I’ve read and seen conflicting things about wearing a shantung tie with fall/winter clothing. My instincts tell me that the rough hand of the silk will pair nicely with tweeds and flannels (shantung is as tweedy and flannel-y as silk can get), but, at the same time, will wearing a shantung tie with tweed be as out-of-context as wearing a madras tie with flannel? Alan from the Armoury seems to do it well here with what appears to be a heavy, rusty tweed:
Categorizing a shantung tie as strictly spring/summer seems rather arbitrary to me, especially when compared to say, a wool challis or cotton madras. I intentionally bought the most muted, subdued shantung ties (by Drakes, from Exquisite Trimmings), thinking that since the colors weren’t overtly seasonal I could wear them year round. I’m still on the fence, and I don’t usually get hung up on these things. It does seem arbitrary to preclude a tie that is dark green, maroon, and gold, just because of a little texture. If anyone has heard or seen different, let me know.