Choosing a Tie and Pocket Square: Men’s Professional Style Tips

Tip #13: Never, ever, EVER match your tie and pocket square. 

It is not uncommon to find a new tie and pocket square combo in a box, and many people purchase it, implement it into their wardrobe and never think twice. However, these matching sets are never meant to actually go together. We always recommend you choose complimentary colours, fabrics, and patterns instead of matches. 

Why do Tie and Pocket Square Combos Exist? 

The reason for tie and pocket square combos is that the fabric of the tie is often cut down from a larger piece. Instead of discarding this excess fabric, it is sewn together, placed in the box and sold as a combo. Yes, this is an environmentally friendly way to utilize the excess fabric but it is more likely that companies can charge more for a “combo” rather than one-off pieces. 

Choosing Complimentary Fabrics, Colours and Patterns 

When it comes to dressing professionally, it is important to pay attention to the details. When it comes to the details we mention pick stitching on your jacket, a custom jacket lining, wood or horn buttons, embroideries, monograms, a ticket pocket but the most stylish look is always a pocket square. Why a pocket square? A pocket square goes into the breast pocket of your jacket and you never have to take it out. When wearing a tie think of something that compliments or contrasts completely. For example: 

  • A black tie and white pocket square – The classiest combo you can imagine when it comes to a professional, formal look. 
  • A navy wool tie and a light pink silk pocket square – If you are looking for a more confident look in the colder months, a wool tie pairs well with a silk pocket square. Pink is always clean, stylish and shows confidence. 
  • A dark brown silk tie with a linen brown pocket square – In the summer months linen goes a long way, consider a linen tie or pocket square paired with cotton or silk. 

It is important to note that when choosing a tie and pocket square combo, the colors should be considered in relation to your shirt and suit. A brown tie and olive pocket square are a great choice, but only if they work with the color of your shirt and suit. Since it is always challenging to pair together colors, here are a few examples of colors that look amazing together: 

  • Purple and light blue 
  • Maroon and navy 
  • Brown and cream 
  • Light grey and a mint green 
  • White, light blue or grey with anything 


While tie and pocket square combos may seem like a good idea, it is crucial to choose complementary colors instead of matches. Doing so will show that you pay attention to the details, and it will make your outfit look professional and put together. Start with clothes that fit and then work on the details to make your look complete. 


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing

In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.


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