TIE ONE ON RIGHT: A QUICK GUIDE TO NECKTIE PAIRING
You slept straight through the first alarm. You hit “SLEEP” through the next ten. And now you have only seconds to pick out the perfect necktie and shirt combo for that big nine o’clock presentation.
A nightmare scenario? No, not necessarily. True, you probably didn’t need that fourth pint, or the fifth for that matter, but no use crying over spilled stout. The most important thing is nailing that neck wear in a timely fashion.
So here are some tips to make it easy:
Light Shirt + Dark Tie = Never Fails.
This rule is crucial and simple to remember. If you’re ever in doubt, ever puzzled by the vast array of fabrics and options, just go with a white or light blue shirt and pair it with a darker grey or navy tie. Keep it simple and crisp with dark on light, and you have nothing to worry about.
Vary the scale.
This one pertains to patterns. Specifically, what NOT to do. And that’s pair bold with bold. If your shirt has a big or lively pattern, your tie should be more subdued. On the other hand, if your shirt is solid-colored or has a more subtle pattern, feel free to get a little creative with the tie.
There’s a time and a place for novelty ties. This probably isn’t it.
If you own your own island and answer to no one, then you can get away with that hula girl memento from Hawaii. But for most of us, the humorous neckties are best left for more casual, social occasions. For your family holiday party, the blinking Rudolph bow tie is a real hoot. For the boardroom, a more conservative silk or cotton tie in a classic half-Windsor will probably serve you better.
Good luck! On the presentation, that is. We know you have the tie part covered.