Patrick Hellmann’s rules for matching suits and ties

Basic Rules For Matching Suits & Ties
1. If you don’t know what shirt to wear, choose a white one. White shirts go with pretty much any tie.
2. No matter how amazing the match between a suit and tie, an uncoordinated shirt will throw the …entire outfit from a “do” to a “don’t.” Knowing this, keep the following rules of coordination in mind:
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 its 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.
3. A suit with a solid base of dark colours is the safest way to emphasize solid, bold-coloured ties.
4. 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.
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