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Do you often wish that you had the perfect accessory to round off your suiting ensemble, whether you are strutting it with a tie or not? Something that could instantly add a splash of flair and panache with minimal effort? With the recent surge in popularity of pocket squares, we thought it would be a good idea to create a guide for the mixing and matching of ties to your pocket squares.
After all, an accessorized man is often better dressed than one that is not. And with more alternatives to mix and match colors, patterns, and fabrics, it is in our best interest to introduce variety to our wardrobe and create new, exciting and interesting ways to dress on a daily basis- ensuring that yesteryear stagnation is drowned out and replaced by excitement, novelty and our own individual creativity. Without further ado, here is our guide to matching ties to pocket squares!
The main rule to consider when matching ties to your pocket squares is that they shouldn’t exactly match! While the colors should complement each other, replicating your tie pattern with your pocket square is a tried and tested way to mediocrity. Just as the other pieces of your ensemble differ in pattern color and fabric (your suit, shirt and tie) so should your pocket square!
When matching pocket squares to your ties, a sure fire way to ensure you get the best color combinations is to use a color wheel. Try using either a complimentary (directly opposite), triadic (equilateral triangle) or analogous (adjacent) color scheme when you are first experimenting with color.
Complementary color scheme: Complementary colors sit directly across each other from the color wheel and create the strongest contrast. Pair a blue tie with an orange pocket square, a red tie with a green pocket square (though it could risk looking a little too Christmasy!) or a purple tie with a yellow pocket square.
While these combinations can be daring, they will ensure that you stand out without looking like a stand-in for Craig Sager, as they will have you looking color coordinated. Cue Craig Sager.
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Triadic Color Schemes: Triadic Color Schemes are colors that are formed by creating an equilateral triangle. Hence, blue, red and yellow form a triad color scheme as do green, orange and purple.
While these contrasts are not as strong as a complementary color scheme, these colors accent each other well. Triadic color schemes create harmony as they create a balance between warm and cool colors. A royal blue tie with a red pocket square or a navy blue tie with a maroon/burgundy pocket square will both help contribute towards a refined and elegant ensemble.
Analogous color schemes: For color schemes that provide more harmony, analogous color schemes are your best bet. An analogous color scheme involves choosing colors that are adjacent on the color wheel. Hence, while a true sense of harmony is not achieved (balance between warm and cool colors), an analogous color scheme does provide a sophisticated, yet muted look.
Analogous color schemes generally involve choosing two warmer colors or two cooler colors. For example, one can pair a blue tie with a purple pocket square. This scheme is soothing on the eye, as adjacent colors on the color wheel tend to create a sense of trust. Try a blue tie with a green or lilac pocket square, for example.
Neutral color scheme: If one of your two accessories (tie or pocket square) is a neutral color, then the other one can be any color that you like it to be. Neutrals go well with any color.
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There are three possibilities when it comes to matching your tie to your pocket square should you decide to wear a pattern or print:
1. The tie is a solid color and the pocket square is a neat pattern or print. In this case, it is best that one of the secondary colors in the pocket square is the primary color in the tie. For a more subtle, analogous look, you can opt for the same color of the tie in a different shade, that recurs throughout the pocket square.
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2. Both the tie and pocket square have patterns or prints. If both the tie and pocket square have patterns or prints, it is imperative that the proportion and pattern spacing differ, even if the actual patterns do not. If your tie has thin stripes, your pocket square could also be striped- but keep in mind that they should be thicker, block stripes.
Similarly, a necktie with small checkered/squares pattern would work well with a dotted pocket square- provided that they are big, largely spaced polka dots versus pin dots. A pin dot pocket square would work well against a wider striped tie. The goal is to create visual contrast and this is best achieved through pattern spacing and proportion!
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3. Patterned tie and solid pocket square. In this case, the same rules as the first combination apply (solid tie and patterned pocket square). Similarly, the combination would be visually appealing if a secondary color in the tie is the main color of the pocket square.
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Since the purpose of the pocket square is to break the jacket and to add some color, pattern, and textural variation to a man’s ensemble, it is suggested that the fabric of the pocket square differs from that of the suit. Hence, a luxurious woolen suit can be worn with a silk or linen pocket square! Or try wearing a linen pocket square with a seersucker suit in the summer!
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And that's a wrap for this one! I hope you have had as much fun reading this article as I have had writing it!
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