Navy blue foulard ties or solid blue or wine red ties are not sufficient. The necktie collection must offer other possibilities. Which direction should it take?
The art seems to be finding unusual and adventurous ties that don’t become garish. In that respect you should be on gard for saturated colours and shiny textures. They can be difficult to control, and they will have a tendency to stand out in comparison with your cotton shirt and wool suit or wool jacket. Large patterns are in fact easier to apply. Perhaps people with a reddish complexion can get away with a saturated or shiny tie. Most of us should take care though.
Adventurous ties that are rich and modest
Recently, in T.S. Eliot’s poem “Prufrock” (1917), I read that he was wearing a nectktie that was “rich and modest”. I think those two adjectives in combination can serve as a brilliant guideline, both when you look for normal business ties, and when you look for adventurous ties.
Rich & modest.
The ties above are made-to-measure from E. G. Capelli.
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