A man can never have too many dark blue neckties. Solid blue, that is, like the one worn by the late Richard Merkin in the photograph. Indeed, if we were allowed only one color, dark blue in all its varieties would suffice. Midnight blue satin for evening. Navy blue cashmere for day wear in the fall. Navy blue silk shantung for summer. And the weaves: oxford, grenadine, knit, repp and poplin to name but a few. The weaves provide pattern without resorting to pattern.
Dark blue neckties complement jackets from blue through gray to tan and brown. In one shade or another they complement complexions of every type, and they are always correct.
Give me a dozen dark blue neckties and I will need no others.