Choosing a necktie for its texture is one sign of a sophisticated dresser. Here Luca di Montezemolo, the man in the center of the photograph and a person we've admired several times in the past, complements his gray worsted with a navy knit.
Knitted neckties are just one way to add textural contrast. Irish poplin, silk grenadines, wool (or cashmere), and linen and silk combinations can each add more or less texture to an ensemble. Simple color combinations work best, so the eye is free from distraction and able to comprehend what's really going on.