Originally Posted by bdbb
I have a multistripe tie that is mostly dark red with a bit of gold and deep blue that is by far my favorite tie. It became my "go-to" tie for interviews and ended up being worn pretty frequently. Now it's starting to get beat up a bit and the longevity on it wasn't that great because it wasn't a high quality tie to begin with, so I'd like to replace it with something else.
Of these ties, which would you pick? I don't think any of them are as nice aesthetically as the one I have although they're all of higher quality.
Agree, the first one. I'll go a bit further, though: the multistripe on satin trend appears to have run its course. (That shouldn't be considered a snark, just an honest observation.) Also, they all look a touch wide for current styles (again, sidebar here - that certainly wouldn't stop me from wearing something I liked, and as a big guy, the whole anemic Band of Outsiders-style tie has no appeal for me.)
If it were me and I wanted a versatile, long-wearing stripe, I would go to Brooks Brothers and buy a simpler repp stripe, maybe what they call a #1 Stripe. From personal experience, I can tell you one of the best ties to combine a navy suit/sportcoat and a white shirt with is the dark navy/white bar stripe tie. (Also, when the facing starts wearing through at the bottom edge, you can barely tell - the dark navy blends perfectly into the black warp.) Ben Silver makes a nearly encyclopedic line of authentic British regimentals and old-school ties, as well as some "regular" repp stripes. Robert Talbott used to as well, but I haven't seen the regimental line in stores for years; you can still find them on eBay. They also have the occasional, very handsome, simple and expensive stripe (repps and satins) in the BOC line.