On my first blog post I mentioned that I would like to Help out those of you at AOM with any of your fashion needs. Since then I have helped a couple of people and appreciate being so well received by those of you who come to me for assistance. I extend to you my deepest gratitude.

A fellow AOM reader Paul has asked for a hand picking out some shirts and ties for his job in the spring. He knows how to put together traditional combination's such as striped ties with solid shirts, However he now wants to step outside the box and get some striped and checked shirts but, does not know what ties to put with this type of shirt. Due to his inquiry I am dedicating this guide to him. Thanks for your question Paul!

Mixing A Pattern With a Pattern

As a general rule when matching a pattern shirt with a pattern tie you must consider the size of both patterns. Say we have a narrow pinstripe shirt we need a big bold striped tie. The exact same goes for checked shirts, Small check big checked tie and vise versa.

As for mixing patterns I will use some pictures to depict what we are trying to achieve.

check with subtle tie

This shirt and tie combo is one of the safest ways to wear a checked shirt. The check in the shirt is toned down with a subtle patterned tie. This makes the combination more pleasing to the eye. Do this with any checked shirt and your sure to take a compliment or two.


Checked with Stripe tie


As for this checked shirt having the small soft look lead into the bold striped tie creates a bolder more pronounced look. Savile Row Is one of the most recognized names in Men's fashion in England. Their age old name certainly backs up this amazing look.



This is a selection from my own personal wardrobe. With a Bold stripe like this in the shirt you need to bring the pattern back down to a softer look. This is where blending it with a geometric pattern comes into play.



Another combination from my personal collection. This has a narrow pinstripe so i made it pop with a bold paisley tie. This will work great as well if you can work in some color.

So there you have it Paul and AOM readers a short and sweet guide to mixing patterned shirts with patterned ties. So keep an eye out and pick up one of these great new combination's from your local fashion store.

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Comment by Robert Bell on August 4, 2010 at 2:55am
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Comment by Reg Williams on November 29, 2009 at 6:31pm
No problem Dene I'm glad you found this post informative. Take care for now.
Comment by Reg Williams on November 28, 2009 at 7:04pm
True enough Don. I agree with you on allot of your points in your last comment. To tell you the truth I never really though on it that way, if I were to write more on the classic mans wardrobe that can be brought into a modern era. It would probably be more appropriate for the AOM and for its readers.

As a new writer I know my punctuation and grammar are not that of yours, and I was quite astounded to have such an answer awaiting me when I got off of my long day at work. However now that your previous comment is more clear I can really see where you are coming from. Maybe I could also add a history to what I am writing about. It would make it more justifiable for the AOM readers to have something to back up my advice.

Don you have taught me something today and that is not to misread my surroundings. This is one of the most important survival skills I have learned in my wilderness training, yet it seamed not to apply the other day when I was answering your rhetoric. well I will give another attempt at answering your question tomorrow after our local holiday parade has ended. thanks again for your input Don, and I hope to hear forom you more often. Take care for now.
Comment by Don Brodka on November 28, 2009 at 2:08pm
Please don’t let my rhetoric fool you, Reg. I commend you for your efforts to promote proper sartorial sense. I, myself, had been properly fitted and did amass a rather nice collection of suits over the years – for a number of occasions. I had to learn the proper way for a man to wear a suit, however; not all men have been educated on this or even how to properly purchase a basic wardrobe – hence, lousy ties, wearing browns with blacks (which, suffice it to say, is still taboo in most senses), and the concept of wearing “good jeans” for a night on the town. It seems as though men are bombarded with notions of style that actually seem more eclectic than classic. Classic is timeless and even that seems a lost art. I learned from GQ, a good fitter, and a good tailor. I learned how to tie a necktie from my sophomore English teacher in high school and properly care for and shine shoes in the Marines.

Me? I enjoy writing and find that playing the Devil’s Advocate from time-to-time helps others (as well as me) to re-think or reinforce opinions. I find thinking, listening, and processing to be as quintessential to the manly arts as social attire, manners and etiquette. These seem more-and-more to be of the lost arts. But, then again, isn’t that why this web site exists?

Be well -- DB
Comment by Reg Williams on November 27, 2009 at 9:21pm
@ Don

Well That is quite a mouth full lol. As a wardrobe consultant I by no means am telling anyone to wear a necktie. I am social applying myself to a community of men. Take it this way Don if i wish to wear a necktie casually I am not doing up my top button on my shirt I am wearing it like I just got off of work. In the end no one cares if its CK or Wal-mart, just the fact that I feel comfortable sporting this look makes my friends accept me for my personality not my style. So if your so appalled by the idea of wearing a necktie don't. Hell on my days off I like to wear jeans and a button up top and to tell you the honest to god truth I am a blue collar I am a welder by trade. I choose to do this to help those who ask for help, I don't do it to be riddled with jargon and facts. Simply put I just want to help and that is what I did for my friend Paul who would prefer to wear a necktie because he does it as a part of his everyday life. So thanks for the comment but take all people into consideration next time before you tear down one item because you don't officially see it fit in your lifestyle or those around you. Take care for now ;)
Comment by Don Brodka on November 27, 2009 at 4:07pm
I no longer believe it to be a necessity for one to wear a necktie in order to abide by professional and societal decorum. The almost seeming mandate for sporting a necktie in obedience to an unofficial professional dress code seems to have changed over the years from obliging accoutrement to a more superfluous piece of attire. Along with a more casual society (in dress and custom), many physicians in the medical community are doing away with neckties in large part due to health and contagion concerns. Perhaps the largest proponent of the purchase and actual wearing of the neckties are those recognized names in fashion listed in this post as well as those fashion outlets (i.e., magazines, television fashion shows, high-end stores, and even mainstream department and super stores) that seem to dictate how a man be dressed – be it for work or otherwise. Could this be a subliminal way to continue distinction of the classes, perhaps the blue collar laborers and white collar professionals?

Many thanks and I await any interested response.

DB

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