Men’s Shirt and Tie Combinations – The Ultimate Guide

Do you spend a lot of your precious time in the morning deciding which color tie to wear? With so many different shirts and ties to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start when combining them to create an elegant and presentable outfit. However, it would be best if you used a few simple rules to help you get the shirt-tie combination perfect every time you head out. 

Understand the Colors 

  • Similar Colors – These colors are located next to each other on the color wheel. It is easy to pick one color from colors next to each other and then use accessories in any neighboring colors.
  • Complementary Colors – These colors are located on the opposite side of each other. These are usually the toughest to pair together. Often paring them together may feel odd or overkill.
  • Contrasting Colors – These colors are located with three other colors between them. The best way to combine these is to ensure that the hues in a much darker tone like red or navy.

How to Choose a Tie?

Do not buy a tie just because it looks great. It is important that the tie you buy is complementary to your body proportion and is of the right color and pattern to match your shirts and suits. The perfect shirt and tie combo require just a basic understanding of the patterns, colors, and proportions to help build an interchangeable wardrobe you are proud of. Use the following matching shirts and ties guide to help put together a range of ties that would enhance your outfits.

Choose Your Right Tie with Matching Shirts

Blue Shirt

Blue shirt with tie

For a dark or light shade of blue, always pick a tie in a darker shade. It also works with patterned, tonal, and textured ties within the same color family. Even though red is a complementary color, a dark red shade or this Italian Linen Cherry Red Checks Tie would be most appropriate. Green is also a similar color to blue and forest green colored ties such as this Green Satin Tie can easily be matched with a blue shirt for a refined look. Red and yellow are contrasting colors of blue, and thus, a blue shirt with ties of colors like pink, mustard, and burgundy would perfectly complement each other.

Pink Shirt

If you thought pink shirts are not for men, then think again. Pink shirts are quite versatile and would look great with matching ties. Blue is a contrasting color to pink, and there is no better-colored tie to match with a pink shirt. You can choose from textured or solid blue color ties like this Turkish Blue Tweed Tie to match your pink shirt. Similar colors of pink include purple or mauve, but it is best to pick these colors in a darker shade for a pink shirt. A pink shirt with a tie of a green khaki color would be a bold choice as green and pink are complementary colors but a rewarding one if you can carry it with confidence.

Striped Shirt

It is best to combine striped shirts with solid colored ties, and the standard rules of colors apply, as mentioned above, along with a few other considerations. The most important tip is to ensure that the patterns on the tie are much larger than the patterns on the shirt. Another tip is to choose a tie with a different stripe orientation than the shirt. For example, a vertically striped shirt would go perfectly with a diagonal striped tie like this Castle Blue Tweed Tie. A single pencil stripe shirt would also be the perfect anchor for larger club stripes like Dublin Charcoal Tweed Tie. Make sure to match the color of the stripes on your shirt to one of the shades of the tie to complete the look. 

Checked Shirt

While combining a checkered shirt with a tie might seem difficult, it is much simpler than you can imagine. It follows the same rule as that of the striped shirts. It is best to match check shirts with ties that have a much larger pattern to avoid getting lost. Coordinate the shade of the tie with that of the checks rather than the background color. For example, this Dingle Brown Tweed tie would match perfectly with a shirt that has orange-colored checks. Check shirts can also be combined with striped ties as they would help the tie stand out against the pattern of the shirt in the background. 

White Shirt

A white shirt can be combined with any tie colors or fabric as the bright white shade tones down the entire look. You can choose from many different white shirt tie combos. If you are looking for some exciting neckties to match with your white shirt, some of the good options are Nile Blue Italian Linen TieDenim Indigo Italian Linen Tie, and Castle Blue Tweed Tie.