From your comments in MC & SWD, I think that we simply have very different tastes.
I don't understand your comment about the shirt neck - this is hardly a subjective matter, a shirt collar fits well when it doesn't choke you and when you can slip a finger or two (based on preference). So if I tell you that it's just right, then it's just right.
FWIW Butch I like the tie. A solid gray suit is so neutral it can be CBD'ed within an inch of its life with a white shirt and a navy grenadine, but there's something to be said for acknowledging the seasons and livening it up with a bright tie that is still business appropriate.
Nothing wrong with a lighter, more seasonal tie. But that doesn't mean that everything works. It can be springy or summery without being garish. Pastels often work wonders to convey a summery feel without being too out there.