My suspicion is that the moire of the tie is an artifact of the photo processing, and it's actually fairly subdued. In fact, upon second look, I wonder if the overall vibe I find objectionable may be entirely due to the oversaturation and graininess of the photo. But I don't love the cardi no matter what.
Ok, I'm happy to conduct a little experiment. If you can give some concrete suggestions about what would have worked, e.g. "brown tie, grey sweater" as hayward mentioned, I will do that (providing I have what you're asking) and repost the picture.
No egos will be bruised in the making of this ...
Perhaps a solid grenadine/knit and a darker, more subdued hank could rescue this.
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Is that a brown blazer or a suit with brass buttons?