I'm wearing this as I speak. It's hard to find a blue tie that's not too dark. This is it. NOTE: these ties are exquisitely THIN (not the width/height dimension, but the thickness of the fabric. This has a delicate elegance, and ties a better knot than a tie with "thick" fabric. Also, imho cotton is superior to silk - something about cotton gives a softer finish. These ties are beautiful fabric and colors.