Archive for May 9th, 2012
Finding the right ties to complement your outfit isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s not even long division. Finding the right ties, for the most part, is a simple task. By taking a few minutes to examine the colors, patterns, and materials that make up your outfit, you’ll have no problem finding a matching tie. However, we know better than to leave you with that vague snippet of advice. So, here are a few tips to ensure you’re picking out the right ties.
Ties don’t just come in different colors. They come in different shapes and sizes as well. So, the first way you’ll want to narrow down your search is by selecting the right sized tie. If you’re wearing a skinny blazer that hugs your body you would opt for thinner ties to complement the suit. On the other hand, a shirt with a thick collar worn with a more standard sized suit calls for wider, larger ties. Either way, as long as you choose a high quality tie with thick material, you’ll be able to sport a great looking tie knot.
Set a color scheme
Your outfit should have a matching color scheme. The easiest way to do this is to lie out your clothes before you put them on. Lay the shirt next to the suit jacket and pants. Then, try to match different colored ties to the shirt. If you’re ever unsure, navy blue and red ties are going to match nearly any combination of neutral clothes (grays, whites and light blues). This process will make finding the right shirt and tie styles combo a much easier task.
Patterns can be a bit trickier, but they can enhance an outfit tenfold. Naturally, you don’t want to drape yourself in loud, distracting ties. However, a subtle pattern can be the perfect amount of spice your outfit is looking for. Try to avoid matching bright color shirts with bright color ties. Also, be careful with wearing striped shirts with striped ties.
A dilemma for many men, aside from choosing which clothes to wear, are which colours go together and compliment each other and more importantly, which colour combinations to avoid.
Unless you want to spend the rest of your life wearing monochromes, you will need to consider at some point which colour combinations are good together. Once you have established a few good colour matches, you can break out of the traditional dull and become a little more adventurous towards colour, which can add a whole new dimension to your wardrobe.
When considering your colour options, be aware that there are different types of colour variation, for a better idea you would need a colour wheel, which will give you a great guide to combining your colour scheme.
Similar colours, which are often slight variations or different shades of the same colour, you will find these next to each other on the colour wheel and they will compliment each other very well, for example blue and navy or navy and purple. Similar colours are a great place to start, and are always pretty safe combinations and quite easy, for example a navy blazer with a light blue shirt.
Complementary colours are found opposite each other on a colour wheel, for example red and green or orange and blue, and they will look balanced when placed next to each other or worn together, often making each colour look brighter.
Contrasting colours are by definition three colours apart in the wheel and are often associated with bold choices, such as blue and orange, yellow and purple. The easiest contrasting colours are black and white which are easily worn together.
While you should be able to quickly grasp the combination of similar colours, complimentary and contrasting may be slightly more difficult. If you’ve looked at your wheel and you are still unsure, there are some simple combinations to start you off
Green and khaki is a great and classic combination and is best accomplished with dark greens, The combination is perfect for both autumn and spring, for example a solid green colour top, anything from a jumper, polo shit or t shirt with khaki chinos would look perfect.
Becoming slightly more adventurous, red and green are great complimentary colours, don’t be afraid to vary the shades of colour, for example a red or even pink top will look good with a pair of dark green trousers or shorts.
Red and blue are a good combination, essentially one colour should be dominant worn in a darker shade, otherwise the colours will compete with each other.
When choosing contrasting colours such as red and yellow, they should be worn with caution, its great to be stylish and make a good impression, but you don’t wan t to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. As a general rule only wear one as the dominant colour while the other should contribute only as a small portion of your attire, such as a tie or other accessory.