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I have no desire to own even 100 ties. 50 is about my limit.
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At the same time? No.

It's like having books. Different moods, different occasions, different seasonal utility.

How many ties do you think a noob like me would need to reasonable satisfy the requirements of occasion and season?

 

By the way, I'm not trying to be judge-y; we all have our strange quirks and obsessions. Just trying to get a feel for how to go about building a tie collection.

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Also, while we're on the subject of grenadines, are there any colors you guys think are better in the piccola? I know I'll be ordering the charcoal gray/silver fina soon, and I figure I might as well try a piccola, too. I'm missing a forrest green or bitter chocolate in my wardrobe, but I'm also open to other colors.

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How many ties do you think a noob like me would need to reasonable satisfy the requirements of occasion and season?

 

By the way, I'm not trying to be judge-y; we all have our strange quirks and obsessions. Just trying to get a feel for how to go about building a tie collection.

 

I don't have 200 ties, maybe 100.

How about 24? 12 for spring summer 12 for fall winter.

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[...] I know I'll be ordering the charcoal gray/silver fina soon, and I figure I might as well try a piccola, too.  [...]

 

Out of curiosity, what will you be wearing the silver one with?

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Out of curiosity, what will you be wearing the silver one with?

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

I've seen some killer looks with that tie, a navy suit, and a white shirt (nothing too fancy but I usually need to be pretty CBD). That's an outfit I'll wear often enough to warrant having the tie just for that combination, but if you have any ideas for other combinations (not necessarily CBD, could be worn on the weekend), let me know!

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I don't have 200 ties, maybe 100.

How about 24? 12 for spring summer 12 for fall winter.

I could probably handle 24... pardon the naiveté, but what season would a grenadine typically fit in, or one of Hober's diamond weaves (I have two of those)... I never really learned which ties fit in with the seasons. I just know knit ties in the winter and maybe some twill or linen in the summer.

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Out of curiosity, what will you be wearing the silver one with?

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

I've seen some killer looks with that tie, a navy suit, and a white shirt [...]

 

I agree that it’s usually done with a white shirt.  This, of course, makes it a “low contrast” combination which won’t be to everyone’s liking. 

 

I’ve also seen it done with a charcoal suit, which of course raises the severity level a notch or two.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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I agree that it’s usually done with a white shirt.  This, of course, makes it a “low contrast” combination which won’t be to everyone’s liking. 

 

I’ve also seen it done with a charcoal suit, which of course raises the severity level a notch or two.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

My feeling (and I can't picture it exactly in my head), is that something would look off with the charcoal suit—not necessarily because they're both gray but because they're such different shades of it. I think if I was going to go for a gray suit with that tie, I'd do a mid-grey to try to get closer to the shade, Cary Grant style in NxNW.

 

Also, how did you get to do a nested quote? It always cuts off the original quote when I quote a subsequent post.

 

EDIT: now that I think about it, I think you could do a charcoal chalk stripe with the tie... the lighter stripes might bridge the gap a bit. Probably a bit flashy for the office, though.

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If done very intelligently, I bet it is possible to create a good tie rotation with 15

I like 24 though. I'd say 8 s/s, 8 f/w, and 8 all season
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If done very intelligently, I bet it is possible to create a good tie rotation with 15

I like 24 though. I'd say 8 s/s, 8 f/w, and 8 all season

Thanks for the advice. Is there some threak you know of where I can learn more about seasonal ties specifically? That's one of my several weak sartorial areas.

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If done very intelligently, I bet it is possible to create a good tie rotation with 15

I like 24 though. I'd say 8 s/s, 8 f/w, and 8 all season

Navy knit. Black knit. Done.
Possibly a brown one if you want to be extravagant.
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I'd say wool or cashmere ties fit into fall / winter, linen and cotton into spring / summer and most standard silks work in all seasons, though I like brighter ties a bit more in the spring and summer.
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I don’t know exactly how many ties I own, but it runs into three figures.  How many of these do I wear with any regularity?  Maybe 25.

 

I expect this is typical.

 

My current and future ties purchases are quite specifically targeted.  Most generally, I’m pretty much only buying ties where the length is right for me.  That means shorter than average (ca. 56”).

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Navy knit. Black knit. Done.
Possibly a brown one if you want to be extravagant.

Are you talking about just winter? And maybe it changes with a knit tie for winter, but I thought it was best to generally avoid black ties for use with suits.

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