Do you want to be the best-dressed man in the room? Or be perfectly well dressed for a dream job interview? Getting the right look is a matter of balance. But it doesn’t have to be a hassle. And it doesn’t have to be painful either.
There are a set of rules you can learn to reach the utmost look; it all starts with a suit and shirt. So once you have a tailored suit and well-fit dress shirt, you just need to learn how to find the perfect tie. Picking the right tie is all about color and pattern matching, and this is what this article is all about, so get ready for some tips to make sure you get that dream job.
Picking the Right Tie Starts With Fit
For the most part, when you choose your clothing, you pay very close attention to the sizes listed on the tag. So why would you ignore the size of your tie? Yes, ties have size too. So make sure it is the correct length and width. The right length tie, once tied, should just brush the top of your pants. While the right width depends on your body shape. If you have wide shoulders or a big waistline, make sure to go with wider ties, and If you are thinner, grab a skinny tie for the perfect look.
Pick Colors Based on the Color Wheel
Although there are entire college courses on color theory, we’ll just give you the basics. Color theory is the study of how colors complement each other and make others stand out. If you’ve ever heard the terms “complementary colors” or “color wheel,” these are the basics of color theory. So why is this important?
Matching colors based on the color wheel can help you always pick the perfect combination, even if you don’t completely understand color theory. Here are four basic ways you can use it to help build the perfect outfit.
Monochromatic Color Scheme
A monochromatic color scheme is just wearing different shades of the same color. For example, a powder blue collared shirt will pair well with a royal blue tie and a navy blue suit. All because colors from the same family always match each other. Combinations such as this one are ideal for business meetings and other formal occasions, like weddings and cocktail parties.
Complimentary colors are the boldest of the choices; they are colors that are exactly opposite on the color wheel, such as a blue shirt with an orange tie. Nonetheless, this mix of cool and warm colors will make your outfit pop, and it works really well on casual happenings, such as a night out with friends.
Another color scheme idea for your next outfit is the triadic color combination. It requires three colors, each equidistant from one another on the color wheel. An example would be a red and white coat with a blue shirt and a brown tie. The combination will make quite the statement and will brighten up your outfit considerably. And as you can guess, this is also an easygoing color combination; perfect for casual outdoors gatherings, and daytime events as a golf tournament.
Go With the Basics
Still wary of too many colors in your pallet? Don’t worry. One of the easiest ways to make sure everything matches without going too crazy on the colors is to make one or two of your pieces white or black. A white shirt and black suit will match almost every tie, no matter how brightly colored or patterned; creating a classic formal look. So you can rock at your next big meeting or other formal occasions.
Matching Your Patterned Ties With Collared Shirts
Now that we have the color basics down, we can move onto patterns. Keeping with your color schemes and matching up patterns can seem daunting, but again, here’s a quick trick to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed.
Plain Plus Patterned
One of the easiest combinations to master is the plain plus the pattern. For example, a solid white shirt is a great pairing to pretty much any patterned tie, including a pink one. The same applies to a black shirt, just remember to keep your color theory in mind. And in case you wonder, this is an excellent look for a formal event.
Stripes Plus Stripes
The striped pattern is also one of the easiest to match up. Just wear stripes with stripes as long as they aren’t similar in size. For example, match up a vibrant green thin-striped tie with a wide-striped pale green shirt and a black suit. Stripes on stripes make for the perfect formal outfit.
Stripes With Other Patterns
As much as stripes love other stripes, they can also match up perfectly to nearly any other pattern. So keeping your color wheel in mind, match up your favorite, wide-striped shirt with a small design tie, or vise versa. For example, a purple tie with little pink squares all over it will look great with a purple and pink striped white shirt. You are going to love this look; it is a bit too casual for your next client meeting or conference, but it will look great at an outdoor corporate gathering or a relaxed lunch in between friends.
Checkers With Small Patterns
If you love checkered patterned shirts, match them up with small patterned ties. For example, big checkers can match up nicely with little polka dots, thin stripes, or textured ties. Depending on the combination and colors used with this style you can pull a formal or casual look. Darker colors are considered more formal and business oriented, while brighter colors are considered more casual.
Other Patterns With Solids
If you have any other patterned shirts you are considering, make sure to match them with solid colors. Busy and colorful prints like argyle, paisley, and plaids will look best with solid colored pieces; this look can also be either formal or informal, depending on how you put it together.
Match Your Colors and Your Patterns for the Perfect Outfit
Color theory and pattern matching will go a long way to helping you to pick the perfect outfits every day. Once your colors are perfect and your patterns on point, nothing will stop you from being the best-dressed man in the room. All you need is a little imagination; some know how, and just a splash of color. So get matching.