A tie is an accessory with a century of history, but still not losing ground. Today, he has already become an element of unisex, but men resort to it much more often. Unlike a butterfly and a scarf, it is more versatile, but there are many difficulties with its introduction into the general image. How to choose a tie for a shirt and suit? What colors to stick? And are there universal rules on this?
How to choose a tie for a shirt: recommendations of stylists
The choice of a tie in addition to a number of nuances to determine its quality, is based on the study of the texture, color, length and shape of the product. For each parameter, regardless of the study of fashion trends of the current season, it is important to observe harmony. Needless to say, summer thin shirts are not able to be combined with a warm, cashmere tie, as well as a bright lemon-colored tie with a green pattern under a sweater will look strange.
Wool ties are a good choice for tweed jackets, cashmere coats, thick checkered shirts with long sleeves and V-neck sweaters. They are relevant and in the office, and when traveling out of town, and for a walk. In spite of them, silk, thin ties are ideal with any restrained business suit, especially if complemented with a noble metal clip. This accessory looks expensive and presentable. However, like any other, made from high-quality, natural material and manually. At the same time, it is preferable to skidding, wool, satin and cashmere.
It is possible to determine exactly how your tie was created in several ways: first, it should be marked “handmade”, but it should be understood that these are only the final steps, since the 3 main seams are performed on a typewriter. On the material, regardless of its cost, there should be no defects: puffs, not stained spots, creases, deformation. The fabric is always sewn along diagonal lines, the seams are made secret, so when you hold your hand over the product, they should not be felt. In addition, a good tie does not wrap if you lower its wide section down while keeping it narrow in your hand: otherwise the accessory will wrap in the same way, being in its place.
And, choosing a tie for a shirt, you should understand what situation and event it should correspond to. Business style involves subtle shades, the absence of large and complex patterns, if it is not the texture of the fabric, barely visible on a general dark background. Here the most appropriate ties are muted tones with a classic stripe or a cage, as well as a matte surface. If you want a highlight - let it be a clip for a tie.
Corporate holidays in the office give a certain freedom of action, but there are restrictions on them: it is desirable to maintain color affinity between a shirt and a tie. If non-black and white shades are chosen, in this case you should not choose a neck accessory with a bright pattern. If the tie remains gray or dark blue, it is permissible to have a color alternating pattern on it.
In a situation where the dress code is not specified (walk, banquet in honor of the wedding, birthday, etc.), you can rely on your own sense of style and turn to bright colors, given the time of year, place and age, as well as your own external data.
Rule number 1: tie and shirt should be the same color!
Perhaps the simplest option is to buy a universal black and gray tie that is appropriate for almost any shirt, and therefore any event. But since this neck accessory has long lost its official status only, becoming a fashionable element of the wardrobe, it is important to be able to choose several options for different occasions. And the basic rule that should be remembered is the harmony of tone: a tie is always chosen so that at 1-2 levels it is darker than a shirt. You can break all the laws of color by resorting to creativity and individuality, but the tone of harmony is required to withstand.
As for the purchase of a tie for the color of the shirt, there are several schemes that are successful at once, and they all require the ability to work with the color wheel. When making an ensemble, it is always necessary to keep within the boundaries of 2-3 colors, since going beyond them will create an unnecessarily carnival image. Variations of shades are allowed, but there should be no more than 3 contrasting primary and secondary tones. The most simple solution for many men is buying a tie and a shirt of the same color but different levels of saturation. In such a situation, it is recommended to wear these things with a light suit: white, cream, gray.
The following scheme: through related colors, or they are also called similar. These are the shades that are located next to each other in the color wheel. Both secondary and tertiary are taken into account. Consequently, with a lemon-yellow shirt, the tie can be both orange and juicy light green: in any of the versions it will turn out to be darker. Along with this scheme, a combination of complementary (opposite or contrasting) shades is used: a purple tie on a yellow shirt, etc. In addition, simple addition of the primary colors often happens: red, blue and yellow.
But all these schemes in their pure form are often used for informal exits, and work and business meetings require more restrained compositions. Therefore, the combination of colors goes through the achromatics: a black and white gamut, as well as neutral, muted tones that have a black base.
In addition to the rules for combining colors, the question of their depth and uniformity is taken into account. If the tie is purchased dark, it must be the same level as the suit; if light, suit and shirt are taken 2-3 levels lighter. A classic black suit, complemented by a white shirt, will look more advantageous not with black, but with a gray or dull colored tie that has a discreet and small pattern. If the tie is solid, it is recommended to choose a shirt in a strip or a cage, duplicating the shade of the tie with these elements. Bright and eye-catching pattern on a tie requires balancing the uniformity and lightness of the shirt.
Rule number 2: combine the wardrobe items with a pattern and a pattern!
In addition to color, there are other nuances that can be decisive in choosing a tie. In particular, it is a relief of a fabric and its coloring. They must be in harmony not only with the rest of the ensemble, but also with the appearance of the person. For this reason, even in such a seemingly insignificant accessory as a tie, you can’t use transverse stripes for low, well-knit people, and vertical ones - for tall and thin ones. The latter is highly recommended large pattern, including geometric, in addition, it can be bright and rich in tone.
With a small height, professionals advise to pay attention to inconspicuous drawings, arranged longitudinally or diagonally, but if the constitution is broad-shouldered, it is necessary to select its large variants with a general invisibility of the pattern. In addition, monotonous specimens go to such people, and with an elegant physique it is recommended to give up a tie completely, replacing it with a scarf or bow tie. And in any of the situations it is impossible to wear a tie and a scarf in a breast pocket in the same color and texture.
How long should a tie be?
The width and length of the tie also play a significant role in the selection of a good neck accessory for the shirt. The overall optimal length of a tie is 140-160 cm, but it cannot be called suitable for absolutely everyone. In particular, there remains a need to observe a direct proportion of a person’s height and tie length: the parameters vary so that after tying the end of the wide part of the tie touches the belt of the trouser belt or reaches its middle. The narrow side should allow not to untie the product completely to remove it, but only to loosen the knot.
With a width, there is also no single parameter: the general corridor of 9-11 cm is shifted, if we are talking about an excessively large or, on the contrary, thin build. In addition, it is necessary to take into account the remaining elements of the wardrobe: in the absence of a jacket to a light shirt, you can take a tie 9-10 cm wide (for wide-shouldered men - 10-11 cm), but if the suit additionally adds volume to the shoulders or has wide lapels, be sure to increase and the width of the tie is up to 11-13 cm. These values are characteristic of the widest part of the neck accessory. As for the douzka, they calculate it by the height of the collar so that the tie does not show through to it.
A tie that is skillfully matched to a shirt will not only show those around you that the person has it, but also serves as an additional detail that corrects its constitution, and also easily becomes a means of self-expression. Use the above tips, and you will not have problems with a combination of neck accessory with all the variety of shirts and suits.