Here is some of my thinking about ties and, particularly, about expensive ones. Â I almost never wear the same ensemble twice. Â Probably many others on this forum are that way too. Â Why? Â Because dressing is a creative act and after one has put together and worn an assemblage, it doesn't give the same thrill the second or third time. Â A painter would not make the same picture twice. Â He or she might do a variation on the theme, but not the identical one. Now, what are the typical components of a man's ensemble available to the creative dresser? suit (or odd jacket and trousers); shoes; cufflinks; sweater; shirt; tie; pocket square; socks. These items are listed in rough order of most to least expensive. Â So a well-dressed man, even a rich one, naturally will have many more of the items at the bottom of the list than of those at the top. Â It follows, then, that the component of a man's wardrobe most likely to be varied with each new assemblage is the tie, pocket square or socks. Â Of these three, the tie has a physical life shorter than others. Â It is touched by the hands a lot and also by the chin. Â From skin oil or cologne or whatever it gets dull. Â Moreover it always is up front, vulnerable to thread pulls, stains and so on. Â And, in my experience, a tie never is the same after a dry cleaning. Because of the above facts, I feel about the tie that it is somewhat of a disposable item. Â And, perhaps because of that feeling, I soon lose interest in any particular tie. Â Indeed it would be rare for me to wear the same tie more than three times. Â All this makes me think a really expensive tie is not a good wardrobe investment. Â I have a few, but tend to admire them in the closet rather than in the mirror. Â Better, methinks, to pick up ties by the dozen at the Zegna outlet store, for example. Â Often the creative pop comes into an assemblage from a fresh, bright, tie so one wants as many of them as possible.