Nick Quinn, Junior

Homecoming: every year the pressure is on to find a nice outfit.

Let’s be honest, if it were up to us, we would be going in a casual button down and jeans. But once in a while, it is our duty as men to let the ladies talk about how nice we look for a change. When your daily wardrobe consists of a sweatshirt and shorts (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), the ladies are always shocked to see that, yes, you can put on a tie and break it down on the dance floor.  

But just as I said before, it isn’t as easy as it looks! Every guy has heard this line at least once in his life--“Ugh guys have it so easy.  They only need a shirt and tie, but we need makeup, a dress, hair, and shoes!” I’m not gonna say that the ladies have it easy, because they don’t, but guys don’t have it that much easier.

First things first, you have to find the right size. When you buy a shirt you’re looking for it to fit in the shoulders and the neck. Unfortunately, if you’re feeling choked, that probably means it fits, but if it’s really unbearable just go a size higher. Sometimes the shirts may seem really baggy, and in this case, try and find one that is tailored or slim. Those shirts are usually a little more snug, so if you’re really skinny (or just don’t like baggy clothing), you’ll find those shirts look better. 

Courtesy of williambakhos.com

Courtesy of williambakhos.com

After you find your size, it’s on to color. A good rule of thumb would be to only buy a shirt if you’d wear it again. If you wouldn’t wear it again, not only is it a waste of money, but that means you don’t really like the shirt.  Here are some rules to abide by when trying to find the best shirt/tie combo:

Courtesy of coolmensgear.com

Courtesy of coolmensgear.com

  1. If you’re buying a patterned shirt, get a solid colored tie, and vice versa. There are some exceptions to this rule including a shirt with pin stripes and thin plaids.
  2. The tie and shirt should incorporate some of the same colors, so they match.
  3. Try and stay away from a navy blue tie. This applies moreso to people wearing black pants, but it may not  match your gray pants either.
  4. Bow ties are in right now, so if you feel comfortable in one, don’t be afraid to take some risks!

    As long as you keep these simple tips in mind while making your final purchase, you’ll be set. After a while they'll become second-nature, so don’t stress out! Just remember the perfect outfit is out there, and don’t give up until you find it. For more ideas on shirt/tie combos checkout williambakhos.com.