Although it may sound like a simple sartorial task, trying to create the best shirt and tie combinations can often end in disaster. To ensure you never get it wrong, we’ve put together this definitive Savile Row guide.
The Best Shirt and Tie Combinations with a Plain Shirt
Timeless and versatile, a simple yet sophisticated formal shirt offers the perfect blank canvas for almost any luxury silk tie – especially those boasting pattern. Whether you choose a white shirt, light blue shirt, or pink shirt, we suggest teaming yours with silk ties in contrasting colours that are decorated with polka dots, stripes or a playful print.
The Best Shirt and Tie Combinations with a Striped Shirt
When it comes to choosing a tie to pair with a striped shirt, opt for two designs that complement each other rather than clash. Perhaps the easiest way of doing this is to stick with a tie in a block colour. However, for those wanting to be a little more adventurous, try to make sure that the pattern on your tie is larger – or at least bolder – than the stripes on your shirt. As for stripes on stripes, they can work perfectly well as long as they aren’t the same size.
The Best Shirt and Tie Combinations with a Check Shirt
Whilst striped formal shirts offer some leeway when it comes to teaming them with patterned ties, a check shirt should always be seen with a larger pattern (or block colour) to avoid it becoming lost. For maximum effect, look to coordinate your tie with the check colour of your shirt – rather than the white base the majority of designs will have.
Shirt and Tie Outfit Inspiration
Before you go ahead and start putting together your own ensembles, take a look at some of the best shirt and tie combinations shot at our most recent photoshoot — there's lots of colours and patterns to experiment with.
Shirt and Tie Combinations Ideas
Still not sure what shirt and tie combinations to go for? These are some of our favourites:
White Shirt With a Striped Tie
A timeless choice for the office, striped ties (in any colour) look great with a crisp white shirt. We suggest opting for one of our regimental designs to give your outfit a preppy edge.
Light Blue Shirt With a Purple Tie
A light blue shirt is the ideal backdrop for a purple tie. The colours perfectly complement each other to create an elegant ensemble that can be worn to work or at a wedding.
Pink Shirt With a Navy Tie
Navy and pink is a classic shirt and tie combination that offers a dash of colour while remaining refined. To add extra character, opt for our navy herringbone tie.
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