Does My Tie Color Have to Match My Shirt Color?

I’m an 18 year old college student and have to wear a tie on a semi-often basis. I was wondering how do I cordinate tie colors with the color of my shirt? My mother tells me that professionally the tie should have some of same color as the shirt; but I have seen many people contrast the tie color.

5 Replies to “Does My Tie Color Have to Match My Shirt Color?”

  1. Well-meaning advice but not necessarily true. Having a tie that shares a color with your shirt (i.e., a navy-and-green tie on a blue oxford shirt) helps make a gentler transition. For low-contrast men (men with similar hair, eye, and skin colors, such as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned man), that’s a good thing.

    If you’re more of a high-contrast man (dark hair with fair skin, for example), you want your clothes to be high-contrast as well. In that case you’re better off with a complementing tie (yellow with blue, red with green, etc.).

    It’s also good to keep in mind that none of these should be absolutes. Even if you’re low-contrast, your tie should be a distinctly different shade and pattern. A tie that’s starting to blend into the shirt is always too closely-related, no matter what your complexion. They’re supposed to stand out a little!

  2. For lots of information on color matching, in neckties and other pieces of clothing, check out our Man’s Guide to Combining Colors on the Real Men Real Style blog. We actually have several color articles over there that might be helpful, but that one’s a great starting place.

  3. Black ties usually look good on any color shirt in my opinion! Esp if you have just white dress shirt and black tie, that’d be great.

  4. Yes, definitely. Your tie should match your shirt and the rest of your outfit so that the colors don’t clash. It’s also important to consider your contrast when wearing a tie because what you want to happen is to look well-dressed because what you wear is how people change their perception of you.

    These articles might be helpful:

    Good luck!

  5. A necktie’s color should not blend in with the dress shirt ‘s color. Its general purpose is to be noticed in a good way. What you can do to is pick a necktie that distinguishes itself from the dress shirt.

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