It can sometimes be hard work to try and match a necktie and shirt when you are like me and have very little in the way of fashion sense. It can be very easy to pick the wrong tie and look quite foolish without realizing it.
Like most things in life fashion change regularly. A few years ago the trend was to wear broad neckties with a large knot. Nowadays it seems to have shifted towards a medium-sized tie with a smaller knot.
Choosing the right color tie can be a significant step when matching it to your shirt. It may feel a safe choice but choosing a necktie that is an exact match in color to your shirt is not something that the fashion-conscious would wear.
It may be an idea to try to pick out one main color from your shirt and then try to get a tie that matches this color. With this in mind, a white and brown striped shirt may go well with a brown tie.
Patterned shirts can be easier to find ties to match them. If you have a patterned shirt where the pattern is quite small you could get a tie with a bigger pattern on it to contrast the style.
Likewise, if you had a shirt that was full of larger patterns then you would probably look better with a necktie that had smaller patterns on it. It may also help if the trousers that you were wearing complimented the shirt and tie.
Another thing that needs careful attention too is the comparison between the necktie and the collar of the shirt. If you had a shirt with a narrow collar then it would be wise to use a necktie with a small knot. Likewise, a broad collared shirt would look better with a larger knot on the necktie.
GQ and Esquire magazines can be a good way of keeping your nose in front when it comes to the latest fashion. By reading things like this you could always know what is in fashion at any certain period in time.
You can also see more information on how to choose a necktie.