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Shirt/Tie combo for a charcoal suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ArmandHammer, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. ArmandHammer

    ArmandHammer Member

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    Suit looks like this
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    Occasion is for a wedding although I am not part of the groom party.

    I was thinking a red or light blue tie on a white or white-on-white striped shirt?
     


  2. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Nothing wrong with light blue. Red ties (like, crimson, as opposed to burgundy) tend to be a little bold and attention-getting.
     


  3. ArmandHammer

    ArmandHammer Member

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    Might go for this shirt http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Double+TWO+Cotton+rich+formal+shirt/182387641,default,pd.html

    And I like the blue tie here http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Linea+Ribbed+silk+tie/147060856,default,pd.html however the shape looks odd at the bottom and quite wide at the top/middle. In fact, the lilac colour option looks to be a thinner tie entirely.

    I'd prefer a shape like this, but I think the colour is too dark http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Skopes+TA0960+tie/121215522,default,pd.html
     


  4. ArmandHammer

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    double post plz delete
     
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  5. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Well, I'd assume the ties are the same shape, and the difference is in the photos.

    If you're really fond of the white-on-white stripe, then go for it. I had one, but I never liked it. I wound up having the fire alarm go off in my building one day as I finished my laundry, so I went out into the cold with a basket full of shirts right out of the dryer. I wound up giving my white-on-white stripe to a girl who was shivering in a tank top. Admittedly, it was bought second-hand for a dollar, and I never liked the collar, but I haven't missed it. I always found it a little flashy for the way I like to dress.

    The ties are fine in terms of color, but I'm not sure if the material will be very nice. If it's what you can afford (I buy my ties in thrift stores, but it takes a long time to build up a wardrobe that way) then it'll serve well, but you could consider a nicer one. If you go for a nice, solid navy, then you'll get a lot of wear out of it.
     


  6. ArmandHammer

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    Is that material that important for a tie?
     


  7. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Of course. Everybody notices your tie.

    I've seen cheap ties that looked alright, and cheap ties that looked pretty awful. It's hard to judge which camp that one falls into based on those pictures. If it looks good, then it's fine. If it looks cheap, then you might find yourself wishing you'd sprung for a (slightly) nicer one.
     


  8. ArmandHammer

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    That's what I mean though, the appearance is the only thing that matters when it comes to ties. Although I can see why a silk one might be more likely to look good than a polyester tie.
     


  9. Ivar

    Ivar Senior member

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    Light blue shirt, navy tie, white hanky. Possibly the most classic combination there is, and possibly the smartest.

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  10. SharplyTailored

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    I wore this look recently, except the tie was not plain, but navy with white polka dots that matched the pocket handkerchief. It was to a job interview, which resulted in me getting the job. I also got told I looked like the next James Bond, which made me happier than getting the job!
     


  11. YRR92

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    Matching tie and handkerchief, or a pindot tie with white handkerchief? The first is not so good, the second pretty great.
     


  12. ArmandHammer

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    Bear in mind this is for a wedding guys, not a job interview :) that does look quite smart but a bit sombre too
     


  13. SharplyTailored

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    I wore this tie, with a white handkerchief. I wouldn't wear a tie and handkerchief that matched exactly.
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  14. Ivar

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    Point taken, but remember that we're working with a charcoal suit here.
     


  15. SharplyTailored

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    Right, back on topic; sorry for diverting! I think the outfit in this picture is quite nice: charcoal suit, white shirt and a silver tie. Would look better with a white handkerchief in my opinion. Because the tie is silver, it doesn't look like something you'd wear for work, and is a bit less sombre than the Connery outfit above.
    http://www.formalred.com.au/site/De.../FormalHire/GreySuits/2Button-DarkGrey/51.jpg
     
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