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How to Match Your Shirt & Tie to be Best Dressed at Work

Be it a woman, your male colleagues, your client or your boss, the shirt and tie combo is a modern staple of class. If you mess it up, first impressions aren’t going to be your friend.

I understand how difficult is it to find the perfect tie for your shirt every day. It probably required more effort and hunting in several stores than the dilemma a woman goes through while matching her shoes with a dress (arguably, anyways!) So let’s make it a bit easier.

Just imagine walking towards your wardrobe and knowing exactly which shirt and tie you need rather than playing a guessing game each morning. Trust me, it’s easier than you think and three simple combo rules will dapper you up perfectly – and your workmates will be coming to you for style tips – yep’ll you could well be that guy.

#1 Solid on Solid

Before you start experimenting with the patterns, learn to rock the classic look of keeping both your shirt and tie solid. You can’t go wrong with the staples.

Try contrast colour combinations. There’s a good chance you’re probably already wearing this combination. Just match up a white or simple coloured shirt with a solid tie of pretty much any colour – don’t got too crazy though.

Try corresponding colour combinations. This combination is certain to make you look your sophisticated best. Are you wearing a sold light pink shirt? Team it up with maroon, red or purple tie.

#2 Pattern on Solid or Solid on Pattern

Going solid on pattern is probably the easiest combination to figure when you want to wear patterns. Just match the colour of the solid tie you are wearing to one of the colours in your patterned shirt. For example, if you are wearing a white shirt with blue checks on it, wear a blue solid tie.

The opposite, patterned on solid combination works majorly on the same principle. Simply pick up a tie in which the pattern colours are matching the solid colour of your shirt.

#3 Pattern on Pattern

As scary as it sounds to most of you out there, mixing a pattern shirt with patterned tie is not really that difficult. Just follow two rules to avoid that fashion disaster you’ve been having nightmares about.

Varied Pattern Type. Avoid wearing a shirt and tie that has similar patterns. If you are wearing a striped shirt, do not match with a striped tie. It’s as simple as that.

Varied Pattern Scale/Size. To avoid that busy look on your attire, ensure that the pattern on your tie is bolder and larger than that on your shirt. For instance, you can wear a big checked tie pattern with smaller and lighter patterned shirt. Loud on tie, quiet on shirt.

Just remember these three combination tips and you’ll never go wrong matching up your more formal clothing. No matter which combination you choose, keep one of the three items (shirt, tie and suit for that matter) solid. And yes! It is a mandatory rule to follow. The world is yours, gents.

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