Originally Posted by kbe
I personally don't give a rats ass what anyone else thinks of my choice of a tie. I pick and wear what I like, 'right or wrong'. I wear it with gusto and if the viewer doesn't like it he/she can carry that irritation all by themself. I refuse to pick up and carry that opinionated burden.
kbe: I like your attitude! I have always been a clothing and fragrance individualist--and the heck with what anyone thinks!
However, the suit should "suit" the occasion in many instances. You cannot always be one's own man. Sometimes the work/social environment dictates the clothing when one is "on the clock" at work. Then again, when you are dressing for yourself or for a loved one--that's another matter.
Regimental stripes, foulards, pastels, jacquards...many choices!
However, do make sure you buy SILK! A synthetic fabric tie will slip easily and you will lose your nice knot and let your collar button show. Learn to tie different knots. The full-Windsor is my favourite. Very nice, hefty and symmetrical.