Had it not been for the necktie, men’s formal suits would have been dull and boring. The tie adds a much needed dash of color to an otherwise bland grey, black, navy or white suit. Almost all of us have at least one striped tie in our wardrobe and have always worn them with the usual solid plain shirts. How about pairing a striped tie with a striped shirt? You must be thinking im a fool to be thinking of such a combination but, trust me; it can look great if paired sensibly.
Experts believe accessorizing helps spruce up a suit and enhance the elegance and overall appeal of the simplest of formal suits. And, ties form the most important of them all.
For those who wear suits often, it’s either been a striped tie with a solid shirt or a striped shirt with a solid tie. How many of us have considered pairing a striped shirt with a striped tie? True that no one would want to turn up as a buffoon at office but let’s not be judgmental without trying.
To help you pull off the look with élan, I’ve put together a few tips on pairing a striped skinny/ standard tie with a striped shirt. Read on.
- Going by the rule book, if you are wearing any pattern twice, for instance a striped shirt and striped ties, the suit needs to be of a solid color.
- Next, if you’re pairing two kinds of stripes, they need to be of different sizes. Thick striped tie with a thin striped shirt or vice versa. Wearing stripes of the same size will create an optical illusion for the person looking at you.
- Again, avoid wearing stripes that are bent toward the same direction. The reason is the same as above.
- Coordinate and complement the color of the tie with the shirt. The choice of colors should not make them look poles apart. For instance, red striped shirt with a bright green striped tie. Take a look at what colors complement with each other and work out the combination accordingly.
- If you choose to wear checks with stripes, the same rule of one being thicker than the other applies. So, a thick striped tie with a finer checkered shirt and vice versa.
The combination of stripes with stripes may seem bizarre but understanding how the mathematics behind it is enough to get it right each time. It may sound like challenging the obvious but that’s what distinguishes the ordinary from the extraordinary, doesn’t it?
Have you ever tried on a striped shirt with striped skinny ties? How was the experience? Was the combination thoughtfully arrived at or was it simply random? Share your thoughts and experiences with me; it feels great to hear from the other side as well.