Stripes and solids are also the traditional predominant approaches to grenadines, woven silk with a slightly pebbly hand that can be either coarse (called grossa) or fine (fina). But today grenadines can also be found in natty dots and small geometric patterns which are a bit more sophisticated and seem to work better with dressier suits.
One particular pattern that we do tend to associate with summer is the polka dot. Classically in navy with white spots – dark blue and white are the great nautical colours of summer – the polka dot silk tie is the straight up choice with a white dress shirt and solid grey suit. White spots on brown, green, black, and burgundy grounds are estimable alternatives to navy, and provide a deceptively simple refinement with linen suits shades of brown from lightest cream to darkest coffee.
Lighter and brighter foulards tend to have an elegantly understated effect, a more playful and spirited excursion if you will that signals a confident individualism at work. Warm weather foulards tend towards pastels and jewel-tones – handsome without being flashy -- to brighten a sedate ground: India pinks, saffron yellows, and lawn greens on khaki, chocolate, and azure grounds always play well with tan poplin suits or seersucker jackets.
And finally, if the cashmere knit tie is an icon for winter sophistication, surely the silk knit holds the same position for spring and summer. In either solid colours – not the dark browns and greens of autumn, but the lighter blues, greens, lavenders, fuchsias, and canaries) – or with woven spots for a bit of discreet dash. After all, it’s not about being singled out, is it? It’s about being remembered.