The wool challis tie is perfect for this time of the year and pairs well with tweed and corduroy jackets for when you want to add a different texture. The fabric is made with a sturdy but soft simple weave and is a good alternative to the more expensive cashmere tie. Classic options can be found at the bastions: Ralph Lauren, O’Connell’s, Paul Stuart, J.Press, and Cable Car Clothiers. The grey challis tie above is one of mine from Franco Bassi, an Italian maker.

A Ralph Lauren Polo ad featuring a challis tie in dark green.