Do you know how to combine a suit, shirt and tie?

Choosing a harmonious tieshirt and suit combination is sometimes a great challenge for many of us. But if you take into consideration a few fundamental rules, it is not that difficult to choose the correct tie, you will be 100% correct.

5 fundamental rules that we must follow

When it comes to combining a tie with a shirt and a suit, there are a series of fundamental rules that must be followed and which we detail below:

First, choose the suit

You do not have to start the house with the roof, and I tell you this, because many times, we pass through a store and a tie catches our attention, and what do we do? We buy it! Error if we do not know what we are going to combine it with, do not fall into the temptation to buy it.

First choose the suit, imagine it is dark gray, take it out of the closet and put it on the bed, then choose the shirt and put it under the jacket. If you don’t like the combination, choose another shirt in a different color and try a different color. For example, if you choose a light blue shirt with this suit, the appropriate tie will be one in navy blue or garnet red.

Large print with small print.

If you choose, for example, a suit in a single color, such as dark blue or black, opt for a shirt with fine stripes in blue or white that give an original touch to the combination. With this, do not forget to wear a tie in a single color or if you opt for a patterned tie, that this is for example with stripes wider than those of the shirt. Always follow this rule of small print with large print and vice versa.

The importance of harmony and contrast.

The combination of colors is found in seeking the harmony of the garments looking for the middle ground. In general, contrasts create harmony and colors that are balanced calm opposites. If you have fair skin, blue and light blue shirts will suit you better, on the contrary if you have pinker skin, green ones will suit you better. For all those who have a darker complexion, you can choose a wider range of colors.

Budget is important

Fifth, control what you spend. If you do not have a lot of budget, buy key colors and put aside the striking patterns and colors, the suits of basic colors such as black, gray or blue will help you in your day to day, they are a good wardrobe background and very easy to combine with different shades of shirts and ties.

Remember that as a general rule, the best combinations are:

  1. With patterned shirts, solid colored ties.
  2. With plain shirts, ties of a single color or patterned.

Basic tie combinations

  • black tie is ideal with a black suit and with a white shirt, yes, do not combine it with a black shirt.
  • white, ivory or off-white tie will stand out very little if you wear a white shirt.
  • pink tie is perfect with a white or light blue shirt and a gray suit.
  • red tie combines with a white, blue and light blue shirt.
  • An orange tie looks great with an orange, white or blue shirt.
  • blue tie harmonizes with a blue shirt with the same or lighter tones, and also with a white shirt.
  • green tie will stand out with white, black or green shirts with lighter shades.

Did you keep these rules in mind when combining a tie?

How to wear a gray suit

It is not always easy to choose a combination of shirt, suit and tie, which results in a harmonious finish.

We will see below examples to combine tie and shirt with gray suits:

The light blue shirt and a cheerful colored tie

The first thing is to choose the gray suit. It could be for example an elegant gray suit, in dark tones, made of a material similar to flannel. We will put it on the bed and then we will choose the shirt. We will combine shirts, superimposing them on the suit, until we find one that is to our liking. A good example can be a light blue shirt.

Now is the time for the tie, what is the best option for a dark gray suit and a light blue shirt? There are different tie alternatives: pink and orange are lively and cheerful, and will match very well. Wine red or navy blue may also be a good option.

Combination of prints and plain: white shirt

A plaid or striped suit will go well with a plain white shirt. Let’s take the example that we have chosen a gray suit in large squares. For this suit, the best option would be a shirt in a single color, or at most in small, almost imperceptible squares. For example, a shirt in white.

Regarding the tie, the same thing happens with the shirt. As the suit is plaid, the tie should be of a single color type; for example, an elegant shade of red.

Black shirt

Another very elegant option for a gray suit is the black shirt, although it will be a more interesting choice for formal situations and business meetings.

This shirt goes well with different shades of gray, but will stand out more in the case of a light gray suit.

Red shirt

It is the most daring combination. There are various shades of red, from a vibrant and very attractive one to a dark, burnt red. It is also a good option to combine with different materials of the shirt.


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