It's all in the sheen and the shade.
Does anybody actually hate all red ties? - Page 2
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IMO bright red dominates the overall appearance too much as it draws one's eyes to the tie and not much else.
I like darker reds/burgundies. And red reps and/or patterns.
Maybe the point is don't let the tie dominate the overall appearance? Like a large chested female - you may miss her face?
My impression is that SF's purported dislike of red ties is limited to solids; at least I haven't gotten the impression that a majority here object to red as a component in, say, a striped tie. That's certainly my position, at least.
It's crucial, however, to distinguish red from burgundy. Medium to dark burgundy and navy are two of the most versatile solid colors for ties in my opinion, and I'm pretty sure that others here share that opinion.
I have several burgundy ties that I wear frequently. It's fire-engine red that's just about impossible to do well IMO.
In response to OtherTravel's question, I'd say that tie is a bit too primary-color red for me. Not the worst I've ever seen, but I'd look for something a bit more on the burgundy end of things.