Men’s Fashion 101: Finding the Right Ties

Finding the right ties to complement your outfit isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s not even long division. Finding the right ties, for the most part, is a simple task. By taking a few minutes to examine the colors, patterns, and materials that make up your outfit, you’ll have no problem finding a matching tie. However, we know better than to leave you with that vague snippet of advice. So, here are a few tips to ensure you’re picking out the right ties.

Size matters

Ties don’t just come in different colors. They come in different shapes and sizes as well. So, the first way you’ll want to narrow down your search is by selecting the right sized tie. If you’re wearing a skinny blazer that hugs your body you would opt for thinner ties to complement the suit. On the other hand, a shirt with a thick collar worn with a more standard sized suit calls for wider, larger ties. Either way, as long as you choose a high quality tie with thick material, you’ll be able to sport a great looking tie knot.

Set a color scheme

Your outfit should have a matching color scheme. The easiest way to do this is to lie out your clothes before you put them on. Lay the shirt next to the suit jacket and pants. Then, try to match different colored ties to the shirt. If you’re ever unsure, navy blue and red ties are going to match nearly any combination of neutral clothes (grays, whites and light blues). This process will make finding the right shirt and tie styles combo a much easier task.


Patterns can be a bit trickier, but they can enhance an outfit tenfold. Naturally, you don’t want to drape yourself in loud, distracting ties. However, a subtle pattern can be the perfect amount of spice your outfit is looking for. Try to avoid matching bright color shirts with bright color ties. Also, be careful with wearing striped shirts with striped ties.