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Men's colour matching ... tie and shirt emphasis for smart / casual.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GrayDorian, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. GrayDorian

    GrayDorian Member

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    Hello dear sf members,

    This is a topic perhaps covered here before and one that clearly comes up after searching on google. However, I found little depth on sf and too basic colour wheels on various blogs etc.

    I am looking for something more definitive.

    To point out any errors which I have made in colour matching to this point I have attempted to include a succint - but clearly too lengthy - monologue on my current sense of dress.

    I always wear a club collared long sleeve shirt with a breast pocket every single day, irrespective of formality. To look casual I include chinos and a jumper / blazer / leather jacket (club is rounded collar - see attached image).

    I know it is difficult but I would like to know if I am doing this correctly. I always pick a darker tie for shirts I consider "light" in a matching colour. For instance;

    http://www.topman.com/webapp/wcs/st...=207230&parent_categoryId=207169&pageSize=200

    with

    http://www.topman.com/webapp/wcs/st...d=373993&parent_categoryId=207298&pageSize=20

    and a "dark" shirt with a "lighter" tie; for instance, a black shirt and a deep velvet red.

    Obviously white can take anything.

    I pair "lighter" shirts - I deem burgundy, blues other than royal and navy, white to be "light") with light stonewash levis. If the shirt is blue I pick a red or burgundy style chino.

    For dark shirts I wear black or brown chinos and boots of such a deep brown they appear black.

    Alfred Sargent Dumfries finish off my look for light shirt days.

    The jumper is red and jacket or blazer black.

    How does that appear?
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2012
  2. GrayDorian

    GrayDorian Member

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    P.S.

    General points about colour matching would be most appreciated.
     
  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

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    A dark shirt with a lighter tie almost never looks good. A black 'dress shirt' is almost inherently unwearable.

    For all the other color combinations mentioned, things might be okay, but without pictures, it's not worth saying much. Personal coloring and other physical charactertistics influence the colors someone can successfullly wear.
     
  4. GrayDorian

    GrayDorian Member

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    I agree. Fortunately I am able to use my camera in around 8 days when I move back to Scotland.

    My style is heavily influenced by indie culture, britpop, etc. I am unsure on the method for displaying images on this forum, but here I supplied some links to generic images.

    As far as skin and facial shape (regrettably the receding hair also - at only 20) Tom Ford is a very big match.

    http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/320x360/s_v/Tom_ford_gl_09jun09_MSeliger_b.jpg

    Some ties et. al.

    http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/ktwlN_ocL-o/0.jpg

    http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/sa/savile-row-pink-plain-slim-fit-shirt.jpg

    http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1403/5141113898_fd1a62d2cd_z.jpg

    Please could you attempt to provide more detail with respect to tie and shirt colours?
     
  5. StumpjumperE

    StumpjumperE Well-Known Member

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    Agree.
     
  6. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

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    A dark tie with a dark shirt only works in a few casual evening situations.

    A pink tie like that can be wearable with, for example, a white or light blue shirt, but not a pink shirt; and it can "overpower" someone whose hair is not dark. Other than a dark blue tie with a light blue shirt and some grayscale combinations, a tie and shirt in the same color family usually look bad together. A pale pink shirt looks fine on just about any man whose skin is not very pink.

    A black odd jacket (that's not a true "blazer) will go with almost any other colors above the waist, but on many people it looks bad in bright lighting.
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  7. KObalto

    KObalto Well-Known Member

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    Club collar everyday with a tie and no jacket? I'm not feeling it. And ditto on the dark "dress" shirts.
     

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