Style Is Eternal: A Guide to Combining Patterns
Let's discuss coordinating ties and shirts with patterns. Always try to remember to pair large patterns with similar ones, you want the patterns to compliment one another. Establish your shirts dominate color; from there choose a tie that contains accents of the same color. Don’t forget how well opposites pair together. This is when a color wheel comes in very handy! Colors such as purple & yellow or orange & blue are just a few examples of complementary color combinations.
Now try pairing a solid tie with a pattern shirt, take notice of at least one of the colors in the pattern, as long as you pick a color that is found in the pattern, you will compliment your outfit. When putting together your outfit, if you’re wearing a striped shirt and suit, do not wear a striped tie with it that is the same or larger size stripes as the shirt contains, it will be too much of an overload that will not mesh well, leaving you looking like you got dressed in the dark. Chances are that in most cases you will be able to tell what is just simply too much and is not that flattering of a look. If you chose a color tie that is less noticeable you will appear fashion conscious, as oppose to choosing a bolder color. Both can work well, take some time to mix and match and get a feel for what looks like a great combination and what simply does not.
“Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”Say you’re wearing a shirt with large checks; you can wear it with a tie that perhaps contains thick stripes. If you were to wear a pattern shirt with large checks and a tie with large checks the two patterns will clash with one another, by wearing a tie with small thin stripes or small checks, you are giving each it's own platform, this is important. This is what shows others your great and unique sense of style. Don’t worry about following all the “rules”. Have some fun and come up with your own great combinations. Once you have a better handling on pairing your shirt and tie and figuring out what colors and patterns make for a great look you will have successfully accomplished this very handy skill that not only makes you look great but feel great too. You are given these "rules" to follow to make sure you are grasping the basics, do not neglect them though as they are very vital in educating yourself on clothing and fashion. As you become more knowledgeable and grow more comfortable in making these decisions, you then will learn to manipulate these rules you've become so accustomed too and then you will break these rules in fabulous style! Now get out there and try it!
– Charles Bukowski
“Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquility that no religion can bestow.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson