How to choose the perfect tie?

How to choose the perfect tie?
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Matching a tie, shirt and suit is not a secret art. It requires only a basic knowledge of proportion, pattern and color to create the perfect closet for the modern gentleman. Start with versatile shirts and suits, then add a wide range of elegant, timeless ties to enhance your styling

How to choose a tie color?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Consider which colors match your complexion. For a subdued yet sophisticated look, pair a blue-green tie with blue toned clothes. Or maybe you want to draw attention to yourself? If so, opt for a sharp contrast by wearing a bold red tie with a light shirt

Blondes with light skin should stick to pastel and monochromatic color combinations. On the other hand, men with dark hair and light complexion should look for contrasting solutions. Brunos with olive skin can play with fashion

Monochrome Colours

This is the easiest way to start experimenting with color. A monochromatic palette combines darker shades with lighter ones. For example, a navy blue tie goes perfectly with a light blue shirt, while a burgundy model goes perfectly with a light pink shirt. Using the mentioned rule, you will look elegant without necessarily going out of your comfort zone

How to match a tie to your height?

Generally speaking, if you’re under 185 cm tall, you can wear a regular tie and set it at the right length, just above your belt buckle. If you’re taller, reach for a very long model. Otherwise, you’ll ruin the whole outfit

What’s the occasion?

Remember to match your tie to the occasion. Do you want to wear it to work? Are you going to a wedding? Or are you getting ready for a date or a party? For casual occasions, look for something that adds a little spark to your outfit. Opt for fun stripes or polka dots. For more formal occasions such as a wedding, prom, banquet, or funeral, look for a traditional, elegant model. When it comes to color, black or graphite will work perfectly here. If you are going to a job interview or a business meeting, go for a herringbone pattern or a neutral material. This rule does not apply if you work in the creative industry. Look for a trendy, bright tie

Don’t introduce too many patterns

Colors are one thing and patterns are another. By introducing multiple shades into one tie, in the form of mottos, stripes, checks, or prints, you’re making things much harder on yourself. Of course, you can always get out of it. All it takes is a little bit of thought. But if you don’t have time for that, stick to two patterns. You can pair a patterned shirt with a suit or tie. However, don’t wear a shirt, suit and tie with three patterns, or you’ll achieve the opposite effect

If you want to play it safe, choose a simple, subtle pattern. Make sure it doesn’t clash with your shirt and suit. Have you decided on stripes? If so, don’t combine them with other prints

The right width

If you’re wearing a tailored suit, look for a narrower tie. Or maybe you want to wear a looser suit, with wide lapels or double-breasted? In that case, opt for a wider tie

Match the materials

The material of your suit determines what kind of tie you should wear. If you’re going to an important business meeting and wearing a black pinstripe suit, go for a silk tie

Going to a summer wedding? Want to wear a linen suit? Then opt for a cotton or knitted tie. This way you can show those around you that you know your fashion. There’s a simple rule here. The more casual your suit, the more freedom you have in choosing your tie. At the very top of the formality scale are shiny, silk suits. Remember to match them with a matte tie or a wool tie. Don’t get caught wearing a square knit tie if you’ve worn a smart suit. Conversely, keep silk striped accessories away from heavy wool winter suits.

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