What tie to wear with a fine purple stripe shirt?

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  1. ElPrincipe

    ElPrincipe Active Member

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    As the title says, what colour tie is best to wear with a fine striped purple shirt? I'm trying to expand my wardrobe to include some bold striped shirts, the purple one will look like this:


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    I figure a block purple tie would go quite nicely, but I'm also thinking a tie with thick purple stripes along the lines of:


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    I'm thinking this sort of tie would also go nicely with a plain pale lilac shirt.

    Or is this too much of purple overload? Any tips for matching ties and striped shirts? AFAIK the general rule is larger stripes on smaller stripes...

    Cheers guys
     
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    Caustic Man Senior member

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    The rule should be 'don't wear shirts with purple stripes.'
     
  4. ElPrincipe

    ElPrincipe Active Member

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    lol, that is a fair point... I didn't think they were that unconventional. :p But I haven't worn it so I can return it if need be. I did also get some striped shirts in a more conventional navy which I'll probably stick with a navy/red striped tie, or navy tie with red spots. But that's why I made this thread, as coordinating a tie with the purple seemed a real feat.

    As you can tell I'm new to the stripes, what are the safest colours to stick with for now?

    Also, I take it people aren't so fond of purple/lilac on this forum? I have a few lilac shirts, I tend to stick them with a plum purple tie, or a tie with subtle grey/lilac/purple stripes, and now I'm concerned about the imagine I'm projecting... (and I just recently bought a very pale lilac sartorial shirt with white collar, double cuff, am yet to coordinate it) but don't worry, I have a lot of conventional blue/white too. I wouldn't generally wear the lilac with a suit jacket.

    I also bought one striped shirt in a dark navy (quite unconventional I reckon, definitely wouldn't wear with a suit jacket as too dark), and am thinking that this one won't co-ordinate either. I had thought a red/navy checkered tie might actually work though, as I have seen a dark navy striped shirt coordinated in this manner quite nicely before. But stop me in my tracks if I'm becoming yet another victim of stripe inexperience...
     
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  5. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    In the real world, they aren't. But this is a very traditional/conservative leaning forum in some respects. Purple/lilac CAN look good, but I think you need it to be a VERY light shade. The darker purple always looks Joker-ish to me.
     
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    Yes I have just noticed this reading around, that the 'Classic' is very literal here, in future I'll try and avoid making posts that are obviously not consonant with the general trends in this forum
     
  7. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    Meh, i have a purple fine stripe shirt, and am looking for a mint green tie. to wear with a grey 3-peice suit. the majority of style here isn't Classic, it's YAWN.
    anyway, you need a strong tie for that one.
     
  8. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    One more bit of advice. Don't listen to trolls.
     
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    size 38R Senior member

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    Exactly! the people trying to make you feel nervous about what you wear have no idea if you would look better in it than they do. however, unless you dress like Tim gunn (awful)
    they are gonna hate.do you care about who you are trying to impress? they are not your wife, colleagues, boss, or qualified style -wise to make judgements. want proof? look around.

    wear the shirt, try MANY ties until you find one that works.
     
  10. ElPrincipe

    ElPrincipe Active Member

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    Just so you know, and it's kinda hard to see in the pic, but the stripes are actually kinda purple/pink adjacent, so it's not solid purple - I think this tempers it somewhat, but it's still bold.
     
  11. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    lol Nope. [​IMG]
     
  12. GothamRed

    GothamRed Senior member

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    +1 if you do go vibrant/royal purple, the whole getup has to be pretty rlpl-ish, imho, otherwise it all looks out of place.

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  13. Dagon

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    I wear a lavender striped shirt with a dark forest green or dark brown tie all the time. It looks great.

    Orange and gold also work (think of the colour wheel)

    I don't like a blue tie with a purple shirt, too similar in tone for me.


    Just wear it with confidence, it's refreshing to wear and see a non blue shirt.
     
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    There is literally no way you'll be able to convince me that a shirt with a purple stripe is totally outside the canon of classic menswear (with or without capital letters).

    In answer to your question, dark green or brown. Burgundy can work. Bright red is too much color.
     
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  15. othertravel

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    I think everybody's missing the obvious one here. Solid navy tie. Or even a solid lavender tie.

    It's a good looking shirt. But if you're going to use the pictured stripe tie, it's better if the suit is solid.
     

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