Matching a Dress Shirt and Tie, Sport Coat or Suit

JHD840W_201_241X241Some simple rules for coordinating your dress shirt with a tie, sport coat, or suit.

1. Avoid patterns that are too similar.

2. Select complementary colors and patterns.

3. Don’t wear combinations that are drastically different. The patterns and colors should not compete with one another.

4. Match large patterns with small patterns or vice versa.

5. Don’t overdo one pattern or color.

The key is feeling comfortable wearing your ensemble. Many times there will be combinations that seem to fit the rules but do not look right together. Always use your own judgment to determine what works for you.


  1. I buy my husband nothing but Paul Fredrick. I love the quality and the afordability. He always looks great!!

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    January 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Excellent tips. A lot of men really overdo it with too many clashing patterns.

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