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This Is How To Match Your Ties With Your Shirts

Your cheat sheet to mixing colors, prints, and patterns.
IMAGE Shaira Luna
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The pairing of shirt and necktie is not rocket science or a police procedural or public speaking.

Good sense, classic taste, and color rules apply. Like peanut butter and jelly, there are pairs that match together so easily. And like champagne and french fries (trust us!), there are duos that feels weird, but just really works.

In other words, easy—but if you remain confused, here's a cheat sheet.

Blue And Green is a Clutch Move

Your (safe) shirts of navy, cobalt, cerulean, or sky blue need an upgrade in the form of the oft-overlooked but very elegant tie in deep green.


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Suit, trousers, shirt, necktie, suspenders, and lapel pin by T.M. Lewin

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White And Crazy is Totally Not Crazy

Even the most out-of-this-world creations, like a pink-and-purple paisley tie, appears natural when set against the canvas of a cloud white shirt.



Shirt and necktie by T.M. Lewin

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Pink Plus Blue Is A Must

Real talk: You should wear more pink, and when you do, put on its most natural companion, blue.  



Shirt and necktie by T.M. Lewin; eyeglasses by Mujosh

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Blue And Red Are Friends

When faced with a confusion of patterns (lines that lean, a checkerboard grid) turn to color and light. Blue is friends with red. Light and dark create contrast. Both are good things.

IMAGE: Shaira Luna

Shirt and necktie by T.M. Lewin; sunglasses by Ray-Ban

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Foliage Plus Floral Is (A Good Kind Of) Crazy

If you match the tones, you can go over the edge: prints with prints, leaves with florals, colors with more colors. This works.

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Shirt and necktie by T.M. Lewin

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Pinstripe Plus Repp Is Preppy

The only time when getting your lines crossed is a good thing is when you pair the vertical strips of a pinstripe with the diagonal expressions of a repp tie.   



Shirt and necktie by T.M. Lewin; sunglasses by Penshoppe

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Air Tie Is Drinks Time

And when you've had enough of knots, chop away the sleeves and do without the tie.


Short-sleeve shirt by T.M. Lewin

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Photographs by Shaira Luna • Styling by Clifford Olanday • Grooming by Joan Teotico of New Monarq Creativx using NARS Cosmetics • Hair by Jayjay Gallego of Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon • Modeled by Daniel Azurin at Mercator Model Management • Shot on location at 78-45-33, San Agustin Street, Makati

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