Challis is better suited for A/W, if for no other reason that it looks great paired with tweeds and cashmeres, or flannel suits. Not quite optimal for summer stuff, although it will probably look less out of place than a fuzzy cashmere tie. But I wouldn't do it.
As a summer tie I like silk knits better than grenadines; also linen, linen/silk blends, and cottons
Today's stuff: the only summer jacket I have available, since my two seersuckers are at the tailor. One is RTW and needs to have the sleeves shortened, and the other is my new MTM, which I'm quite disappointed with; for some reason it came with extremely low armholes (with subsequent extra-full sleeves), when it was clearly specified that they should have been made an inch and half higher than the block pattern. It looks like they are an inch and half lower instead. My tailor is going to try reducing them from the top but I'm not sure what will come out of it; probably something I won't be willing to pay for. They got armhole depth right on the previous commission so I have no idea what went wrong. In any case I'm done with MTM, I've had enough bad experiences with it.
This one below was my first MTM attempt, from last year (awfully low armholes as well, sigh)
Edited by RDiaz - 6/27/13 at 8:52am