Originally Posted by wannabestyled
Yes, I know what you mean. I've already contemplated throwing out every tie I own, and probably will when I'm sure my new glen plaid is here! I've also realized that I need a new suit or two, and also need to have my grey one fitted properly. I'm learning... quickly, as this is something I could probably become addicted to.
I found this site. http://www.sugarchicago.com/index.asp
It seems a lot of ties on there may be in the ball park no? It allows you to pick a suit color and gives you a range of ties. I'm also color blind so that sort of thing helps me.
Don't worry, you'll learn quickly. You'll also get a lot of conflicting advice on the details, but you'll soon pick up on an overall guideline. My easy rules of thumb:
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a white folded pocket square.
Never match your tie to pocket square.
Pattens can mix as long as they are a different scale. (this less important if you matching patterns that are different like a plaid tie on a striped shirt or dotted tie on a plaid shirt, but its absoluetly critical if you're matching the same kind of pattern like a check tie on check shirt.
If two items are patterned, the third is solid. (Plaid tie/striped suit/solid shirt)
The Tie is always darker than shirt. (I generally go for very sober ties anyway, since I like my suits more interesting i.e. plaid)
Keep things in proportion. (Shirt collar/lapel width/tie width)
Don't wear the same shoes two days in a row.
Match your belt with your shoes.
Hem your pants.
If you're wearing dress shoes or jacket, your shirt is ALWAYS tucked in.
Navy is your friend.
A good fit makes you stand out more than loud patterns or colour.
Lots of the above may be common sense, a lot might not, but you can't go wrong with keeping these things in mind.