Like the men's sock, the men's tie is one of those garments\u00a0that typically\u00a0doesn't dominate\u00a0general discussions about style. Unlike the men's sock, however, the tie really should get more attention because it's far more visible and usually a modest fashion statement unto itself. Consider the power tie for example. Bold, monochromatic, and authoritative, the power tie perhaps more than any other garment\u00a0represents the symbolic value of clothing\u00a0distilled into one solitary item...pending a\u00a0major potential caveat. That caveat, of course, is the fact that no tie is worth a symbolic grain of sand\u00a0if it doesn't match the shirt it's sitting on. Couple\u00a0your power tie with the wrong shirt and the only message conveyed is that you have absolutely no idea how to dress.\r\nYes,\u00a0like two friends getting into a drunken brawl in the middle of a double date, the wrong shirt paired with the wrong tie simply makes the whole outfit fall apart. To avoid a fashion disaster, ensure that the prints and the patterns of the shirt and tie match perfectly. If you're an outside-the-box type, at least get the shirt and tie combo basics down before going the experimental route. To do that, you can use the infographic below, which covers the shirt and tie combo\u00a0in grand (albeit abridged) detail. And remember, just like two friends\u00a0on a double date, the shirt and tie combo means initially avoiding risks, working together and having a lot of fun. We'll pick things back up at the bottom.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe main takeaway is to avoid the over-pairing of loud patterns when it comes to any given shirt and tie combo. Sure, you might think joining that checkered shirt with a broad-striped tie is your claim to distinction, but everyone else just thinks you look like an out-of-work magician who's always screwing up his act. As we said above, when it comes to the shirt and tie combo you should start basic and branch out from there. Also, we hope all you business types checked the "pro tips" section on the infographic because things like proportion count.\r\n\r\nUltimately, a\u00a0unique tie is a great way to make an aesthetic statement about who you are, but the wrong shirt and tie combo makes the wrong statement. Whether you're taking lunch meetings or going on double dates, when it comes to style it's all about learning the basics first and getting creative second--only then will you be closing deals.\r\nSource: Beckett Simonon\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.