They said you can’t go wrong with a classic pin-stripe suit and a tie. But though the guys in Suits make it all look easy, it isn’t for some of us. Picking a tie for a classic blue pin-striped shirt can be a tricky affair but not with these style hacks. To help you overcome the dilemma of figuring out tie/shirt combos, we dug out these fabulous ones to get you started. Not only that, we also threw in a few styling suggestions to up the game.

From fool-proof colour matches to prints to play with, here are the basics to help you nail your look before you start free-styling!

multi striped tie

With a multicolour striped tie

Pick a slim tie with deep tones like brown, navy blue and reds. Be sure that the stripes are a mix of broad and thin stripes. The idea is to dress your shirt up with some stark colour but uniformed lines.

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With broad stripes

The key to working striped ties with pinstriped shirts lies in getting the proportions right. Broader stripes in deep tones of emerald or teal against blue pinstripe lines work best.

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With patterns or polka dots

If playing with stripes on stripes is too much then here’s a sure shot – try a patterned tie. Specifically speaking, look for ones with fine minimal prints like the Heraldic ties.

solid coloured tie

 With solid colours

Want to add a fun element to your classic look? You can’t go wrong with a contrasting tone but to be safe, pick one from navy blue, dark green, salmon pink (if you dare) or canary yellow.

Still confused? Go super basic with your safe zone tones like glacier grey, brown, midnight blue or charcoal but with a subtle sheen.

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With quirky prints

When I say quirky, I don’t mean those loud, over-the-top prints obviously. Look out for fun ties with funny prints like tiny cycles or cars.

So there you go! Find ties that fit your mood and play along these guidelines. Have fun, be cool and never… never over-think it.

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