Top Tips on Matching Your Shirts and Ties Correctly

You may think that it is easy to put together the perfect shirt and tie combinations; and we wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. After all, how hard can it be to wear a shirt and tie that do not make each other stand out in an awkward manner?

Truth be told, a lot of men tend to underestimate this aspect of dressing up, and end up with funny-looking ensembles. If only, they’d paid more attention!


While you will have to put in a considerable amount of thought in finding the perfect tie for the right shirt and vice versa, know that it is going to be worth the effort.

And even though some men may get intimidated at the mere thought of exercising their mind even to match their shirts and ties, it is time they realized the importance of this small but important detail and take care of it.

It is better to know exactly what and why you’re wearing what you’re wearing than to leave good dressing to luck. You may want to experiment by yourself, but what if we told you that you can come out a champion even as you do so?

In this post, we look at a few basic tips that will help you pick out some winning shirt and tie combinations.

Get the Basics Right


Well, before we get into the complexities, let’s deal with the basics first by learning about matching the basic solid shirt with the basic solid tie. Not only does this combination rate low on the risk quotient, it also easy to improvise upon.

You could start by using contrasting color combinations. For example, if you’re wearing a white or a light-colored shirt, you could wear a tie in any solid color with it. A dark blue tie would look absolutely fabulous.

Another way to make things work is by matching your shirt and tie with a color that belongs to the same family (analogous). Say if you’re wearing a solid light-blue shirt, try wearing a solid dark-blue tie with it. This, too, will have the same kind of contrasting effect but at the same time, it will also lend you a more stylish and sophisticated appearance.

Practice makes perfect and getting your sense of color combination right is a matter of giving yourself time to find what works for you. There are several online color matching tools that can help you find the hues and analogous color for your shirts and ties.

Avoid making the mistake of matching your shirts and ties in colors that are very similar. Wearing a combination like a light pink tie over a light blue shirt is sure to look disastrous. Additionally, say no to combinations where the tie and the shirt are of the same color.

Mixing Patterns with Solids


Wearing a solid shirt and a patterned tie and vice versa, requires careful consideration, but it isn’t as difficult to make it work as it sounds. These shirt-and-tie combos can look great, if you get them right. In fact, a solid tie on a patterned shirt is one of the most popular combinations that men wear.

The trick to pulling this combination off is matching the color of your solid tie to the color family of one or more colors in your shirt pattern. For example if you’re planning to wear a light-blue checked shirt, you could go for a dark-blue tie.

Similarly, a patterned tie on a solid shirt can be paired accordingly. All you need to do is match one or more of the colors from the pattern of the tie to the color family of the solid shirt.

Going a Step Further with More Patterns


While wearing a patterned shirt with a patterned tie isn’t difficult to do either, a lot of men seem to avoid going for this style in a bid to prevent a possible faux pas. Follow a few simple principles to ensure that you don’t meet that dreaded fate.

Firstly, ditch the paisley shirts altogether when trying this combination. The other guidelines are as follows –

-Do team diverse patterns together. Do not wear the exact same (or even slightly similar) patterns in your shirt as well as tie. Wearing a shirt with polka dots with a dotted tie is a strict no-no. On the other hand, wearing a dotted tie with a gingham shirt can work wonders.

-Do wear patterns that differ in size; i.e. the patterns on your tie need to be larger than the patterns on your shirt. Match the bigger checks on your tie with the smaller checks on your shirt. Same-sized patterns can look extremely awkward.

-Do match one element from the tie with the main color of the shirt. This is simple. All you need to do is figure out the dominant color in your shirt and wear a tie with a pattern in that very same color.

Add a Stylish Suit to the Mix


Want to know how to match a patterned shirt and a tie with a suit and make heads turn?

The key to getting all the three elements right is to keep one of the three in a plain or solid color.

Having a suit in a neutral color will make it easy for you to wear a patterned shirt and a tie and help you avoid running the risk of looking like you’re trying too hard.

Carry It Off with Elan


In order to look confident in what you wear, you need to know for a fact that you’ve got your shirt and tie combinations right. Use the above guidelines to help you define and refine your own sense of style. If you think you can move beyond the basics and pull off the patterned shirt and tie combination, by all means, go ahead and do so. Experiment with different combinations and remember not to be afraid to discover and express something distinctive and true to your style.


Matching ties and shirts is no mean task. Pair them incorrectly and you will instantly become the laughing stock of your group, get them right and you will be perceived as someone who’s sorted and has his style quotient in place. Learning through trial and error can work, but you can leave the error part out by paying adherence to the above tips. Do keep them in mind when pairing your shirts and ties and you’ll have no trouble looking stylish always!