If someone put a gun to my head and told me I could only wear solid grenadine ties for the rest of my life, I’d manage. Quite well, in fact. Other than silk knit ties, grenadines are my absolute favorites.
A staple of Sean Connery’s Bond kit, grenadine is a light, airy, gauze-like weave of silk, producing a truly sublime, elegant texture with a solid color. For ties, I’m partial to the versatility of black, dark navy and gray.
Because of the complexity of the weave, grenadines are often more expensive than regular silk ties. But this is an instance of where a splurge is totally justified. That said, there are some nice options on the more affordable end of the spectrum:
Chipp sells ties in Italian grenadine in a spectrum of colors with a perfect peak width of 3.25 inches for $55.
Charles Tyrwhitt sells an Italian grenadine in a gorgeous navy with a peak width of 3.1 inches for $59.
Like the silk knit tie, the grenadine is an elegant and sophisticated whisper in the cacophony of loud sartorial one-upmanship.