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I have never seen a DB suit in my office. Plenty of horrible squares though.
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

I've been wearing DBs 3x per week this winter. 5 years ago I thought the medwards option was eccentric. Now I can't believe I'm 50% there.

I wore a bowler last week to a hat costume party. I've no idea how to wear hats.

I wouldn't hesitate to wear a hat if I could find one I think looks good on me.
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I don't know if it's different in the US but most squares seen here are of the solid silk variety, perfectly matched to the tie.

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Originally Posted by etkl View Post

Out of curiousity, for those of you who 1)work in offices in which professional men are required to wear suits and ties or 2)regularly interact with those men who do, what % actually wear DB's? pocket squares? hats? In my experiece, less than 1% wear any of them.

 

About a third of my suits are DBs, but skewed towards heavier weights, so I don't wear them in the summer. Hats never, pocket squares always.

 

Thinking about getting a mid-grey Rangoon as a DB for the summer, so perhaps they'll see some action over the summer as well.

post #8165 of 12577
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I am in midtown east every working day where 80% of the men are in suits, and these days around a third to half have a PS.

Wow, that just isn't my experience. I'll have to pay closer attention next time I'm in NYC.
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Wow, that just isn't my experience. I'll have to pay closer attention next time I'm in NYC.

It is also a location thing, if you are in times square it will be different than if you are in Greenwich village and so on.
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

That would depend on the other colors you're wearing.

Perhaps skin tone is an unaddressed factor in the differing preferences between a white linen or cream silk pocket square? I'd assume a white linen pocket square would be less of a draw when worn by someone with fair skin? Also perhaps the same could be said for cream silk and people with more olive colored skin? I like both but perhaps skin tone plays a role in the contrast factor.
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It is also a location thing, if you are in times square it will be different than if you are in Greenwich village and so on.

 

That is true, and the NY scene changes every few blocks. I'm guessing Manton works close to the Seagram building, which is an area heavily populated by private equity firms (most of whose employees wear suits every day).

 

I'm on sixth, and I'd say easily less than half wear suits.

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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

About a third of my suits are DBs, but skewed towards heavier weights, so I don't wear them in the summer. Hats never, pocket squares always.

Thinking about getting a mid-grey Rangoon as a DB for the summer, so perhaps they'll see some action over the summer as well.

To be clear, I don't have any issue with DB's and PS's and, in fact, I own many of each. I don't always wear squares mostly because I'm to lazy in the morning to work out the combinations. However, in my experience, not many professional people I see on a daily basis wear either
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I don't always wear squares mostly because I'm to lazy in the morning to work out the combinations.

 

And that is why God made white linen squares!

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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

And that is why God made white linen squares!

I don't always wear PS's, but when I do, I usually reach for the white linen.
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I am in midtown east every working day where 80% of the men are in suits, and these days around a third to half have a PS.

I can report that PSs are also quite common in downtown DC. Maybe not Capitol Hill, but around the Chinatown/Dupont area, many of the suit-wearing men will be wearing a square. Not a third, but maybe a fifth? Enough that everybody knows what they are and don't really think they look crazy weird. Definitely more common than DBs.
post #8173 of 12577
I like PS's. I work in the financial district of Boston and they don't appear to be common at all, but I think Boston is really lacking in the style department so maybe my city isn't much of a barometer.
post #8174 of 12577
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

A little but only slight. I was alive at the time, ahem. I never saw them in NorCal ever. They were popular among certain west side swells in LA. back east, also, you would see them though not in the prestige houses of law and banking. Flusser was a big proponent and had some influence through CatM (1985), Wall Street (1987) and his shops. But DB was still quite rare, nothing like what it was from say 1930-1952/3.

I worked at one of these law firms in the mid to late 80s and remember DBs being if not common, not at all unusual.
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Originally Posted by etkl View Post

Maybe it is a New York thing, but I see very few lawyers on a percentage basis, including those from NY, who wear PS's.

Even here in San Diego, they're pretty common amongst lawyers, at least the ones I see in court who may be more flamboyant than transactional types.

Nore,

I acquired my first fedora this year, mostly for trips back to the frozen east. It's a vintage, light blue/grey with a brown ribbon. Seems pretty easy to wear with just about everything but as light as it is gets more attention than a mid-grey.

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I also work in Midtown. I could count on both hands the number of times I have seen a man in a DB suit in the last 5 years. I see at least one man with a PS every day, usually more. Granted, it's usually an egregious PS fail, but that's nothing surprising.
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