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Tie That Tie
April 27, 2017|CasualEleganceFashion TipsFormalLifestyle

Tie That Tie

Tie That Tie

A well-tied tie is the first serious

step in life

–  Oscar Wilde –


Looking into the history of the men’s necktie, prove that men enjoy the details of dressing fashionably just as much as women. The necktie serves no purpose today but to ornament a man and let him show off just a bit of his personal style. But for centuries it has been an essential piece of the wealthy and trendsetting man’s wardrobe.

When dressing in suit and tie, it is the necktie that will often add the dash of flavor to the overall outfit. While suits are typically gray, navy, or black and dress shirts either blue or white, it is a man’s neckwear that adds a strong accent with its color and pattern.

You may rock a shirt and tie every day, but odds are you’re doing it wrong. In this simple match-up lie many pitfalls. Do your colors clash? Is your fabric rubbing up the wrong way? Do your patterns look more like something from a student’s bedroom walls than a Pitti street style shot?

If you’re looking to impress this season, be it at a meeting or a family wedding, from bold prints to lightweight textures, matching (or intelligently contrasting) shirt and ties can make even staid outfits pop, whether you’re mixing prints or taking a more pared-back approach. Prepare to reassess your neckwear.

1st Tie Matching factor: Block Color Necktie

As it’s well known, you can’t go wrong with any tie on a white base, if you keep your base neutral, then you earn leeway to play with what’s around your neck. But that doesn’t mean you need to steer novelty. On a plain background, even subtle patterns will pop.

But once you add color, tonal dressing offers an easy win. A bright tie stands out too much; instead, the tie you choose should always be a couple of shades darker than the shirt. This draws the eye down your torso, lengthening your physique.

2nd Tie Matching factor: Pattern Necktie

Approach patterned shirt and tie combos with caution. With more in the mix, there’s the potential for shape and color clashes. Lighter shirts reduce your risk, therefore Combining patterns with more pared-back elements is key.

In the right hands, clashing elevates your look. To pair patterns without looking like a Magic Eye picture, you want to contrast design, but match color. That means fine patterns on your shirt, then a bigger pattern for your neckline, or vice versa.

At the end when matching color the first thing you should do is look at all garments together to make sure that the colors are in harmony; if you have doubts trust your first impressions and try something different. “Convincing yourself” something matches may enable you to wear it, but you’ll not wear the combination with confidence.  Trust first impressions – others you meet will.

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