At Style & Travel Daily we’re all about keeping Image Consulting simple while challenging men to step outside the proverbial “Box”. The choices we have to choose from this season are remarkable. Bold stripes, checkered prints and the classic paisley print are enough to make the average man shy away from making any choice at all. Just hold on gentlemen…we can do this!
When pairing a suit, shirt and tie; let’s start first by looking at the suit. For a crash course in suit pairing we’ll assume that you have placed a navy blue suit with a thin pinstripe on a table that we’ll use for staging. Ask yourself the following question. If I’m interested in wearing a stripe shirt with the suit, should I go bolder or with a subtle stripe similar to the suit? If you answered, bolder, you are correct! A bolder shirt will add the right contrast to the suit and not have you look like you’re going to a PTA meeting. (Not sure where that came from…)
Anyway, take a chance and create the next level look you deserve. When matching shirts and ties try to follow a common color theme; it’s not necessary, but works until you gain the confidence to really go Bold! Busy combinations are not all that bad. Just remember too much activity will cause your wife or girlfriend to get slightly dizzy and could potentially distract them while on your date. Prints with prints are a creative way to express yourself. Let’s pair a stripe shirt with a polka dot patterned tie or a check patterned shirt paired with a stripe shirt. What do you think? Remember that balance is key. Two large patterns will clash; so mix sizes to get the perfect compliment.
Now for your next Style & Travel Daily Assignment: This week go visit a well stocked, next level men’s clothing store and pair a suit, shirt and tie with the information in this blog. Stretch yourself to put together combinations outside of the norm and let me know what you think. Until next time, make the journey in Style!
President, Style & Travel Daily