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post #2791 of 3297
Dare one suggest cream silk...
post #2792 of 3297
Yes, white linen with points up, not TV fold
post #2793 of 3297
The exclusivity of white linen to more formal outfits is greatly exaggerated
post #2794 of 3297
^ what were the origins of that?

(though I do think a TV fold is too formal for some outfits)
post #2795 of 3297
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^ what were the origins of that?

(though I do think a TV fold is too formal for some outfits)

Origins of people associating white linen only with formal outfits?
post #2796 of 3297

Yep. Because you see it (white linen, casual outfits) plenty in old pictures/movies (which of course doesn't necessarily mean anything). I'm wondering if it was one of those guiding principles that originated here or on AAAC back in the day.

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Yep. Because you see it (white linen, casual outfits) plenty in old pictures/movies (which of course doesn't necessarily mean anything). I'm wondering if it was one of those guiding principles that originated here or on AAAC back in the day.


I have gotten the sense that it's internet BS, yes.

 

I haven't tried it yet, but I think it could work quite well with some of the things I wear which are kinda pre-internet: navy trousers with gray jackets, that kind of thing.

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Yep. Because you see it (white linen, casual outfits) plenty in old pictures/movies (which of course doesn't necessarily mean anything). I'm wondering if it was one of those guiding principles that originated here or on AAAC back in the day.

White linen is the most formal option for a pocket square. I can see how someone might believe there's a mismatch in formality in a casual odd jacket fit based on that. I don't know that I fully agree, but I kind of get where it comes from. I tend to think pocket squares are a tool more for dandification than increasing formality in any event, which to me reduces the danger of a formality mismatch.

That said, I hate to sound too much like Foo, but I do think his thoughts on cream silk have a lot of value in the sport coat realm.
post #2799 of 3297

Agreed, though I like cream base more than solid cream. I had a solid cream which I gave away as it got no use.

post #2800 of 3297
Well, Claghorn, white tends to work well with blue jackets...
post #2801 of 3297

I agree with others that Tweedy's second square is better. The blue square results in too much total blue, and i don't really like the shade of blue in the square with the coat. The gold/brown/blue square harmonizes more with the coat with subtle visual references to the tie and shirt. I ended up going with a cream based square in a recent fit with a check jacket for similar reasons.

 

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Part of the problem with white linen, I think, Foo correctly identified in the Good Taste Thread: it's very high contrast and stark. That usually implies a bit more formal total ensemble. Culturally, that's not true, and a white linen square is considered pretty much always acceptable. I find that those two principles fight each other and minimize my use of white linen as a result, opting for cream based squares or cream silk with a subtle pattern for more formal fits.

post #2802 of 3297
I think white hank = formal is just an Internet thing. I still see older well dressed dudes wearing a white PS with just about anything. It's like a club tie, it goes even when it looks bad. I wore one today w an odd jacket:

post #2803 of 3297
Ive also recently gotten into hanks that have just the faintest hint of color. Vanda has some really nice ones.
post #2804 of 3297
As long as the shirt has some white in it, a white hank will always be fine.
post #2805 of 3297

I'm pleased to say that I sported white linen today in my breast pocket. This, of course, is a slightly more CBD fit.

 


Black shoes too. Apart from the very washed-out pale blue shirt, this was a monochromatic fit. I don't think any other kind of PS would have worked here.

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