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post #61 of 70
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Originally Posted by mrjester View Post

I went to a wedding a few months ago and one of my friends told me I "looked good but need to work on matching more." He had a grey shirt and black pants, looked like he was ill-dressed for a funeral. I tried to explain men's style isn't about matching, it's about 'going well' together. It was lost on him.

 

I had the same exact thing happen to me! After she jokingly said she was disappointed in my mismatched tie and PS, I wanted to punch her in the face, but she was a) the bride and b) pregnant.
post #62 of 70
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Originally Posted by Ivar View Post

The pocket square is an integral part of the suit-and-tie ensemble. You just aren't fully dressed without it. I sometimes prefer to forgo it when I'm ditching the tie, however, and with casual ensembles, it usually looks misplaced.

 

This is entirely untrue. As with any other accessory, it may be appropriate or not given the wider context, and the specifics of what else you are wearing. In some circumstances a square can give a perfect lift to an outfit, in others it can be the straw that breaks the camel's back... and that's really all you can say.

post #63 of 70
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Originally Posted by lwmarti View Post

Even worse are people who buy pre-folded, sewn-in-position pocket squares. What's the point? As someone previously mentioned, the whole point of wearing a PS is for those events that happen every few years where you can help out a woman in distress, and you definitely can't do that with one of the pre-folded, sewn-in-position versions. 

 

Come to think of it, as was previously mentioned, women tend to love pocket squares. Perhaps what's really behind this is the fact that by wearing one that you're openly saying that you're there to help them if they need a handkerchief to wipe away tears or to handle an unexpected makeup emergency. And maybe that's as appealing as the spiffy color. In any event, I thought of that because those pre-folded squares definitely aren't useful for that purpose, and as far as I can tell, really deserve to be rated significantly below pre-tied bow ties. 

Now maybe this is because the women I associate with and work with don't see themselves as damsels in distress, but over here the general opinion of pocket squares is seen as unnecasirily over the top.

Then again, this is classic manswear, so it's also for men liking classic women with "traditional" viewpoints? fight[1].gif

post #64 of 70
If you are wearing a pocket square for the one-in-a-million chance that a woman may need one for tears or a make up emergency, you are a massive tool.
post #65 of 70
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

If you are wearing a pocket square for the one-in-a-million chance that a woman may need one for tears or a make up emergency, you are a massive tool.

For some reason, I'd always believed that the pocket square that goes in one's breast pocket is purely for decoration. If one wants to be chivalrous, one should carry something non-decorative elsewhere. Not really practical though. I seem to recall Cary Grant reaching somewhere inside his jacket to offer Audrey Hepburn's character something to cry on in Charade.
post #66 of 70
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

This is entirely untrue. As with any other accessory, it may be appropriate or not given the wider context, and the specifics of what else you are wearing. In some circumstances a square can give a perfect lift to an outfit, in others it can be the straw that breaks the camel's back... and that's really all you can say.

My assertion is neither "true" nor "untrue", since it's neither provable nor unprovable. It is, however, an opinion that is well supported by the commonly cited authorities on the subject of classic menswear. I'm thinking here of Will and Manton, and also of Flusser, who seems to take an even more orthodox stance than I do:

Without some form of pocket rigging, an outside breast pocket appears superfluous, and the outfit incomplete.
(Dressing the Man, page 213.)

While there are situations where the addition of a pocket square might make the outfit look overwrought, my opinion is that if the outfit cannot even accommodate a plain white hanky, the problem probably lies with the rest of the outfit, not the hanky.
post #67 of 70
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Originally Posted by Ivar View Post

My assertion is neither "true" nor "untrue", since it's neither provable nor unprovable. It is, however, an opinion that is well supported by the commonly cited authorities on the subject of classic menswear. I'm thinking here of Will and Manton, and also of Flusser, who seems to take an even more orthodox stance than I do:

Without some form of pocket rigging, an outside breast pocket appears superfluous, and the outfit incomplete.
(Dressing the Man, page 213.)

While there are situations where the addition of a pocket square might make the outfit look overwrought, my opinion is that if the outfit cannot even accommodate a plain white hanky, the problem probably lies with the rest of the outfit, not the hanky.

I tend to ditch the pocket square for job interviews and that is also when I'm wearing my most conservative and boring stuff. I agree that plain white linen shouldn't create issues with any decent suited look and that the breast pocket is there for a reason (though I tend to ditch the square when going tieless with an odd jacket), but in today's world wearing one is not part of an ultra-conservative look and sometimes one needs that. It may well complete the look in a meaningful way, though.
post #68 of 70
Yeah. Wearing a PS in a lot of job interviewers would look weird to the interviewer - whether that's right or wrong is pretty irrelevant since you'll want to play the game if you want the job.

I'm just starting to get into the PS - I was spending money on bigger staple items over the past year. Now it's onto accessories.
post #69 of 70
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Originally Posted by mp1472 View Post

I wonder if anyone else shares this opinion but I can't stand them, won't wear them ...hate them !!

I feel Iike its over the top at that point lol.... and I'm not really sure why exactly.

Who's with me !?.....

I feel naked without one. But I don't go crazy with them. Just a standard white that peaks out of the pocket perpendicularly. 

post #70 of 70
PS can be worn successfully, but most people end up looking just like they're trying too hard.
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