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post #31 of 39
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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.

post #32 of 39
The cornerstone of your tie wardrobe should be navy blue. Solid navy, navy with white pin dots, navy with red dots, navy with white stripes. They go well with almost everything. After that, ties in grey, black, and burgundy are also exceptionally versatile.
post #33 of 39
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Originally Posted by wannabestyled View Post

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.
post #34 of 39
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Well gentlemen, this is what I came up with. After reading more of the later posts I would probably go with navy next time but this is what I got.



Thanks to all again.
post #35 of 39
Add white pocket square folded and you are good to go my friend!
post #36 of 39
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Originally Posted by wannabestyled View Post

Well gentlemen, this is what I came up with. After reading more of the later posts I would probably go with navy next time but this is what I got.
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Thanks to all again.

 

Much better.

 

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Originally Posted by Taylorstav View Post

Add white pocket square folded and you are good to go my friend!

 

+1 (see above).  Also strongly consider a four-in-hand or double four-in-hand knot instead of the half windsor.

post #37 of 39
Oh yes, definitely four in hand. It's the only knot you'll ever need. Make sure you have a dimple in the tie too. Like mine below...
post #38 of 39
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Will do...thanks
post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by wannabestyled View Post

Well gentlemen, this is what I came up with. After reading more of the later posts I would probably go with navy next time but this is what I got.
Thanks to all again.

Looks good.
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