SIZESize definitely matters. Either choose one print to dominate and the others to act as accents, or clash the same print in varying sizes to avoid the patterns competing for your eye’s attention. Play it safe in the office with a small checked shirt contrasted with a large-shaped geometric print tie. Take a risk for your next weekend lunch and clash a paisley print shirt with a thin-striped tie.
COLOURFor beginners, the biggest tip with colour is to keep it tonal. Keeping things within the same colour family (think navy with pale blue) allows you to mix stripes with checks to create a subtle yet bold look. For the more daring, don’t be afraid of mixing contrasting colours and complement warmer tones (browns, tans, reds, oranges) with cooler ones (blues, greys, purples, black). Look for the colours that are part of the supporting case of an ensemble. If there is a tan stripe in your jacket, try to use that tan as the dominant colour in your tie. Use these subtle undertones in the main piece of clothing and complement them with the accompanying shirt, tie or socks.
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