Some people buy ties to go with a specific outfit. Others just buy ties that they like. Regardless of how you approach your tie buying, you still have to do it within the context of your wardrobe, otherwise outfits look incongruent. From what I've seen, you don't really have a "knit tie" wardrobe. Knits look good with tweeds, odd jackets etc. You also don't have the wardrobe for paisleys/repps. You seem to favor patterned suits/jackets and non white/blue shirts. When you have pattern/color is the suit or shirt, which are such large expanses of fabric, you can't go hog wild on the tie. Even if the patterns are small, it becomes too much IMO when you have a patterned suit, green, peach or whatever color shirt and a tie with 3/4 colors. edmorel & spoopoker are right. I agree about collars, have a look at what James Middleton & his father were wearing at that recent wedding (could be tied better but the idea is right). Here's some basic wardrobe combos: charcoal/grey suit + white shirt -> just about any tie. charcoal/grey suit + light blue shirt => yellows, greens, dash of red charcoal/grey suit + thin red striped shirt => grey tie Blue suit + white shirt -> red, maybe blue yellow tie. Blue suit + light blue shirt -> red tie, getting into dangerous territory Having more than one of patterned suit, shirt or tie starts looking odd. If you have a single colour shirt or tie, try textures to add interest. I really dont like shirts apart from white or pale blue, getting into solid teal or green or pink gets very difficult to coordinate.