An interesting fail, at least to me. I love this shirt with either a solid blue silk or blue pindot tie. Today, we're sitting under a marine layer, and it felt cold, so I wore a cashmere tie and the shirt looks way too vibrant. With a silk, it recedes into the background. It's bold but not too bold to my eyes, especially given that the whites are slightly blown out by the camera. Mid gray 15 ounce shark, pale blue broadcloth, Irish poplin tie, white linen hank, brown croc belt, blue w/red check wool socks, brown shell rain boots: This looks great. I like the look of regimental/association ties, but don't feel I could wear one on this side of the pond. It does somewhat limit the choice of striped ties. Throwing my hat into the ring. Here is what I wore today. You'll have to excuse the lousy iPhone bathroom shot because I don't have a proper full-length mirror and my point&shoot is on loan to my dad. Also, before anyone says "needs pocket square," explain to me why it's necessary. The stripes are a tad wider than I generally like, but they don't look bad. A PS breaks up the symmetry more effectively than an empty pocket, and assymmetry is generally more pleasing to the human eye.