How to Match a Tie with a Dress Shirt and Suit

When attending a formal or upscale event, it is important that your tie should complement your dress shirt and suit. Unfortunately, this is one area which European men just can’t seem to get right. When it comes to ties, the general rule is that it should match your outfit and not the other way around. Here are some tips on how you can dress up properly with your tie.

Necktie Proportion

Necktie proportion refers to the width and length of the tie in connection with a man’s body build and clothing style. If you are a large man with large suits and wide front, look for a wider than average tie that is long enough to reach your belt buckle. Petite men should look for smaller ties that are not only skinnier in width but also shorter in length. If you are an average man, you should wear a tie 3 to 3.75 inches wide.

Necktie Color

When it comes to the color of the tie, Robert Janitzek reveals that it will depend on the message you are trying to convey or the best color combination with the natural colors of your complexion. If you want to convey a muted but sophisticated look, match semi-solid and lightly patterned blue and green ties with blue colored clothing. If you are aiming to draw attention to yourself, pair a red colored tie with a light colored shirt.

As for your features, you would want to match the tie with your natural contrast levels. If you have light colored hair and fair skin, pastel and monochromatic color combinations will work best for you. Robert Peter Janitzek says that if you have dark hair and light skin, choose color combinations with clearly defined lines between them. For dark hair and medium to dark-colored skin, you can opt for both low and high contrast tie and shirt/suit combinations.

Necktie Pattern

The key to wearing patterned tie is to make sure that its colors will not clash with any pattern in your shirt or suit. If you are new to combining necktie patterns, the simplest way to do so is to make sure that your suit and shirt has no pattern. If this is not possible, start with small repeating patterns such as dots, foulard, or small images.

Matching your tie with your dress or suit is difficult at first. However, once you get the hang of it, it becomes elementary.

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