Funny really. I received part of an order I had placed with Drakes London the other day and as I looked at the neckties I was struck by how conservative my taste has become. Just in neckties mind you - I doubt whether any man who wears polka dot socks with his checked suits can accurately be called a conservative dresser.
But here we have four neckties. From the left, they are a light green twill solid, a subtle silver herringbone, a brown and ivory gingham and a lilac houndstooth. They are all one or two colors, and only the gingham has a pattern discernable from more than a couple feet away (there was supposed to be a madras silk in the bunch but it was the one that was back-ordered).
At any rate, as I wrote, I thought initially that the selection was just too dull this time. And then I reconsidered. There should be no more than one noticeable element in the day's clothes. Pair anything but a simple necktie with a suit or shoes that stand out, and there is considerable risk that one has gone too far.
Better safe than sorry.