Originally Posted by DandySF
Ordering online always seems to result in a small surprise: --the sheen of a silk pocket square is a bit different than expected --the texture of a tie isn't quite what I thought it might be --the ribs on a sock aren't what I had in mind --the fit is a bit off --some niggling detail emerges as a slight annoyance There is simply no substitute for seeing and touching an item before you buy it, unless it's something that you're already quite familiar with. Granted, some people may live too far from the stores that sell what they think they might enjoy; in this instance, the slight risk of buying online might make sense.
DandySF, Have tried asking for swatches when you are interested in a tie or pocket square? I think Lands End is usually happy to send swatches and we are always happy to do so.