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post #3166 of 3839
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

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. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The square in your pic isn't one I would get. Like most squares that are available, it's a nice fabric that somebody just decided to turn into a pocket square. It doesn't look like it's fabric designed with destination pocket square in mind. Somebody with a good eye can pick through these kinds of fabrics and find ones that would make good squares, but it's not easy. Vanda falls into this category. A lot of what they use are kimono silks. They have more hits than misses IMHO. Put This On pocket squares are in this category too. Most of the squares sold by even the top quality menswear companies - Brioni, Attolini, Armani, Zegna - are neat-patterned silks that I don't think wear very well in general.

For a motif square in action, here's a link to timo's post in the good taste thread:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309586/whnay-s-good-taste-thread/6075#post_6125320

It looks like the square is probably a motif but I can't be sure. There are a bunch on my tumblr too if you want to take a look. I think Manton and foo.gif both have Rubinacci Victory squares they wear pretty often.

If you meant a link to an example of a square to buy, there aren't that many options. The reason is that the designs are usually proprietary once they are made, and they are expensive to make. It takes a lot of consideration and expertise to design something that looks good on its own, but also performs well as a square, showing a variety of colors that will then also be compatible with a wide array of outfits. You're probably going to pay a few grand to get a good design, and it takes a bunch of square sales to get that back.

The most affordable ones would be Kent Wang, which are mostly using already existing images as pocket squares. I don't own any of these personally, but many look like they would make good squares. Then you've got Drakes and Rubinacci, which are more costly, but make really beautiful squares of their own design. The Drakes in silk/wool blends for FW and cotton/silk for summer are very nice.

For the absolute best in designing and printing motif squares, there is Hermes. They are true works of art. But they usually cost a few hundred dollars.

Anyway, more of my thoughts on pocket squares here (sorry for the tumblr plug):

http://ivorytowerstyle.tumblr.com/post/34657036025/my-favorite-pocket-square-makers
post #3167 of 3839
Thanks everyone for extremely informative answers.
Particular thanks to you unbelragazzo for such a comprehensive post!
post #3168 of 3839
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

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?


I find that the small, neat tie patterns are subtle and harmonize best with simple linen or cotton squares such as these.

Note, that due to the simplicity of color and pattern, the small details of border and fabric weave pattern are more evident and enjoyable. For that reason, it is worthwhile purchasing the best you can find verses plain linen or cotton:

White linen from A Suitable Wardrobe:




Blue and white cotton from Simonnot-Godard:

post #3169 of 3839
Someone suggested to me that PS fabrics are seasonal, e.g. cotton in the winter and linen in the summer. I disagree; your thoughts?
post #3170 of 3839
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Originally Posted by TheMangelo View Post

Someone suggested to me that PS fabrics are seasonal, e.g. cotton in the winter and linen in the summer. I disagree; your thoughts?

I wear the two above year round. White linen looks good year round. Linen prints usually look best in warm weather. In general, most cotton prints look best in warm weather months. But this simple classic blue can work well with many winter tweeds. I think it provides an especially nice contrast of texture and material agains a cashmere or wool tie in winter.


Here is a cotton that I wear in warmer weather, but wore it yesterday with a blue blazer because it felt like Spring in California. (Sunny 60 degrees)

post #3171 of 3839
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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 feel the EXACT same way and am highly interested in opinions.....
post #3172 of 3839
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Originally Posted by zeero3 View Post

I feel the EXACT same way and am highly interested in opinions.....

The trick is to go with a paisley in a sufficiently large scale that it is not identifiable as a paisley when used as square. A small paisley is too close in size to most ties anyways.
post #3173 of 3839
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Originally Posted by zeero3 View Post

I feel the EXACT same way and am highly interested in opinions.....

I'm a creative in a creative field, so my experience in stuffy boardrooms is limited. How formal are you talking about?

If you mean any lounge suit in your definition of "more formal," then my mileage varies. If a classic design such as a tasteful paisley is too playful to wear with a lounge suit, there's little room for any whimsy at all.
post #3174 of 3839
Popping over from SW&D. Can I get a suggestion as to what would be a good choice for this jacket and fit?


click for details and natural lighting (Click to show)




I feel like white linen is not quite perfect here. I'm thinking some type of paisley as the fit needs some pattern, but i'm not entirely sure what colour.

Would this work?
post #3175 of 3839
I'm a noob at putting PSs together with Tshirts but how about this?
http://www.exquisitetrimmings.com/products/Pocket-Squares/Renaissance-Print.html

The one you picked isn't summery enough for your jacket and is too obnoxious about connecting to the red of the trousers IMHO.
post #3176 of 3839
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

I'm a noob at putting PSs together with Tshirts but how about this?
http://www.exquisitetrimmings.com/products/Pocket-Squares/Renaissance-Print.html

The one you picked isn't summery enough for your jacket and is too obnoxious about connecting to the red of the trousers IMHO.

yes, that's nice actually.

Not sure whether there's enough contrast with the blazer though.
post #3177 of 3839
Hard to tell without seeing both in person, but keep in mind most of what you'll be showing is the blue/brown/cream middle part and not the edge which seems closer to the jacket.
post #3178 of 3839
Also, I am preemptively kindly requesting no 5-page debate on hendrix's use of the word "blazer"
post #3179 of 3839
actually I don't care if there's minimal contrast, I kinda want something that I can just leave to sit in the jacket and not have to worry about it clashing with anything else. So that's a great suggestion, cheers.
post #3180 of 3839
Cashmere square.
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