Minimum of twelve ties is needed to make a well-dressed wardrobe. The first selection should be in basic colors to team with the suits and sports jackets. The second lot can be foulard (with a small pattern), club or paisley. Finally, a selection of striped ties in solid colors completes the picture.

The best material for a tie is silk, followed by a silk-polyester blend. The latter is perfect for business, since it does not crush easily. Woolen ties look bushy and should be teamed with similarly textured jackets.

Patterns of ties are myriad and each has its own appeal. Stripes are authoritative, polka dots fastidious. The paisleys speak a casual language and foulards are reliable. Do take care to coordinate your necktie collection with the rest of your wardrobe.