Colors: how to match tie flawlessly
We dedicate this guide to matching tie with a shirt or suit according to the colors.
A tie works especially when its color harmonizes with the look.
It doesn’t have to look good in itself but to combine flawlessly and be in harmony with the outfit.
What are the most appropriate colors for formal events, job interviews, business meetings, etc.?
Let’s start with job opportunities.
Colors of a tie for formal events or work
For a job interview, meeting or formal event, the color of the tie should be neutral: black, gray, blue, burgundy, mauve. You can opt for solid colors, stripes, small polka dots or the micro-pattern. Don’t consider eccentric fantasies.
Silk ties give a little shine to the neutral color.
The formal tending towards casual gladly accepts a silk tie with slightly textured textures, perhaps with small prints or repeated logos.
The classic blue or anthracite suit or the broken suit (blazer + chinos) for a more casual tone will be combined with white or blue shirts.
Color of a tie for weddings or ceremonies
For a daytime wedding, a tie with bright fabrics and delicate metallic colors is ideal, while for the evening one opt for a dark or fancy color with a subtle design.
If you are the groom and you can match the color of the tie with that of the bride’s dress (or integrate colored elements of her dress) you will give an original and elegant touch to your look.
Ties: colors for every season In spring and summer, the ideal colors of the ties are: blue and light blue, yellow and orange, lilac, pink, green.
Fresh tones that lighten and brighten dark clothes. Summer looks that are anything but formal like to mix different fabrics: for example, a light blue shirt in cotton poplin combined with a green linen tie.
The light pastel colored cotton ties can be easily combined with casual or basic shirts or checked, small stripes or micro-designs. In winter, you can wear a checked tie in wool or silk with dark colors (blue, burgundy, green, gray).
If you want to try something different, choose colors like mustard yellow, olive green, deep red in wide diagonal or straight stripes.
Often, the wool ties cut from the suit fabric are plaid, wide stripes, in dark and cold colors. They go perfectly with plain colored wool or cotton shirts.
Matching shirt / tie games
Ties in tones such as beige, brown, gray, blue or khaki, plain or striped, can be combined with white or blue shirts, or checked.
If you opt for a patterned shirt, take care to combine the dominant color with the shade of the tie to harmonize the look.
A patterned tie (or polka dot) that contains the dominant color of the shirt is a good match.
Combining the color of the tie and the shirt by choosing different shades of the same family of colors (white-gray or blue-blue) is a refined idea.
If you want to wear a tie with bright colors (electric blue, orange, red, yellow) combine it with a shirt in neutral colors to balance the final effect.
You can wear any type of tie with the classic blue, white, pink solid color shirts.
Combinations for those who love stripes and patterns
Who loves the absolute lines is on the safe side. The male color combinations are the classic ones: green / blue, red / olive green. Striped shirt with striped tie? It can work, choose, for example, a regimental oblique striped tie in green and blue tones and combine it with a blue striped shirt with a shade that harmonizes with the tie.
The striped shirt can also be combined with a novelty tie (with small repeated icons) that reflect the same colors (for example blue and white).
For striped, checkered or patterned shirts, choosing a solid color tie from one of the basic colors is a safe and effective choice.
It is preferable to combine a less striped shirt with a dense striped shirt: juxtaposing too different fantasies is a contrast to avoid.
A suit with large checked motifs can be combined with a small checkered shirt and a large striped tie.
The important thing is to use sober colors by choosing balanced shades, without obtaining strong contrasts.
The most important rule remains to balance colors and shades (no more than 3-4 colors together).
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