subtle-patterned shirt belongs with bolder tie. Your tie should break up the pattern rather than get lost in it. The opposite applies as well. With bold-patterned shirts (plaids, multiple checks, bold stripes, etc.) go with a quiet tie. Solid, twill, and knit ties are all strong options for pairing with a louder shirt.
The same thing goes with suits. Solid and subtle suits oblige you to turn things up with your tie, while more intricately patterns suits require a subtler tie.
Make a bold and clear statement; don’t dilute it with competing arguments.
Trust your instincts. If there is question in your mind as to whether an outfit is too loud, then it’s probably too loud. Your clothes should look like you intentionally selected each item and cared about every detail, but became an afterthought as soon as you walked through your front door.
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