The perfect tie for your shirt? How choose the right one
To choose the right tie to a particular suit and especially to a special shirt is not always easy. It requires a sense of style coupled with a little experience to create a truly outstanding outfit. Particularly daring combinations are usually better left to the experts. But there are a few basic rules that can help you to be always impeccably dressed. Read on to discover the secrets of a perfect look!
Many men have a big repertoire of jokes about the shoe or handbag collection of their wives, girlfriends and sisters but when it comes to special occasions they have got to admit that they always have the right accessory at hand. Men instead often struggle when they have to choose an outfit for a celebration or event. In those moments they find out quickly that with only one ore two alternatives in the wardrobe it is difficult to dress to impress! This is especially the case with ties. If you always opt for the same classic standard model, when a birthday or a wedding comes up, you may not do anything wrong but you certainly won’t knock anyones socks off. Therefore, it is definitely worth it having some more variety at hand.
When it then comes to combining your outfit with the right accessories there are some basic rules that help you to create the perfect look:
- With a white shirt you can wear virtually any tie, except for white ones and ties in very light colours.
- With a light shirt it is recommended to wear a dark tie and vice versa. In that way you can create beautiful colour contrasts. In individual cases, however, a dark shirt can also look very good with a dark tie. If you are not sure, get professional advise on this combination.
- Regardless of the colour of the shirt: If you decide to wear an eye-catching tie with a pattern like paisley, dots or geometric patterns, remember: the smaller the pattern, the more formal and elegant the tie.
- Avoid combining too many patterns. Polka dot ties on striped shirts, or a striped shirt and a tie with stripes that run in the opposite direction can look very quickly cluttered.
Although they are ideal with both white and black shirts and always a classic and elegant accessory, red ties should be worn with a bit of caution: The colour is still considered a “colour of power” and is, for example at work, traditionally reserved for the executives.
- If you like to wear bow ties, it is best to opt for a plain shirt in white.
- If the tie has more than one colour, it is usually recommended (though not required) that at least one of the colours is picked up in the shirt again. The same is true in the reverse case, i.e., to a patterned shirt it is recommended to choose a unicolor tie in one of the colours of the shirt.
Last, but not least: Always choose the tie to the shirt, not the other way around. This makes the selection much easier as there is in general a bigger choice of ties than of shirts.
With these tips, also you can dress like a true fashion expert for the next event!