If every lady should have a ‘little black dress,’ then every man should have a black tie in his wardrobe. It is of course true that black is often seen as a overly sombre, even funereal colour. That is too bad since there’s so much more to black than that. An all-black tie, whether classic or skinny cut, contrasts gorgeously with white and a host of other colours, including pastels. Two-toned patterned ties featuring black as one of the colours can be especially impressive. Equally stunning are floral or other patterned ties that have strong black elements. Everything looks bolder and more dramatic when outlined or accented with black. Furthermore, a black tie can add more sophistication and gravitas to your outfit. That’s why you should consider black the ‘statement colour’ of your tie collection. Your black tie will look as good at a high-powered business meeting as it will at a chichi cocktail party. Astute best describes the man who appreciates how black can add dimension and even a little drama to his wardrobe.