October 24th, 2011
Shirts and Ties- Getting it Right the First Time
There is nothing as very basic as a shirt and tie when it comes to menswear for the office, and a great necktie worn over a freshly ironed shirt is in style no matter where you live. If you are like most men, you don’t have a fortune to shell out on clothing, but dressing with style doesn’t have much to do with money at all. If you have a good eye for style and you know a little bit about what tends to make a look work, you can look great even if you only own a few good pieces.
Wearing a tie to work is a requirement at many workplaces for male employees. In other cases, men wear ties merely because they like to look sharp when they head to school, out to eat, or to work. Like any other style item, there are some do’s and don’ts to wearing ties, and you can’t look good wearing any old tie. Not every tie looks good with every shirt, and pairing the right items together can take standard pieces to a whole stylish new level. You probably know the elementary- striped ties don’t look good with plaid t-shirts, for example, but there are a few other tricks that you need to know if you want to look your best.
While solid ties seem like the easy choice, striped ties are basically the most versatile pieces you can own. Start by selecting a few striped ties in strong, dark colors. If possible, pick up striped ties in traditional combinations like blue with red, bright white, or yellow stripes or dark colors like navy with lighter stripes. Striped ties that attribute wide stripes or a single distinction color stripe are the most popular, and this look is always in style. Keep in mind that when you are buying ties, you should bear in mind the basics of proportion. If you are heavy set or very tall, ties that are wider with wide stripes will look best on you, while skinny or narrow ties are a better fit for men who are shorter or very thin.
Next, you need to consider which types and colors of t-shirts will look best on you. There is no such thing as owning too many well tailored dress t-shirts, so feel free to pick up t-shirts in every color. If you can only afford a few teeshirts to start with, you will need a bright white shirt, a gray shirt, and a shirt in your favorite pastel shade. These basics, when combined with striped ties, will allow you to look pulled together in any situation.
Once you have built your elementary wardrobe of t-shirts and ties, bear in mind that the best way to look pulled together is to care for your clothing. T-shirts should be washed after each wear, then ironed (starch is non-obligatory) and hung carefully in your closet. Ties can be dry cleaned after every five or ten times you wear them, and more typically if they have stains. Microfiber ties are excellent though, because they’re hard to tell the difference from silk, and if you get a stain on them, you can easily hand wash most of them out- Much easier maintenance! Keeping your clothes clean and well cared for is always in style.
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