Learn To Correctly Match Your Tie To Your Suits And Dress Shirts

Learn To Correctly Match Your Tie To Your Suits And Dress Shirts
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Nothing makes you look more snappy than a suit and tie, but you can’t just slap any combination of shirt and tie together. Weblog the Art of Manliness shows us some of the most common mistakes in suit-and-tie matching.

The biggest problem, they say, is that most men buy ties that don’t fit the clothes they already have:

Like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, [many men]will either frantically try to match garments together at the last moment or not care at all and reinforce the stereotype that men can’t dress themselves. In order to easily match your ties with your shirts and suits, you need to own neckwear that complements the more expensive clothing already in your closet.

Match your tie to your clothing, not your clothing to your tie.

The point is don’t buy a tie just because it looks great–-buy neckwear that is of the right proportion for your body and is of a colour and pattern that works well with your shirts and suits. You want your ties to match your clothing–not look good by themselves.

They’ve got a great walkthrough on how to correctly match tie proportions, patterns and colours to a myriad of dress shirts. Even if you consider yourself an expert on putting together perfect suit-tie-shirt combinations, you may learn something new. Hit the link to check it out, and remember: if your wardrobe’s feeling stale, there are lots of ways to switch up your suit-and-tie routine without spending a dime. Photo by Cris Rice.

How to Match a Tie with a Dress Shirt and Suit [The Art of Manliness]


  • Wow – there really is an all sides attack on the humble tie. Just finishing reading a thread on Whirlpool where the emotions are running high over the issue. Ties have their place – they are stylish and can look great. The good news is that in this day and age they are not a prerequisite for the majority of corporate workplaces. So everyone wins – where one if you like them, don’t worry about them if you don’t. I just don’t understand why it’s so contentious.

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