Unargueably, Shirts, ties, and suits certainly aren’t anything new. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t be exciting. With the right colours, any smart outfit can appear more stylish, contemporary, and coordinated. However, whether you’re dressing for the office or a formal function, colour is an important factor to consider. Luckily, we’re here to help you navigate the treacherous waters of creating a cohesive ensemble.
The Colour Combo
Talking about the colour wheel, it is useful when it comes to pairing your ties with shirts, allowing you to identify colours that are complementary, contrasting and similar. Whilst it can be used as a rough guide for pairing your shirts and ties, you should be aware that it is one thing to do something in theory and another in practice. The colour wheel is informative, but it shouldn’t be taken as gospel.
Perfecting tie and shirt combinations will come from experience! Colours besides each other in the colour wheel are similar, meaning they possess similar tones. Colours opposite to one another are complementary, but the shades of these tones need to be well considered. Finally, colours that are three sections away from other colours are contrasting.
Shirt And Tie Rules
You can hardly go wrong with traditional colours for your shirt choices. Ensure you have all the great staples, like white, powder blue and pale pink. This will afford you more freedom when you come to pair your shirts with ties. Patterned shirts should be welcomed for a distinctive change, but stick to traditionalist patterns and colours to keep your looks grounded, like simplistic checks and washed out ginghams. For your ties, opt for knitted and textured versions to really change up your sartorial corporate looks. Additionally, silk ties are recommended in classic prints with thicker stripes and solid tones for maximum versatility and timelessness. Keep in mind that traditional coloured suits (blacks, grey, navy, etc.) are encouraged when you try out the following colour shirt/tie combinations, and should be matched accordingly.
White Shirt / Black Suit Combination
In the case of white shirt and black suit combinations, interpret this combination classically for a timeless edge. Whilst most colours work really well with black and white (obviously, they are the base shades), monochromatic ties will sustain a refined appr