You might be very adept at pulling the perfect tie from your tie rack and matching it to your solid-colored shirt. The trends in recent years, however, emphasize a mix-and-match approach to fashion.
So how well do you fare at mixing stripes and patterns? You will honestly do better if you have a tie rack that can be removed from your closet while still securely holding all 30 ties in place. Then you can hold them up against your shirts.
As you are choosing, carefully note the dominant colors. Choose a tie with accents that use the same dominant color from your shirt.
If you want a checkered shirt with a differently checkered tie, the rule to follow is to always wear a smaller checkered print on your body and larger checks around your neck. With stripes you just have to make sure the stripes are not the same size. You can wear a large stripe on the tie as long as the shirt is a smaller stripe or vice versa.