How To Perfectly Match A Tie With Any Dress Shirt Pop quiz, gentlemen. Which of this necktie is going to work best with this dress shirt? What do you think? The solid? Maybe the dot? Maybe this casual necktie right over here? The answer is that all of them can actually match this dress shirt, but only a few of them are going to work really well. The goal of today’s post, give you the information to perfectly match your necktie to your dress shirt every time. Today’s post, guys, I’m breaking it into two parts. First off, I’ll talk about neckties; the rules the different types, talk about dress shirts the rules the different types, then how to match them and everything that goes with that. After that, I’m going to give you examples. So, we’re going to have examples of a dress shirt, we’re going to talk about two neckties that would look great with it. One necktie that probably doesn’t work too well with that particular style and why. Are you ready? So, before we can match neckties and shirts, you have to understand the basics of neckties and understand that some neckties are going to be more formal other neckties are going to be more casual. Now, is this arbitrary how does it happen? Guys, a few key indicators.
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Number one, color. So, if it’s going to be a solid color and a dark color, that’s going to be more formal. Lighter colors and especially colors that start to bring in patterns, all of a sudden that becomes less formal. Now, what do we notice over here? I mean, this is solid, but why is it over here on the more casual side? Because of the textured weave. So, weave is very important as well. You’re going to see something that’s woven from a wool and has just a very rough texture to other ones that have more of a they’re just basically called woven ties because you can actually see the heavier weave. This is all going to be more casual. Now, you may notice the styles of the neckties. So, skinny ties, ties with square bottoms, those are also going to be more casual. Now, coming back over here to the formal side, you’re going to see ties made from silk, made from synthetic materials that have a sheen to them are going to be more formal. Now, let’s talk about patterns. So, what you’ll notice about patterns is it they go almost all the way across, but there are some key indicators and some patterns are going to be more formal than others.
Most formal patterns are going to be small repeating patterns. This you’ll see in ties that you can actually wear in a business environment. Small dots, even though they are small repeating pattern, they’re going to be a little bit more casual and so you got to be careful about wearing these in a business environment, but if the colors are muted you can still pull it off. Now, patterns when you see a little bit of a crest, this can be actually, you know, kind of middle-of-the-road it becomes more casual though if you bring in a bit of humor if it uses a really bright color or if it’s something that maybe has a hidden meaning, then, yeah, it’s going to be a little bit more casual. Stripes. Stripes have a long history in neckties. They actually used to symbolize what military units, what clubs, what schools you went to. Nowadays, that’s not very common, but still they have a place in the business department. This one though because of the lighter color of the necktie, I pushed it down a bit. Patterns over here that are going to be a bit larger going across also in my opinion make the necktie a bit more casual. So, I started this off talking about how this solid dark colored necktie was the most formal, but I didn’t get too much into color and what’s fun about menswear is neckties are one of the few places where you can bring in a bright strong color and it’s perfectly fine for a business or formal event. Right here, we’ve got this bright strong red with a small repeating pattern.
You can wear this into a business meeting. This would be considered a power tie. This one right over here a beautiful royal purple with a nice crust on it, you could actually wear this into a business meeting. Over here, even this, you know, we’ve got a yellow dot, but it’s pretty muted, I think you could still pull this off in a business meeting. Over here this is going to start to get a little bit too casual and that now takes me to understanding dress shirts and how to match these neckties to the dress shirts. So, throughout this post, guys, I’ve shown you some amazing looking neckties, I’m about to bring in some great-looking dress shirts. All of this can be found over at the Tie Bar. The Tie Bar is the paid sponsor of today’s post. And for years, you guys have asked me, Carl, what do you think about the Tie Bar? Do you think their stuff is good? Their prices are amazing, should I buy? And my answer is, yes, guys. The Tie Bar is the real deal. I’m linking to them down in the description, guys. Go check them out and go check out their new dress shirts.
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And, go check out the neckties. These neckties right over here you can find at the Tie Bar. They are a great price. Again, guys, I’m linking to them down in the description. Go check them out. Now, gents, let’s talk about the formality of shirts and how to match them perfectly with neckties. So, shirt formality goes a number of things. First off, the color, white is the most formal of all shirt colors. When it comes to dress shirts, a white dress shirt is going to be more formal than a light blue dress shirt or dark blue dress shirt, a black dress shirt, a red, definitely a red dress shirt. When you go with a darker color, understand that’s a casual shirt, but when it comes down to it this right here is going to be the most formal of all the colors. So, it’s going to work best with the more formal neckties. You see how this works? Another thing you need to look at in the dress shirt.
What about the style? Now, notice this right here, did anyone pick up on that? You’ve got French cuffs. You’ve got the fold-over cuff which is going to be the most formal of all the cuffs. Therefore, this dress shrit just is not going to work very well with these neckties. Another thing to look at and I’m not going to get into too deep is going to be actually the spread of the collar. If it’s a spread or a point collar, that’s going to be something usually more formal. If it’s a wide spread, that’s going to be more casual. If sometimes you’re going to see a very close point, that actually is going to be more casual as well, but still made to be worn with the necktie. So, the next shirt I have here this one’s going to be much more casual. Notice that it’s got a small repeating pattern in there. It looks maybe solid from a distance, but when you get up close you’re going to see that pattern. Now, because there’s a pattern because the shirt overall looks darker, where do you think it’s going to fit in terms of the neckties? Right here in the center, right? You could actually pull it off with one of the more casual neckties. I think it would actually look pretty good with this one.
Over here, no, I think they’re just going to be a little bit too formal. Now, understand that if you had a button-down collar, you definitely which is going to be a much more casual, you want to go down this range over here. But, it’s those details, again, when you’re matching that shirt to the tie, you want to pay attention to all those things; the formality, the colors. All right, gents, now time for the examples. Are you ready? Let’s get into it. First stop, we’ve got the chambray shirt. So, it’s the refined cousin of denim. What are you going to want to wear with this? A solid knit tie, that going to work perfectly with this. You want to go with something with a bulky texture, it’s going to complement the rougher look of the chambray. Now, you could also wear a patterned wool tie. Now, the combination of the subtle texture and the patterns, it’s going to stand out and it’s going to work really well together. What not to wear? Guys, silk ties, any solid color, really formal tie, a tie that has a high sheen to it, you’re going to want to probably not wear with this casual shirt.
Example number two, the casual check. Now, the casual check is formal enough for the office, but it’s also relaxed enough for smart casual. It’s arguably one of the most versatile shirts that you’re going to see out there. Certain ties are going to go better than others. So, first off, do wear a solid tie of any material the pattern of the shirt is subtle, but going with a solid color tie is going to help basically to bring it back to basics. It’s actually going to raise the formality of it just a bit. It’s just a great look that I highly recommend. Next stop, do wear our regimental or a university stripe tie. Now, these ties have bold but consistent patterns and they look great against smaller patterns. Do not wear foulards, club ties, or other small repeating pattern ties. See, the deal is is that this shirt already has small repeating patterns, so to repeat that is to have the patterns in excess. Instead, go for something like the solid tie.
Example number three, the classic striped dress shirt. The classic striped dress shirt works great in a casual or a business environment. It can be dressed up, it can be dressed down. So, what type of necktie do you want to wear with this? Well, it actually depends on the size of the stripes. And that’s the key is you want to make sure that any type of pattern or any type of striped tie that you’re going to wear with this that it doesn’t mimic the stripes in the actual shirt. So, a safe bet right there is going to be able go with a solid necktie, a solid in almost any color. You can also bring in small repeating patterns like a foulard or it may be a little diamond. Any small repeating pattern, this is going to be very different from what we’re actually going to see in the shirt. You can also bring in florals, you can bring in a wide variety of different check patterns on neckties, you can even bring in dots. The key here is that the shirt already has a pattern, so any pattern that we want to bring into the necktie should be different should be of a different size and make sure that the color complements the color of the stripe. Makes sense? All right, gents, so armed with this information, you should be able to perfectly match any necktie out there with any shirt and look sharp. And that’s the goal, you want to go out there you want to be able to put this together because like I talked about the beginning this shirt right here I could match with any of these, but it’s only going to look amazing with a few.
Now, I didn’t get into this, but make sure to start simple, then work and get to more complex. You want to practice putting these together. It is a bit of an art, it’s not an exact science because your own colors and complexion, your hair color basically what you like what you feel confident wearing, that is also going to play. And let’s have some fun. So, the Tie Bar sent me some cool accessories. I’ve got some extra ones, tie bars. I’ve also got some extra neckties, I have some extra shirts. Go check out the Tie Bar. Let me know the shirt and tie combination that you would put together. We’re going to go down and check out all the comments here on my blog, we’re going to select a few of you guys send out some cool gifts, but you have to be specific. Go check out the Tie Bar. I’m going to link to them down in the description.
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