Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part VIII

October 22, 2009

Each week, I will present a post on the ins and outs of custom suits AND suits in general at an intermediate level. It is recommended that the beginner’s guide be read first.

 The Shirt & Tie Conundrum (Part I)


One the many questions men ask me is the complexities of matching their ties to their shirts. I sense a bit of apprehensiveness and worry about what others will think. In the end, you won’t lose your job by taking some risks with stripes and patterns.

For the first lesson I suggest sticking to 1 colour pallette and the readily available silk tie. The picture on the right shows a striped blue shirt with a paisley tie, notice how different shades of blue are used.

Furthermore, notice how the shirt stripes are small and the paisley tie is larger – it’s usually best to balance out your combination like this although – big and big or small and small tend to work but are a little more advanced. Try this and send me your pictures! Good luck!


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