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post #11806 of 12560
I've seen the look unbel describes fairly often on British TV shows like Midsomer Murder. Mostly the episodes set on some country estate instead of in a town. Tweed suit, white ground tattersall shirt, striped tie, and white square points up. Always led me to wonder whether those depictions were fair or idealized a bit.
post #11807 of 12560
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I think he is referring to a far off time when the English were still English.

I see.
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Manton has already responded for me.
post #11809 of 12560
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

I and many likeminded fellows from the Edwardian era remain skeptical of this passing fancy for colorful shirts.

I feel sort of o/o for posting after this statement, though it was not my intent. The humor is not lost on me though.

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I would agree that a white shirt would be too urban and formal, and too stark a contrast to wear with country tweeds.  But the warm earth tones of cream, light beige, or tattersall check can look quite good, as tdude mentioned.  See these Esquire November 1934 images, posted recently on the London Lounge:

 

 

 

Here's Prince Charles wearing a tweed jacket with a cream colored shirt in 1979.  The beard would fit well at Pitti Uomo:

 


Edited by CrimsonSox - 1/15/14 at 12:46pm
post #11811 of 12560

On the topic of furnishings that are possibly too "city" for tweed, what's the word on pindot or Churchill dot squares? In ties, they're a very formal pattern (knits excepted), and I don't think I'd want to wear a pindot tie with a tweed jacket. But let's say I had a plain shirt, a tweed jacket, and a repp tie. White linen would be wrong, of course, but what if the tweed's pattern was such that a paisley square would look too busy? Would it make sense to stuff a dotted square in the pocket of the jacket?

 

What about with a paisley tie? I know there's are a few members who post in here who don't like paisley ties, of course.

 

Do you think the scale of the dots have a great bearing on the formality of the square, as they do on a tie?

post #11812 of 12560
The scale of the dots matters a lot. The bigger the more casual and greater the likelihood of success.
post #11813 of 12560
Thread Starter 
I wouldn't do a dot square, period.

Hey, that's a pun!
post #11814 of 12560
If it's that hard to find a PS for a tweed, just go without one.

Unless you're CEO of a pocketsquare company.
post #11815 of 12560
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I wouldn't do a dot square, period.

Hey, that's a pun!

It can be done to good effect, though I agree it is usually a fail.
post #11816 of 12560
Thread Starter 
I think I have one dot square, cream dots on a maroon ground. One of my very oldest squares, bought in SoCal when I was in grad school. Can't recallt the last time I wore it.
post #11817 of 12560
I have a bottle green one with large cream dots on it. It is slightly loud for a suit but works well with tweed.
post #11818 of 12560
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I think I have one dot square, cream dots on a maroon ground. One of my very oldest squares, bought in SoCal when I was in grad school. Can't recallt the last time I wore it.

I've also given up on dot squares.

If the dots are nice and small it's too much of a tie pattern for a square. If the dots are larger, it almost always looks a liite cheesy.
post #11819 of 12560
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

I have a bottle green one with large cream dots on it. It is slightly loud for a suit but works well with tweed.


Could one see this combination? To learn from, of course.

post #11820 of 12560
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

If it's that hard to find a PS for a tweed, just go without one.
Unless you're CEO of a pocketsquare company.

what if you are pocketsquareguy? derp

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on this topic, is the general consensus that PSs with neat patterns that pretty much look like they could be ties, no bueno? and if bueno are they hard to use well?
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