Once a man has a few solid blue neckties (for a navy oxford weave, knit, pindot and perhaps a midnight blue satin are the place to begin) forming a minimalist necktie wardrobe, he is ready to branch out a little and increase his inventory to about a dozen. I would choose two grenadines next, in silver and in black, and only after I had those would I consider anything patterned, like the buff madder with black and red paisley in the photo that can flex between almost formal and fairly casual, complementing tweeds as well as pin stripes.
Paisleys are more memorable than solids of course, and more of a special occasion tie than something for weekly wear. A less memorable though still unique tie to consider sooner rather than later is a cashmere like the navy with natural overcheck in the second photo. Meant to complement flannel most of the time, it is also plain enough to pair with a worsted suit when the occasion calls for a touch of the dandy.
Add a seasonal summer tie like the shantung silk in the third photo as the warm weather version of the paisley. Pick up three conservative foulards (something in gray, and two more discreeet patterns in navy) to fill out the dozen and that is a solid beginning to a necktie wardrobe. The satin tie is for evening but can be worn with flannel; the shantung, paisley, cashmere, oxford weave and knit will serve for casual occasions as well as the work week; and there are half a dozen choices for office variety.
Photos: Drakes London