BY: Brian Cornwell
Guidelines On How To Choose The Right Ties For Men’s Suits And Shirts
Men’s ties come in all sorts of patterns, colors and sizes, but there’s an art to matching the right tie to fit your detailed occasion. As well, ties need to complement the pattern and colors of your shirt and suit jacket, and your face and skin tone. From ties with pictures and comics to patterns and textures, we’ll cover the basics on how to choose the right tie for your suits and shirts.
If you’re not much into men’s fashion or style you can always choose a solid color, dotted or stripped tie, which work well for most occasions, when matched accordingly with your shirts and suits. Regardless of your choice, one guideline to always follow is purchasing a tie that’s the right length for your height. The rule to follow is making sure the bottom of the triangle on your tie meets the top of your belt buckle. When shopping for a new tie, you’ll find that 130 to 150 centimeters is the customary size for length, and if you’re on the taller side you’ll need to seek out a longer tie. In terms of width, the normal size is 8 to 9 centimeters, and while you can pay to opt out and go wider, these sizes tend to never go out of fashion. When it comes to textures and materials you can purchase polyester blends for casual and office wear, but for business meetings and special events always choose silk or silk blends.
When you’re ready to shop for the ideal tie for a suit the first thing to consider is bringing your suit along with you, or having a good memory of the color, texture and pattern if any. You’ll need to figure out an idea of how the tie knot will look when worn in combination to the suit itself. In some cases your jacket might be a sports coat and you’ll need to take in consideration of the pants as well. After you’ve developed an idea, you’ll need to narrow down your tie selections with a few simple guidelines. Always avoid ties with pictures, comics and anything that stands out to draw too much attention. These types of ties are particularly informal, and perceive an obnoxious appearance when worn outside of settings like family occasions or birthday parties. For more formal occasions, such as job interviews, around the office or business meetings, you should limit your selection to only conservative ties that avoid attention.
When choosing a tie be careful when matching the tie patterns and textures with the shirt patterns and textures. You’ll want to avoid any clashes such as patterned ties with patterned shirts; however they can work to a recovered effect when paired with a plain jacket to tone them down. You should steer clear of wearing a striped shirt paired with a striped tie, instead focus on wearing a light toned shirt with a tie that is the same or complimenting shade of color, or simply a solid color. When wearing a pin-striped shirt, it’s however acceptable to compliment it by wearing a striped tie. For dark colored shirts, you’ll need to avoid any dark colored ties, while for light colored shirts you’ll want to pair them with dark colored ties. If you choose to match a tie to your suit or shirt, you’ll always want to find one in a darker or light shade, depending on the shirt or suits color. Ties can be paired accordingly to the shapes of your face and skin tone. For bony and angular faces go with striped ties, while for baby faces go with dotted or paisley, either way you can always elect to wear a solid color as they can be worn by everyone. When you match the shirt and suit to your skin before buying them, you should also follow the same guideline when selecting out a tie.
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