I bought the plain cotton white pocket square off tie bar and numerous people have made the exact same comment.
White pocket square problem?
Again, if you say it's happened numerous times, I take your word for it. I'd just like to know where these people are. (At a recording studio in Los Angeles, an accounting firm in Montana, a municipal government office in Vermont, or what?)
I tend to agree with mensimageconsultant, that a different fold would presumably address the problem. I mean, I can't imagine people wondering if it's a notecard, if it's, say, a silk pocket square worn in "puff" style, as opposed to a cotton or linen square worn in a tv/presidential fold. Although who knows? Maybe they'll just think it's a crumpled up notecard. In which case, perhaps a colorful, patterned, silk square, worn as a puff, would work. But by that point it seems to me you'd be working too hard in response to the problem.
Oh, something occurs to me -
This isn't one of those pocket squares that's actually stapled or otherwise permanently attached to a piece of cardboard, is it? Forgive me for asking, it's just that I've seen silk (or maybe polyester) pocket squares sold that way, pre-folded and attached to cardboard. I suppose the rationale is that they'll always be properly folded, or they'll be less likely to drop down into your pocket, or something. They're a horrible idea, sure. But if that's what you're wearing, I guess I could maybe understand someone getting confused. Maybe. If I really try. Since if they see a silk square behaving as if it were stiff, I guess it could confuse them. I mean, it's a reach, but still...
As something of an aside, the shirt/tie go together well enough, due to the vastly differing scale in the patterns. Although I agree with msulinski that the shirt is a little casual for the suit and tie. Also, with that collar, I'd probably tie a somewhat larger/fuller knot than the one pictured.
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 6/1/13 at 2:01pm
If I was a betting man I would wager that the OP is younger- in the current sweatpants and hoodies era a pocket square would be a rare sight.
What really matters is that you know what it is. I'll concur with the earlier statement- if you are wearing a linen square, make the angle of the square match that of the pocket. Show a uniform 1/3 inch of the square at the angle of the pocket. That will tone it down a bit- which is what linen PS's are best at.
Edited by AmericanGent - 6/1/13 at 3:54pm
Thanks everyone for the great feedback!
To clear a couple things up:
Yes, I'm a student not a working professional, although one of the comments was from a teacher who worked in the finance industry.
Funny story, I did actually put a placeholder inside the pocket square so that it has a sharper look to it. The main reason for this is that the pocket of my jacket is not exact to the length of the ps so when I insert the ps it will either reveal too much of itself and look shabby or fall inside and no longer be visible (if I fold it). To get around this I cut a card to fit just a little bit over the edge of the jacket and wrapped the ps around that and ironed it. Was this a bad idea? Any other solutions to the problem?
I don't understand how one can have that much control over the ps and have it stay in that exact size without changing a little throughout the day. Without using a placeholder I don't really get how you can make the ps look sharp and sleek like these pictures
And I agree that a different knot would be better for that collar but I have a roundish face so fatter knots don't look good on me. Maybe I should just avoid wearing this shirt with a tie?
More to the point, if this is what's caused people to ask you if you're wearing a notecard in your pocket (which seems possible), wouldn't that pretty much indicate that it's a practice you might want to discontinue?
If the pocket is so deep that your pocket square falls down into it, you can start buying larger pocket squares. Or consider stuffing some kleenex or another pocket square or something into the bottom of your pocket, thus reducing its effective depth. Or, heck, even putting a piece of tape halfway down your pocket, to sort of keep your pocket square from slipping. Or maybe using a small safety pin in a similar way.