Friday, May 4, 2012
The basic neckties in a wardrobe should be solids, for the same reason that the first couple of suits should be solid colors, and that is to minimize the frequency of "Didn't he wear that necktie last time?" thoughts by his observers. Solid does not however mean boring. Many of the world's best dressed men have worn little but solid neckties, as attested by today's photographs of men in roles that were definitely not dull.
The role of the necktie you see is to contrast with the wool of the jacket and this is done with more sophistication using texture rather than color. Woven silks are better than printed for that job, and in my opinion the core of a tie wardrobe should be comprised of silk knits, grenadines, satins and oxfords in black, silver and navy. Especially navy. Indeed, a black knit, a black and a silver grenadine and four navy ties in the aforementioned weaves will get a man through his life and do it quite stylishly. Whether they form the basic core of a necktie wardrobe or suffice without further supplement is merely a matter of personal preference.
Posted by Will at 7:28 AM