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.
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.
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.