Mix and match patterns for a bold look

When it comes to work ties, many men play it safe - but with summer in the air, it's time to start getting creative with patterns and colours.

Gone are the days of matching a patterned or striped tie with a solid-coloured shirt. Today's men's style can incorporate multiple patterns, colours and textures - as long as each item is carefully chosen to complement the entire outfit.

For example, patterned ties look great with pinstriped shirts - and as long as your shirt and tie feature complementary colours, there is no reason why you can't wear both together.

Patterns and colours are also an interesting way to update the current trend for colour blocking - creating an outfit by featuring 'blocks' of solid, bright colours.

The secret to successful colour blocking is to choose bright and contrasting, yet complementary, shades - think royal blue with a brilliant yellow tie, for example, or mint green paired with aubergine.

If you are keen to explore new style trends in 2012, but don't see what you are looking for in the stores, turning to the web can be the perfect solution.

You can order custom ties in any colour combination - whether you are shopping for work ties or a special event, you'll find there are plenty of options to choose from.