Originally Posted by j
That shirt is kind of borderline. What I meant by 'substantial' is the stiffness of the collar band and collar. With that shirt, you might be able to wear a lightweight tie like a cotton knit, but it won't support a heavy silk tie. I think that one is more intended to be worn open collar and without a tie.
wmarson, I think J's points here are the most important to consider, the collar and the weight of the tie. If the collar doesn't look right, as if it can't stand up to having a tie with it, than you aren't going to look your best. The other challenge with matching ties with linen shirts besides the weight issue is that sometimes different fabrics just don't look right against linen, especially as the shirt begins to wrinkle with wear, as it usually does quickly.
Good luck figuring it out and let us know what you decide.