The days of a colour clashing shirt and tie being considered a workwear fashion faux pas are long gone. We can’t be the only ones who have noticed that there is something cool about clashing your colours and a little bravery in the wardrobe department can translate to a big dose of bravado in the boardroom.

Eton is one of the world’s finest shirt makers and Robinsons is one of the shirting specialist’s leading UK stockists. Not only do we stock an extensive range of more than 100 shirt styles and accessories, we are also one of just a handful of UK boutiques to offer the Eton Made-To-Measure service. This bespoke stock book service uses handpicked fine fabrics and finishing tailored touches – such as collar styles, cuff styles, contrasting collar and cuff inlays and a variety of thread colours – to create a shirt that is completely unique to you; a custom made creation which really is the final word in subtly personalised luxury workwear.

With your shirt sorted, it comes down to pairing it with the perfect tie to complete the look. Brighten a dull Monday by shunning coordination in favour of colour clashes. Here are two ways to make a tricky workwear look work for you.


Tonal dressing works best when your accent is in the darker shade of the two. A tie in a clashing colour, in a shade darker than your shirt, will bring the eye down and elongate the torso.


Pairing your patterns is one of the easiest way to clash your shirt and tie. The key is to keep the pattern on your shirt small and go bigger on your tie. Gingham is set to be huge this summer, so try a gingham shirt paired with a wide-striped tie. Alternatively, striped shirts work well with ties in a small polka dot print, especially if you keep the colours tonal.

Have you seen our new arrivals from Eton? Visit Robinsons today to shop your colour clash combos and brighten your working week.