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Matching Ties to a Checkered Shirt

Posted by Rishi Chullani on

So you’ve decided to strut that newly purchased Gingham shirt, or one of the many checkered shirts you have in your wardrobe.  You know checkered is back with a bang, and it’s going to look fantastic with that solid or pinstriped charcoal grey suit

But what necktie do you pair it with to avoid looking like Craig Sager and more like Daniel Craig?  Here is our insight into a topic that confounds even the sartorially inclined – matching ties to a checkered shirt:

Smaller checkered / Gingham Shirts

Let’s assume you are going with a Gingham shirt, as smaller checkered shirts are the trend du jour.  Gingham shirts comprise of small checkered patterns, often in two or more colors. 

Remember, the golden rule when matching shirts to your ties is to take into account both Pattern AND Proportion.  Hence, you ideally want to vary both of these elements. 

Hence, options for a tie against a smaller checkered shirt such as gingham could include a solid tie that matches one of the colors in the gingham shirt, or an alternative pattern that is widely spaced apart, such as a blocked striped tie or a sparsely spaced polka dot tie.

Checkered Shirt

Checkered Shirt and Striped Tie

Checkered Shirt and Polka Dot Tie

Just as with other shirt and tie combinations, layering a tie on a gingham shirt can have a pronounced effect if there is a contrast in fabrics as well.  Given that most high quality shirts are constructed of cotton, try pairing your small checkered or gingham shirt with a knitted, woolen, or linen tie instead!

Gingham Shirt with Knitted Tie

Alternatively, you could go for a complementary color on the color wheel, i.e orange with blue, purple with yellow and pink with green:

Gingham Shirt with Orange Knitted Tie

Larger Checkered Shirt

With a larger, window pane checkered shirt, the inverse would work well.  While a solid tie will look great against either a gingham or window pane checkered shirt, with regard to patterned ties, you want to choose ties where patterns are smaller in proportion relative to the checkered shirt. 

This creates a visual contrast and will allow the tie to pop off the shirt.

And that's a wrap for this one!  I hope that you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Are you looking for ties that match checkered shirts, but are unsure as to where to begin? Don't worry! Given that our philosophy at The Dark Knot is geared towards helping gentlemen dress better, you can find ties based on matching suits and shirts (and even color, pattern and type of occasion!), using our filtered search system within our Tie Collection!

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