I appreciate your comments. The tie is actually burgundy and has a herringbone self pattern, something which is not apparent in the photograph. I am not certain this helps my case. I can tell from your posts that my taste (or lack thereof) regarding colour combinations differs drastically from yours. Perhaps I am beyond salvation in that respect. Having said that, I am extremely interested in hearing your comments regarding fit issues. I understand, however, that these are beyond the scope of this thread, which I will not derail any further.