Ever wished you could mix and match your accessories like a Pro?

We thought it would be a good idea to create a guide for mixing and matching your ties, Pocket squares and Lapel pins.
This guide to using the color wheel to mix and match your accessories like a pro will not only help you learn how to properly wear your accessories, but will also help you know more about colors which will help you introduce variety to your Wardrobe and create new ways to round off your suiting ensemble.

Quick Matching Tips to note

The first thing to consider when matching your Ties, Pocket Square and Lapel flower is they shouldn’t exactly match!
Even though matching them looks like the easiest thing to do, not matching them shows you take your look seriously and you know your style game.
Another thing to consider is to always allow one accessory to take the lead.your Tie can be the main accessory and then your Pocket Square and Lapel pin will compliment it.
Lastly, before we dive into the game of mastering the role of colors in mixing and matching Tie and Pocket Square, keep in mind that your shirt and Jacket also has a role to play in how you wear those accessories.

Always consider the color and pattern of your shirt and Jacket first before going ahead to choose your accessories. check the essential neckties everyman should have

The Role of Colors In Choosing Accessories.


To know how to mix and match accessories like a Pro, you have to learn color coordination. Well-chosen colors should never be overlooked; it can entirely make or break an outfit.
An understanding of color is a fundamental part of dressing; it makes the difference between buying pieces of accessories that will probably not go with your outfit or picking one well-suited piece with confidence.
I recommend you start with the basic introduction to Color wheel. Understanding the Color Wheel will help you make all color decisions with clarity and confidence.

Introduction to Color Wheel

The Color Wheel was originally invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666. It contains the 12 basic Colors called Hues.
Understanding the relationship between these colors will help you master the game of color selection in your daily fashion.

Any outfit will be a combination of these colors and the neutrals (white and black). Brown is sometimes described as a neutral base for an outfit, but is still a combination of color hues.
The wheel has been divided into the following categories and we will focus on using it for choosing accessories for your outfit:

Primary Colors

Primary colors are red, yellow and blue. No two colors can be mixed to get this shades and every other colors are derived from primary colors.

Secondary Colors

Secondary colors are a combination of primary colors. Red + yellow = orange, red + blue = purple and blue + yellow = green.

Tertiary Colors

These colors are a combination of primary and secondary colors or a pair of secondary colors. By mixing these colors, you get colors like red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, red-purple more.

Complimentary Colors

A mix of two colors that complement each other on the Color Wheel creates a great contrast E.g. Blue and Orange, Red and Green, Yellow and Violet Etc.
They are basically contrasting colors that will give you a striking high contrast effect. If you follow this color scheme, you may end up looking funny if you are not guided. These colors are strong and bold colors and should be used carefully because of its high bright effects.
When you follow this colors orderly, you will get a very good

Triad Colors


These are colors that are equidistant from one another on the Color Wheel (form equilateral triangle).
These contrasts are not as strong as complimentary colors but they accent each other. Triad color schemes creates harmony as they create balance between cool and warm colors.
They create a well balance form of contrast between the Necktie, Pocket Square and Lapel pin. E.g. Blue, Red, and Yellow.

Analogous colors

These colors are adjacent on the Color Wheel. They give a more reserved look.
This colors have a unifying effect as they share same color family. Analogous colors are Red, Orange, and Yellow.
You may not get the brightness of complimentary colors but this color combination is rich and at the same time soothing and harmonious.
Make sure you do not combine wrong colors in this color scheme, when I say wrong colors, I mean combining cool and warm colors together because it will definitely come out flat.


It may not be vibrant as complimentary colors, but you still need to be very careful in this color scheme to avoid wrong color combinations.

Monochromatic CColours

Monochromatic color scheme are simply tones and shades of thesame color.They are easy to create because they use only one color scheme, they are different tones from the same angle on the color wheel (the same hue).

Example-Sky blue, blue and navy

Using the Color Wheel to choose your Accessory colors

1- Use Complementary Colors
When choosing your Tie, Pocket Square and Lapel pin colors, pick colors that are complementary to each other on the Color Wheel. Examples:

-Orange tie and blue pocket square

-red Tie with a green Pocket Square

-purple Tie with a Yellow Pocket Square.

While these combination sounds daring, they will ensure you stand out because of the high contrast they create.
Mind you a Lapel pin as the third accessory here doesn’t have to be exactly the same color with either the Tie or Pocket Square but neutral (Black & White) or a shade lighter or darker than any of the other two accessories.

2- Use Triad Colors To Form A Great Contrast

Since triadic color Scheme form equilateral triangle, they form a strong contrast well with each other too.Examples:

-Red Tie, Blue Pocket Square with a Yellow Lapel pin,

-Purple tie, green pocket square and orange lapel flower.
Triadic combo is considered for the bold, but it is worth a try.

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3- Use Analogous Colors To Form Reserved And Cool Looks :
These colors give a subtle and reserved look. Since they are adjacent to each other on the Color Wheel. This involves pairing two cool colors.
This scheme is soothing on the eye, they tend to create a sense of trust. This scheme does provide a sophisticated, yet muted look.
Example:

-Red tie, orange pocket square and red-orange lapel flower.

4- Look for a Common Color

Another great way to match your tie and pocket square is to use accessories that have a common color but different designs. Example:

A pink polka dots tie paired with a white and pink floral pocket square, the common color here is pink.

5- Monochromes Are Easy To Pull Off

Monochromatic color schemes are easy to create because they use only one color.

Just match different shades of a particular colour and you are good to go.

The above guide can also be used to plan your entire outfit, same rules of color applies.

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