MATCH MAKING Shirts and ties shine in winning color combinations


Slim silhouettes, flat-front pants, shimmering fabrics, and shoes without socks ruled the spring runways. While fun to look at, these styles don't necessarily translate to the average guy's wardrobe. One look that does easily make the transition from runway to reality, however, is the new combination of matching shirt and tie. All those novelty ties and bright white shirts of recent years are taking a back seat this season. It's time to enjoy the quiet elegance of a solid-colored necktie in a shiny textural weave paired with a shirt of the same hue. From gold on gold to blue on blue -- think Robert De Niro in the movie "Casino." It's a winning combination you can bet will make any basic suit sizzle.

Modeled by Bryce Buell/Nova Models. Photographed at the American Visionary Art Museum.



Page 22 -- Hugo Hugo Boss chocolate four-button suit with slim trouser, $795, at Hyatt & Co. Gold shirt, $30, silk tie, $29, both at Gage World Class Menswear. Kenneth Cole shoes, $140, at Nordstrom.

Page 23 -- Boss Hugo Boss steel blue sharkskin three-piece suit, about $1,000, and blue Boss shirt, $83, both at Hyatt & Co. Tie, $45, at Hyatt & Co.

Page 24 -- Andrew Fezza charcoal stripe three-button suit, $475. Bordeaux linen shirt, $100, and silk tie, $50. All at Firma Menswear.

Page 25 -- Barry Bricken khaki washed silk jacket, approximately $260, and trousers, $200, at George Howard and Nordstrom. Shirt, $30, at Gage World Class Menswear. Jacquard tie, $45, at the Knot Shop.

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