Matching Ties to Shirts!
First of all, matching means the same and coordinating means complimenting, this is important terminology to understand!
A SOLID SHIRT
Show off your necktie by putting it on a white dress shirt and remember, any colour tie works with a white shirt.
Pastel coloured shirts require coordination! Pale blue shirt works with yellow, red, burgundy, gold or navy ties. A pale pink shirt works with a navy blue or burgundy tie. For a pale tan shirt, use any shade of brown coloured tie. A French blue shirt goes best with a yellow, bright red, deep burgundy or gold tie.
For STRIPED SHIRTS
Determine what colour is primary. Look at it from a distance. Based on that colour, you can now consider the coordination required. A solid tie would be best but a paisley pattern works with stripes. Plaid does not!
If you want to be dangerous, you could use a diagonal striped tie. However you must ensure that the stripes of the tie and the shirt are of different sizes. Recommended size of stripes is 2:1. Make sure the tie stripes are twice as large as the stripes on the shirt.
A CHECKERED SHIRT
Do not wear a tie! If you must, choose a solid colour tie. Some people will suggest that a boxed pattern or dots works. If you want to try that, again, ensure you find the primary color of the shirt, and coordinate that colour with the tie colour.
TIE TO SUIT COORDINATION
You need to consider first coordinating a colour that goes with the suit, and then once you have decided on the colour, look at the pattern and follow the rules for striped shirts.
If the suit is one solid colour, the job is easy. Put any solid colour tie, or any colour that coordinates well with any pattern that you like.
NOTE: If the suit has pin stripes (those faint thin vertical lines) then you can simply just follow the same rules as if the suit were a solid colour.