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Checks & Balances: A Guide to Matching Ties with Gingham Shirts

By Jennifer Kim

As gingham season descends, office workers fall into two categories: a) those who know how to match their checked shirts with the appropriate tie, and b) utter doofuses who end up looking like Fonzworth Bentley. Remember, this is gingham, not Vietnam: There are rules.

Texture and Bold Colors

Checks & BalancesGingham-on-GinghamTexture and Bold ColorsBig StripesInside the BoxLots of Polka DotsFewer Polka DotsSolid—With a TwistYou Don’t Have to Be Bold ...... But You Can Be BoldGet Crazy With TextureIt’s O.K. to Match

Texture and Bold Colors

“If you have a bright, patterned shirt, a solid knit tie looks great,” Hilfiger says. “Colorful and contrasting combinations are best suited for fashion risk takers,” says Hoffs. Astor & Black shirt, $135; astorandblack.com. Brooks Brothers tie, $78.50.

Big Stripes

Checks & BalancesGingham-on-GinghamTexture and Bold ColorsBig StripesInside the BoxLots of Polka DotsFewer Polka DotsSolid—With a TwistYou Don’t Have to Be Bold ...... But You Can Be BoldGet Crazy With TextureIt’s O.K. to Match

Big Stripes

“Gingham reads solid from afar,” says Brooks Brothers men’s fashion director Glen Hoffs. “The smaller-scale the check, the more appropriate for formal occasions.” Jack Spade shirt, $165. Astor & Black tie, $85; astorandblack.com.

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