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Dressing is an essential aspect of any individual’s life. A totally undressed person out on the streets will, after all, be termed ‘mad’.


For men, dressing comes down to the shirt and tie, pants, socks, and shoes. As with every aspect of a person’s life, first impression matters greatly. I don’t think people realize what an impact first impression has in the immediate moment you meet someone, or the impact it has on their lasting impression of you (The “addressed how you dress” phrase, easily comes to mind here).


Shirt and tie is an essential part of every man’s dress (which part really isn’t?). It is practically one of the first settling points of the eyes on any man’s dress. Shirt and tie is even more important when the dressing is for a formal occasion, or when it is the customary dress style in your place of work.


Assuming you have no problem selecting a pair of matching pants, can you just throw on any shirt and tie, hoping it works? NO. The shirt and tie need to blend into themselves, coming together as great partners. When putting together a shirt and tie combination, what should you look out for?


Some seem extraordinary in their abilities to ensemble patterns, colors and texture. Most others are perpetually unsure of what fits – reveling in the one “great” combination they pulled off, until called out by friends and colleagues, or randomly selecting any piece of tie for the shirt they’ve chosen for the day – thus consigning their choices into a safe play of repeated solids or the conceivable deniability of random selection.


Helpful Tips for Selecting a Good Shirt and tie Combo.


1.    Both tie and shirt are un-patterned:


The rule of thumb here is to use two contrasting color combinations, for instance, a bright shirt better matches a dark tie, and vice-versa. Be sure NEVER to use the exact same color for your shirt as your tie (this is childish, really!). If, however, you do decide to use something close rather than contrasting, analogous colors are also smooth (i.e. use contrasting shades of the same color for the shirt and tie).


2.    Pattern-on-solid combination:


Okay, so you’ve got a solid shirt and a patterned tie (or reverse)? The trick here is to have one of the colors of your patterned tie match the color in your solid shirt. The reverse follows the same principle.


3.    Pattern-on-pattern combination:


Now this is trickier, but brings more flare (and maturity) to your dressing. It also requires more thinking. That said, a number of principles should be followed to give you the right combo. First, avoid pairing a shirt and tie with the same pattern type (e.g. dotted shirts and dotted ties should not go together). Also, vary the size of the patterns-as a rule of thumb, large patterns blend better with smaller ones. Finally, while you want to have at least one color within both patterns that match, avoid a shirt and tie pairing with the same base/dominant color (a natural progression from the very first tip).


Final notes to remember:


1) Your collar and tie should be in proportion to each other. 2) Shirt and tie patterns should not look rowdy. 3) Feel free to experiment with your patterns and colors – use them as a tool to express your creativity. 4) As one last bonus tip, if you have no idea what color of shirt best suits you, take a look at your skin color.



Bret Rakfeldt