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post #3151 of 3811
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I was in Carmel today and stopped by the Robert Talbott store. Honestly, I haven't been very impressed with their ties or pocket squares for many years now but then I saw these. These may be some of their best ever for spring/summer.

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Nice Jacobean print. I'm a fan and they work great for squares.
post #3152 of 3811
Could someone kindly make some suggestions for pocket squares to go with silk print floral neats?
I have dozens of the kind with small-scale flowers, in navies, blues, greens, burgundies ... what's the go-to Classic menswear pocket square for these?
post #3153 of 3811
^ Try something in a large, overall paisley design. Actually, just about any large, free-form design should contrast nicely with an orderly, small-scale pattern.
post #3154 of 3811
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Originally Posted by FlaneurNYC View Post

^ Try something in a large, overall paisley design. Actually, just about any large, free-form design should contrast nicely with an orderly, small-scale pattern.

 

Like this?

 

post #3155 of 3811
I was thinking even more free-form than that. Though I can see that working in certain cases. Something like this pattern (not necessarily the colorway or finesse of the design) is what seems to work for me in the case where I want a patterned PS with a small-scale neat tie:



I have a Drakes that works for me very well in this case, but I'm getting ready for work and can't photograph it right now and an image search doesn't bring it up...
post #3156 of 3811
Thanks for the suggestions, but don't you think the density and busyness of the designs of those paisleys will clash with the neat flowers? Generally the ties I'm talking about have varicoloured flowers in a fairly dense grid on a sober ground. This sort of thing:




post #3157 of 3811
The density doesn't clash, it complements. What you DON'T want is another neat-style pattern on the pocket square. This is pretty much guaranteed fail.
post #3158 of 3811
Well okay, I'll definitely try out some large scale paisley. Thanks for the suggestions.
Surely there are other options too, though? How about large-scale checks or lozenges of some sort?
post #3159 of 3811
The secret is motif squares. Motif squares are the way to go.
post #3160 of 3811
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

The secret is motif squares. Motif squares are the way to go.

Could you link an example or two, please? (Whenever it's convenient for you do so.)

Also, is this square wearable with a sober neat tie? The colour and shade contrast would be very high, but normally neat-with-neat doesn't work.
post #3161 of 3811
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Also, is this square wearable with a sober neat tie? The colour and shade contrast would be very high, but normally neat-with-neat doesn't work.
 

You'd have to get it drunk first. rimshot.gif

 

I'm gonna say no, because the scale and pattern type are different. It would end up looking like a negative image of a dark neat tie sitting in your pocket.

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post #3163 of 3811
The thing about the paisleys is that I find their playfulness to be dissonant with more formal clothing. A silk neat tie is just the right amount of playfulness -- I feel a loud paisley square in addition to the floral tie is going to tip the balance a little too far. That limits the paisley's versatility a little, in my view. Fine idea to buy a few, but I don't think they can be my go-to for all the neat ties I have. Agree/disagree?
post #3164 of 3811
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

The thing about the paisleys is that I find their playfulness to be dissonant with more formal clothing. A silk neat tie is just the right amount of playfulness -- I feel a loud paisley square in addition to the floral tie is going to tip the balance a little too far. That limits the paisley's versatility a little, in my view. Fine idea to buy a few, but I don't think they can be my go-to for all the neat ties I have. Agree/disagree?

I was thinking more everyday wear. If I were to go more formal, I might skip pattern altogether and use a plain square with a contrasting rolled hem. Or maybe even plain linen.

T&A has some pretty sedate paisleys that I would not feel were out of place with more sober clothing.


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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

The secret is motif squares. Motif squares are the way to go.

This, too. Big fan of motifs!
post #3165 of 3811
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

The thing about the paisleys is that I find their playfulness to be dissonant with more formal clothing. A silk neat tie is just the right amount of playfulness -- I feel a loud paisley square in addition to the floral tie is going to tip the balance a little too far. That limits the paisley's versatility a little, in my view. Fine idea to buy a few, but I don't think they can be my go-to for all the neat ties I have. Agree/disagree?

for me it depends on the paisley. Ive found a dark ancient madder paisley is very versatile and can work well with a neat tie. Now the squares davesmith posted above would be far too loud with a neat...and would work best with a solid or discreetly patterned tie. YMMV
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