Via realmenrealstyle.com – Why are they staring? Is there food on your shirt?! No. There’s a CLASHING TIE on your shirt. When you don’t know what you’re doing, matching shirts and ties can be a bewildering stab in the dark. When you DO know what you’re doing, it becomes an enjoyable game.
Complementary colors are colors that sit directly across from one another on the color wheel. The most common version of this in the shirt-and-tie world is a blue shirt with an orange tie. Remember the colors probably won’t be as bright as you see here!
Triad colors are three colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. For instance, blue, yellow, and red or pink are often used together in shirt and tie combos. A blue and yellow tie looks good on a pink shirt, while a red and yellow tie works on a blue shirt.
Analogous colors are colors that border each other on the color wheel. You’ve probably seen me pulling off analogous colors – I have a blue-green tie that I pair with a lot of blues in my videos.
Of course, you don’t have to follow the color wheel exactly – just use it as a guide, and you won’t go far wrong.
#1. Patterns Should Contrast
That means they should be different sizes, not necessarily different shapes. You can pull off a tie with wide stripes on a shirt with narrow stripes, but you can’t pull off a tie with dots the same size as the stripes.
#2. Smallest Patterns Inside, Biggest Patterns Outside
The smallest patterns should be next to your skin, with the bolder patterns on your outer layers of clothing. Think about it – how often do you see someone with a wide-striped shirt and a narrow-striped tie?
There ARE exceptions (pindot ties, which have a tiny pattern, tend to go with more than you’d think) but it’s a good general rule. To remember it, imagine you’re defending a fortress – you put your biggest, boldest warriors on the outside, and the smaller ones on the inside.
We’ll assume you already own enough basic white dress shirts… let’s broaden the scope.