It is an art to match the tie correctly with the rest of the clothes and the occasion. So how do you perfect the tricks of it? Simply remember these few guidelines.
1. Always buy the tie of correct length. Standard tie lengths are 130-150 cm. Tall men should request for longer ties. An appropriate tie length is when the triangle tip of the tie touches your belt buckle. Unless you can afford to buy tie widths in fashion, buy a width of 8-9 cm which is a general width and will never get out of fashion.
2. While purchasing a tie to go with a suit, ensure that you carry the suit with you. You will then have a perfect idea of how the tie will look when worn. If the jacket is a sports coat then the color of the trousers must also be taken into consideration while selecting the tie.
3. Before buying, carefully check the tie for any manufacturing defect like loose threads, uneven weaving, stain, discoloration, smudge, etc.
4. Casual, regular office ties can be polyester blends, but business meetings and other occasions require silks or silk blend ties.
5. For all occasions, avoid ties with pictures and cartoons. These patterns are very informal and should be worn only to similarly informal occasions, like a birthday party or a family gathering.
6. A safe bet is solid colored, striped or dotted ties. Match them with the shirt or the suit and wear.
7. For job interview, business meeting, regular office and other serious occasions the selection of tie should be conservative. Set off a dark colored shirt or suit with a light toned tie in the same or complementing hue. Do not wear a striped tie with a striped shirt, with the exception of a pin-striped shirt. A solid tie will be a better option.
8. Match patterns and textures of the clothing with the tie. With patterned shirts, it’s better to wear solid ties and vice versa. It will be a loud clash if you wear patterned tie with patterned shirt. This clash can be sobered by wearing a plain jacket with them.
9. A dark shirt is relieved by lighter colored tie and a bright shirt can be sobered by pairing it with a dark tie. Dark blue and dark red colors seldom go wrong in ties. You can also select a tie of the same color as your shirt or suit, but in a lighter or darker shade.
10. Are you aware that your face and skin also should affect your tie selection? If you have a strong, angular face you should wear striped ties. Dotted and paisley printed ties go well with a round or baby face. Solid colors can be worn by everyone. As you would match the shirt and suit to your skin before buying, you would also follow the same principles when selecting a tie.
So you can see that the choice of the tie depends on the occasion, the pattern of the shirt and jacket, and the color of the shirt and jacket.