Perfect-Match

Perfect Match: Suit, Shirt and Tie

Categories Fashion

What are the basic rules on suit-shirt-and-tie combinations? We’re here to help.

Patterned tie, striped shirt
A combination best suited with plain, block colour jackets and fabrics with a minimal texture.

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Striped tie, striped shirt
Ensure the tie’s stripes are bolder than the shirt’s. You want the tie to pop, not clash.

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Checked shirt, striped jacket
The shirt’s checks and suit’s stripes should be in proportion. Plain tie, please.

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Checked jacket, knitted tie
Offset the visual texture of the check with a physical texture in the tie. Plain shirt is best.

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Striped jacket, striped shirt
The stripes of your shirt should always be bolder than those of your jacket.

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Checked jacket, plain shirt
The more daring the check, the plainer the shirt. Shirt colours should be muted.

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Patterned jacket, striped shirt
A fine patterned suit contrasts perfectly with a shirrs stripes. Fine patterns mean business.

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Flannel jacket, checked shirt
Checked shirts are under-used but the punchier the shirt’s check the plainer the suit.

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Illustrations by Paul Rebec.