What colors/etc. would go best with this specific tie?

So I’m going to a wedding in a couple of months. The dress code, such as it is, is “dressy casual.” As I’m not part of the wedding party (home base is quite a distance away), I have free reign.

Now, I’ve got this gold colored tie with patterns on it shaped like My Melody that my parents somehow got (they can’t remember how), and I thought it’d be funny to wear to the wedding (and the friend getting married agrees). Problem is, what colors and such would go best with it? I’m not going to wear a full suit, given the dress code, so any general suggestions on what would have the tie not stand out TOO too much? I’m hapless when it comes to this kind of thing.

Thanks in advance.

I could advise you but I don’t know what exact shade of gold and what the heck is a “My Melody” pattern? perhaps you could post a pic of the tie on a white back ground?

Dark purple or royal blue look good as a background for gold, but that will make it stand out (which you said you didn’t want). White or cream will work and the gold will stand out less.

Hello Kitty’s rabbit friend, I think.

Why would you not just include a pic with your post? Do you not know how to take one?

Uh, because I didn’t think it’d be necessary. I didn’t know the color “gold” had “shades.”

So here’s the photo I sent my friend to show him the tie. It’s in the box, but the box is on top of a beige blanket. Should be good enough, though.

And now that I look closer, that’s not really My Melody; just a generic bunny. It’s how my mom described it, though, and the general “atmosphere” about the tie still stands.

Uh-oh. Gold, cream, blue, black?! Take a picture at the wedding and be the sequel to What Color Is This Dress?!

Whatever color tie you think it is, there will be variables. I was gonna post about your blue tie, but decided against it on preview.

Cream shirt, greenish-brown pants, and a loose-ish jacket two shades darker than the shirt.

All in good quality cotton, heavily pressed - it will relax over the hours.

That’s a tricky color to match, so ask a couple of people for feedback.

Pretty much what j666 said.
Yes there are different shades of “Gold” in fabric. Some are more yellow, some are more “red” or coppery/bronzy looking and some (as your tie is) are more metallic looking. Even within your own tie, the pattern gives the illusion of a darker shade of gold in alternating squares with the bunny.

As far as the bunny… AH! the bunny thing I am vaguely familiar with, did not know it is associated with Hello Kitty or that it is called My Melody. Ignorance Fought.

What exactly does “two shades darker” mean? What is a “shade”?

One shade darker just doesn’t match, but two shades darker provides a subtle contrast.

The contrast color in the tie is three shades darker.

How do you define “one shade” though? It seems to be a meaningless word to me. How much darker is a shade?

You fashonistas are so wishy-washy! Leaper, I give you 2 definitive choices:

This, sans the jacket but with the hat and shoes;
or this, again sans jacket but with shoes (and bottles!).

I can promise you that the tie will not stand out too much. Or at all.

Does thinking of a paint swatch help?

No, I could make a paint swatch that had twice as many shades as that. Or I could remove some of the shades. What is the definition of a shade? Just how much darker is it? There’s an advertisement for washing powder here that claims to make whites come out “three shades whiter”. This seemed like meaningless advertising speak to me, I could sell the same powder and claim it makes whites 1000 shades whiter. But here is someone in this thread using the term in the same way, and I have no idea what it is supposed to mean in real terms. If I see a gold tie and a darker jacket, how do I know the darker jacket is three shades darker and not ten shades darker? Is there a commonly understood number of shades between white and black that I’m unaware of or is it entirely subjective?

This. You can differentiate one shade from another, but it’s not possible to quantify how much a shade is. “Two shades darker” is meaningless.

I think a dark green suit would look nice with that tie. You could do a pale green shirt. Black shoes.

I guess it’s like pornography, you know it when you see it.

So your fashion advice to someone on the internet hinges on a quality that you know when you see but you can’t describe? Do you understand what I’m getting at here? It’s like someone asking what number goes well with 1.467 and telling them to choose a number that is three numbers more. I’m not trying to be difficult, I thought there might be an accepted definition of “shade” in a fashion sense along the lines of 10% darker or something.