Lady-killing vocal acrobat Justin Timberlake has already sung beautiful words about the humble suit and tie. What he fails to address, however, is the tricky task of matching your neckwear to your shirt. 

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to tying up, but achieving the right combination of patterns and colours can leave some of us at a loss. That’s why we’ve drafted in ASOS personal stylist James – a man who knows his sartorial oats and, moreover, has a fine-tuned eye when it comes to formalwear. Check out his guide to shirt and tie combinations below.