Finding the Perfect Suit and Tie for You

2016 04 13


Though they say it is the suit that makes the man, what often goes unmentioned is that the knot around a man’s neck, his tie, can be his undoing. Like sporting a full-face sunburn, an ill-advised suit/tie combination tells you so much about how a man takes care of himself, his priorities and what he aspires to be.


Finding a combination that projects the personality and lifestyle you want is essential in your quest for self-improvement. The good thing is that once you master some basic steps in the selection process, it becomes easier to play with colours, fabrics and patterns, and to tweak your threads for any occasion. In this article, we will review classic suit and tie (and shirt) commandments and then give you some ‘ofthemoment’ examples for how these rules can be applied in real life.

If you do not know what shirt to wear, choose a white one. White shirts go with pretty much any tie.

- Light tan shirts match with brown ties;

- Light pink shirts match with burgundy or navy blue ties;

- Light blue shirts complement red, navy, yellow or burgundy ties;

- When dealing with striped shirts determine what the base colour is and coordinate with colours as above. Just make sure the stripes on the shirt do match the stripes or pattern on the tie.

A suit with a solid base of dark colours is the safest way to emphasize solid, bold-coloured ties.

Pattern sizes (stripes, etc.) across your suit, shirt and tie need to vary — nothing looks weirder than a man who is wearing the same pattern on every layer.


The Classic Power Combination

Whether it is for a life-changing meeting, job interview or a business trip, the classic power combination of a dark, solid or slightly pinstriped suit with a bold-coloured tie is a cornerstone of every man's wardrobe. Though teaming a dark suit with a classic white shirt allows you to choose almost any tie pairing short of one with bright yellow polka dots.


The Formal Combination

After the suit and tie a man wears to work, the most crucial combination in a man’s wardrobe is best described with two magic words: "black tie." A classic black suit paired with a classic black tie or bow tie is one of the most painless combinations to pull off for most men, but can also make a man feel like he has lost all of his personality for the sake of formality. If that is the case for you, try to find unique bow ties, a traditionally yet impeccably cut deep-red tie?


The Casual Combination

To find a look for those occasions that do not involve your usual 9to5 work responsibilities, take the colour of your power suit and find a suit a few shades lighter. Likewise, find a tie a few shades lighter than your favourite power tie that also throws in a mix of wild patterns with other colours.

As this is your combination that is most likely to clash, test your look with a couple of off-white or very light-coloured shirts to ensure that everything pulls together in the end. While many men have been brought up to think of a suit and tie as an unwanted uniform, the ‘Better Man’ sees his suit-tie combinations as empowering — a way of expressing taste, personality and an idea of his perfect self.


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