I recently purchased a white, linen, Zegna Napoli Couture pocket square (my first.) and have a couple of questions: 1) Why doesn't it look right on me?.??. Â I've tried multiple folds, but end up looking more like P.Diddy than C.Gable. Â Also tends to buldge. Â I'm 25, tall athletic build. Â What do you suggest? Â Tips on shaping it?
A correctly displayed crisp linen pocket square, whether folded in an ulta-conservative TV fold or a more dandyish multi-point fashion, is always proper. Â You didn't mention the dimensions of your Zegna pocket square, but if it is of standard size and is well pressed and properly folded, I can't imagine why it would bulge excessively. Â Perhaps that you don't see a linen square as flattering on you has to do with it being too conservative for your self-image. Â A patterned and/or colored silk pocket square has an undeniable insouciance which is quite attractive. Â You might rather stick to silk, unless the occasion calls for something more formal.
2) Should I cut the tag off that sucker? Â LA Guy once made a comment that made me laugh out loud about cutting the tags off all your clothes *gasp*. Â Every time a get close to the square with scissors, my hands start shaking. Â On the other hand, the tag is in a really bad place - near one of the edges making many traditional folds impractical because it would show. Â What would you do?
If you are unable to fold your pocket square for wear without display of the tag, I would say that removal is imperative; however, you should be able to fold your square in a manner that conceals the tag. Â Removal should be a last resort if damage to the material possible. Â Try one of these folds
; perhaps among them you can find one more personally appealing.