So many optionsThere a few rules of thumb when wearing a striped tie that can help guide your shirt and tie choice.
Colours and designFirst, make sure the tie is of a darker colour than the shirt. This helps keep things uncluttered and tidy.
Next, if you are pairing a striped tie with a pattern shirt, make sure that the shirt has a small pattern and the tie has a larger pattern, or vice versa. This will keep the different patterns from fighting with each other. And moving on to patterns, feel free to experiment and try different combinations, keeping in mind the previous recommendations.
Vertical stripes, checks, and plaid are all good options. And if you aren't quite sure on what to do, you can alway wear a solid shirt, and you will surely have an outfit that works.
Tie widthChoose the tie width that matches your build. Trendy as they are, we can’t all wear skinny striped ties. The length of the tie is also important; not too short nor too long. The tip of the tie should be around the center of your belt buckle. If you are very tall, pick the longer tie. Also keep in mind the tie knot. Make sure it’s the right one for your collar, tie width, and occasion.
Tying it all togetherBefore you settle on a shirt and tie combination, remember to keep in mind which jacket you’ll be using. The pattern size recommendation also applies to the jacket. Go with a big pattern on the jacket and small stripes on the tie, or vice versa. If you are going to use a sport jacket, you can be a bit more adventurous with your colour and pattern choices.
Don't be afraid to stand outThen again, feel free to ignore these rules. Be bold. Be unique. Be daring. Defy tradition and enjoy the distinguished look you'll be sporting.
Being bold in nature, men's striped ties could be a tad overwhelming if you have a laid back personality. But maybe that's what you need. Stand out, be confident, and be the center of attention. One thing for sure is that you'll get noticed when you’re wearing a striped tie. And if you match it up with the right colours, you might even get a compliment or two.