How to Be a Master Print Mixer: Suitable Shirt & Tie Combos

Mixing prints can be intimidating. But when it comes to putting together a winning shirt and tie combination, don’t be daunted. I promise – it’s easier than you think. Here are a couple of tips to live by.

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Pair geometric prints with something more fluid. Linear, geometric prints (think stripes, checks, ginghams, and plaids) are surprisingly easy to coordinate. Play up the juxtaposition of a shirt’s hard lines and angles with a tie featuring a softer, swirlier pattern. Paisley, with its combination of lines and curves, makes for a nice contrast. When it comes to color, you can stick with the same hue or choose something complementary that will pop against your shirt and show that you’re not afraid to have some fun with your look.

Layer a larger pattern over a smaller one. Starting off with a small print on your shirt is a no-brainer when it comes to pattern mixing. A subtle houndstooth acts almost like a solid (a tight gingham print has the same effect) while giving your shirt some dimension and making it super easy to layer with almost anything. A tie with a circular geometric print is one of those safe bets that can work with most shirts, but as long as your tie’s design is bigger than your shirt’s pattern, you should be set for a sharp look.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 29, 2013