Look at your ties. The white square is a default, but beyond that, let's assume you are on side with the neat ties suggested broadly in this thread. A few textured solids, couple of repps...but mostly neats. Navy, burgundy, and some greens/browns. For perfectly PS play, I agree with the principle that tie patterns and PS patterns should not be the same (neat PSs are surprisingly hard to use I think, and big paisley ties are only for Holdfast). But also, the key I think is contrasting the colour with the tie, while keeping the same tone. If you have a muted burgundy tie with blue florets, then a navy PS with a bit of burgundy in it is fabulous. If it also has spots of orange and green even better. But if one is bright and shiny and the other is a flat ancient madder, it's not going to fly.
- different patterns to your ties; usually small pattern ties, big pattern PSs is good
- similar tones to your ties, meaning you might need one or two that are duller and warmer in colour and/or texture, and one or two others that are more silky and brighter
- try to get patterns in which the dominant colour on display is the opposite to the dominant colour in the tie
And finally: when you buy the PS, think about how you fold it, because you need to think of which colour will actually be sticking out of your pocket, whether or not it's got pink elephants or brown birds or a yellow border.
Solid advice Any recommended vendors to look at for these?
I need to get a pair of suspenders to go with the Navy RL suit I just got.... Hmmmmm. This thread is going places