Saturday, September 18, 2010
The equation is simple. A silk necktie is slightly better looking paired with a square that provides a contrast of texture and vice versa. With worsted suitings, that is usually the sheen of a silk necktie paired with a linen handkerchief. But in cool weather, a change of pace that adds texture to an ensemble is a pairing of a wool or cashmere necktie with the gleam of a silk square. This is more common with tweed and flannel jacketings but can look great with worsteds as well.
The cashmere necktie wardrobe should consist of perhaps half a dozen choices, starting with gray and navy solids. They should be complemented with combinations in shades of those same two base colors with or without some brown. Stripes are the easiest to find but suiting patterns such as glen checks and houndstooths are perhaps even more desirable given their relative rarity.
Try the cashmere necktie.