4 P's: Picking Proper Paisley Pattern

Paisley ties have become more and more popular over the years. Though in a professional setting it is more common practice to wear solid colors, paisley is becoming much more accepted in formal settings. In the past, they have been considered “distracting” for these occasions because of the vibrant color schemes. However, tie fashionista’s have grown with their patterns and designs to meet the needs of the modern day man. Paisley ties for wedding have become especially popular among wedding parties. With the growth of more fashion sensitive men in the world, now the groom can look just as good on the bride’s big day.

Some key things to remember when choosing the appropriate paisley pattern for a wedding occasion are first and foremost to keep things subtle. Paisley comes in a wide variety of schemes and it is important to understand time, place, and position as some patterns can be very “swirly” and overwhelming. With the unique patterns and styles paisley can be distinct. However, most caution not stick out too much

For men participating in a wedding party, obviously the color scheme should follow that of the entire group. Groomsmen should coordinate with bridesmaids. Common practice is that the color of the bridesmaids dress should be the dominant color of the groomsman tie. The groom, and sometimes the best man, is the only exception as they want to be distinguishable from the rest of the party (as would the maid of honor and bride). Also, when choosing colors and patterns keep in mind this is the bride’s day. Careful not to pick schemes that may overshadow. For those not involved with the wedding party there is more room for different colors.

White space is important when choosing patterns. Normally less white space is better. Lots of white space shows too much of the paisley pattern which you want to be as subtle as possible, especially for wedding occasions. From afar it should appear to be a solid color tie. Paisley ties that have a pattern color and an accent color usually much more versatile as well. Again, the accent colors are very important. Being tonal in the overall color scheme will help in choosing ties. For instance, when coordinating a grey suit it is best to use lighter or darker shades of grey in the select ties. Experimenting with too many different colors, especially bright, can appear distracting and to some effect tacky as well. Both things should be avoided at all cost while choosing ties.

Experimenting with accessories will always help in choosing a tie. Pocket squares are always a good combination to use with ties. Finding a paisley pocket square the same design as the tie will bring out the ties color. Just as well, tie and square combos can be used with most solid color suits. Another growing accessory is the suit vest. The vest may have the same pattern as the tie or differ slightly. Still, the colors are usually always the same no matter what. Socks have become popular as well, however are harder to match with paisley.