I'm not sure I'd consider a gray a staple, but it would certainly be in my first 15 ties if I were going to be wearing navy suits. At the moment, though, this tie from Henry Carter is a ridiculously good deal. Excellent, excellent knot. So I'd keep that as an option.
A little splurgy, but this is my favorite neat at ET at the moment. I would say that you would want a burgundy/wine neat as opposed to a burgundy/wine solid. For whatever reason, I wear my neats in that family more than the solids, as do a number of other people. That being said, I do love burgundy as a solid as well, and would probably introduce that into my collection around 15-20 ties in.
Something comparable and a bit cheaper in silk
Green is a wonderful color. That's really all I can say about it. You could go with something more olive or something more in the direction of forest green. I'm not sure I'd do both in the first 15 or so, at least in terms of neats.I own the above tie (Click to show)
Found a good one with a bit more olive from Henry Carter
I don't actually own a legit blue pindot, but I get why it's a staple. Gray suit and navy pindot is about as classic as you get.
If you end up not wanting that gray pindot, I'd go with a brown neat. ET has a few nice ones, but if you want something more interesting (while still being easily used), I'd suggest this guy from NMWA. Unfortunately, most stuff on NMWA is a little too pricey for large scale wardrobe building projects. And a lot of the stuff is a little out there (in a very, very good way). But it's a store to watch for sure.
Hrmmm....I like it. A lot. But that probably wouldn't be in my first 25. I'd get a more standard brown neat first. Though this other guy (same price) is nice and will work with any gray suits (as well as perhaps navy)
Navy solid is about as much a staple as a navy pindot. At first I was tempted to recommend something more in a dark blue, but if you end up with a suit a few shades lighter than navy (which hopefully you do), navy will probably work wonders with it. Silk navy is wonderful, but I figured I'd use my one wool recommendation on this. I also recommend Sam Hober. It's 13 USD to ship to you in the UK, but you need to get at least one tie from the man. It's sort of like a right of passage. It's bespoke and the customer service just makes you feel good inside.
I'd definitely have two greens in my first eight. Hober's oxford weaves tie an amazing knot and have a very rich depth of color.
And of course. You need a solid brown. And you need a solid grenadine.
Edited by Claghorn - 3/21/15 at 7:01pm