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What Kinds of Ties Go With Indigo Shirts?

Few things ruin a good outfit like a mismatched tie. It immediately draws attention and of course, peacocking isn’t cool at our age. We’ve all seen the guy in the office with the kitschy tie that he got while on vacation. Confidence is great but we highly recommend some standards here.

Shirt and tie pairings don’t need to be difficult and if you keep it simple and refined, you’ll always have a clean look. With casual shirts, the look you want to go for is more Cary Grant, less Dilbert/Dwight Schrute. Here is our basic guide to tie pairing with various casual, indigo shirts.




The Analogous Tie Color: Pair a light shirt with a darker tie in the same color family. With a light blue shirt, choose a solid dark blue tie, like our Houston Blue shirt with McAllister Navy tie.




The Complementary Tie Color: For a more creative spin on your shirt and tie pairings, check to see which hues complement your shirt the best. For light blue shirts, this means burnt orange, like our Everitt shirt with Lombard tie.




Texture with Gingham Shirts: Tweed, wool flannel, seersucker, or knitted ties add visual depth to your outfit. With a shirt like theWhitney, your tie needs to hold its own in the outfit, and adding texture is an easy and attractive way to do that. We recommend theLomabard – Green.




Texture with Stripes: Stripes can often be the most difficult to pair with, but that purely because guys try to do too much with it. Just like a Gingham, pair it was a solid textured tie for added depth, This keeps the tie from getting lost in the striped pattern. We recommend ourDorian – Blue shirt with McAllister – Green tie.


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