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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by recondite View Post

The shirts you present are no great challenge to pair with ties, assuming your suits are all some shade of grey, some shade of blue medium or darker, or some shade of brown tan or lighter, such as cream.

You shirts will match with black, charcoal, grey, navy, expresso or bitter chocolate, brown, bottle green, green, burgundy, or red ties which are solid or largely solid such as grenadine weaves, knit, fine dot, medium dot, one or two pattern neat ties, where the dots are white, blue, grey, or brown and neat patterns feature one light neat or a light neat pattern combined with a dark one.

Only the small tattersail shirt in the bottom left of your photo would be a challenge for a fine dot tie, depending on the spacing or scale of the dots on the tie. Better you go with a wide medium white dot on a dark solid background so that you will always have a good match.

Your secret for success with matching any shirt to a particular tie, is contrast; in this case, very high contrast.

Since your shirts are all light in tone, a much darker tone; e.g., black, charcoal, navy, expresso or bitter chocolate, bottle green, or burgundy,tie that is solid or with a contrasting lighter dot or neat pattern is sure to match all of your shirts. For example. A wide medium white dot on a background of black, charcoal, navy, expresso or bitter chocolate, bottle green, or burgundy of would go excellently with any of your shirts.

Although all the solid ties listed above would go with your shirts such as black, charcoal, navy, expresso or bitter chocolate, bottle green, or burgundy,, the one indispensable tie for you would be black knit or grenadine, as it goes with everything except huge black awning stripes on a lighter background. For a dot tie, pick a widely spaced medium white dot on a background of  black, charcoal, navy, expresso or bitter chocolate, bottle green, or burgundy. And the same for one pattern neat ties where the neat pattern is either high or low contrast, and for two pattern neat pattern ties where one pattern is much lighter than the background and the second is very close in tone to the dark background color; e.g., the second neat would be primarily navy or burgundy in color when on a dark brown or bottle green background.

When you're not sure how to pattern or color match to an existing shirt, just go super dark and solid with your tie for an easy match, even if that color is black.

 

There with the strange black-tie love again. Other than that, it's strong advice.

Another rule is to not match bright tie colors with bright shirt colors, albeit that breaks down slightly when the brightness is in a pattern.

Also, it usually is risky to wear shirts and ties that overlap strongly in color (e.g., burgundy with pink). However, dark blue tie with light blue shirt is fine, though probably not with a blue jacket.
post #17 of 22
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Do any of these tie/shirt combinations work for the pink shirt?

http://imgur.com/a/GKKMr#0

Here is the item page for the shirt: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Supima%C2%AE-Cotton-Non-Iron-Extra-Slim-Fit-Alternating-Triple-Stripe-Dress-Shirt/ME00964,default,pd.html?dwvar_ME00964_Color=ORLT&contentpos=39&cgid=0203. Looks like they advocate burgundy.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant View Post


There with the strange black-tie love again. Other than that, it's strong advice.

Another rule is to not match bright tie colors with bright shirt colors, albeit that breaks down slightly when the brightness is in a pattern.

Also, it usually is risky to wear shirts and ties that overlap strongly in color (e.g., burgundy with pink). However, dark blue tie with light blue shirt is fine, though probably not with a blue jacket.

 

Bright ties with bright shirts work best under direct sunlight or stage lighting, and are a much less appealing look in real life such as evening or office wear, and mostly complete failure in photographs.

 

 

The look you describe, or bright ties with bright shirts, is classic with morningwear but not for eveningwear or business. So, wear this look on a hot date or weekend event when the sun is above the yardarm, otherwise choose another look, such as dark tie with pale or white solid or background shirts.

 

Just a word of advice from someone who does not pretend to be an image consultant, but who has decades of experience in the widest range of social and business settings imaginable.

 

YMMV.

post #19 of 22
FYI, you are close to being reported. And you don't seem to understand how image consultants work.
post #20 of 22
FYI, you are close to being reported. And you don't seem to understand how image consultants work.
post #21 of 22

I'm also having this issue. Thanks everyone for the tips :)

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by collegeguy88 View Post

Do any of these tie/shirt combinations work for the pink shirt?

http://imgur.com/a/GKKMr#0

Here is the item page for the shirt: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Supima%C2%AE-Cotton-Non-Iron-Extra-Slim-Fit-Alternating-Triple-Stripe-Dress-Shirt/ME00964,default,pd.html?dwvar_ME00964_Color=ORLT&contentpos=39&cgid=0203. Looks like they advocate burgundy.

All the combinations look okay. However, only the images on the top left and bottom right clearly are appropriate for business casual. In the others, the ties possibly are too dark or too loud.
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