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Picking the Right Tie

December 30th, 2012 Seasonal

Have you ever found yourself standing in front of the mirror, desperately trying to choose between three or four different ties? It can be difficult to know which colors and patterns go well with your shirt, especially if you don't wear suits very frequently. However, there are a few fundamentals that you can incorporate into your fashion knowledge which will help make the decision much easier.

1. Check the color wheel. As with many decisions regarding dress, if you look at the color wheel, you'll have a much easier time with things. Pick a tie with a dominant color that is opposite your shirt on the wheel. For instance, deep blue and slightly pale orange pair together quite nicely.

2. Don't let them fight for attention. If you have a loud shirt and a loud tie vying for attention, your ensemble could use a little work. The key is to have one complement the other without making any moves to overpower it. On the other end of the spectrum, it's possible to play it too safe and wind up with a dreary shirt/tie combination that does nothing to complement you.

3. Match patterns. Make sure you properly match patterns. For instance, a large checkered tie and a small checkered shirt work well together - they aren't competing for attention because the pattern is the same, and they can complement each other without issue.

4. Old standbys. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a few classic combinations – a yellow tie and blue shirt work quite nicely together, as does a wide-striped tie with a thin-striped shirt. A white shirt and a black suit will go with just about anything. Stick with these if you're unsure of what to do and branch out until you feel more comfortable with pairing shirts and ties together.