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last minute shopping - pocket square for black tie

post #1 of 15
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Just a little question: I need to buy a pocket square for my tuxedo tomorrow. Online not an option. Where's a good place to go in NYC where I can get decent quality but not spend an arm and a leg? I'm sure nobody has sales on yet to my knowledge, and it really irks me to pay full price for such a staple. grrrr I have 15% off at Brooks Brothers, so was thinking of going there. Anywhere else you can suggest?
post #2 of 15
I would go with just a nice linen square with hand-rolled edges. Just about everywhere decent, including BB, ought to have them for not a whole lot.
post #3 of 15
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I got the BB ones at madison ave. I'm not very happy. They are handkerchiefs really. They were all they had, so I got them. Turns out they are huge (and you can only buy three at a time. They are 17 inch square, and I can stuff them in my pocket but they make a gigantic bulge. Bad purchase.
post #4 of 15
Most pocketsquares are about 16-20 inch square. The linen variety, which I believe you got, are bulkier than silk squares. However, if you fold it carefully, rather than stuff it in your pocket, it shouldnt really bulge all that much.
post #5 of 15
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My Brionis are small. I don't have one in front of me now - they seem to be like 12 inch. My Hermes ones are bigger. As you say, linen is bulkier. Maybe I should try a different fold
post #6 of 15
Go to Flusser. He has great black tie pocket squares. 3 East 48th Street.
post #7 of 15
What is the difference between a "black tie" pocket square and a normal silken pocket square? I would have assumed that a simple white silk pocket square that you can pick up at Macy's for $10 would suffice just fine.
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What is the difference between a "black tie" pocket square and a normal silken pocket square? I would have assumed that a simple white silk pocket square that you can pick up at Macy's for $10 would suffice just fine.
White linen would and does work fine. (Personally, I think white silk looks a bit cheesy.) However, if you want something a little different, Flusser has Swiss cotton hankies in white with a handrolled black edge. He also has white hankies with a very subtle (and widely spaced) black windowpane. My personal favorite is a white hank with a black border, a black windowpane, and a dark red overplaid. It looks terrific with a red carnation.
post #9 of 15
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Manton, wearing a pocket square and boutonniere at the same time? I thought this was a no go - one or the other. Do you know how much are the Flusser squares are? ZJ
post #10 of 15
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Manton, wearing a pocket square and boutonniere at the same time?  I thought this was a no go - one or the other.
Not at all, not at all. I do it all the time. If this is a rule, I've never heard it, and I thought I knew all the rules.
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Do you know how much are the Flusser squares are?
Well, nothing is exaclty cheap there. I want to say $30, but I'm not sure. Cheaper than Hermes.
post #11 of 15
Century 21. you asked for cheap, but they also have quality goods.
post #12 of 15
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Well, nothing is exaclty cheap there. I want to say $30, but I'm not sure. Cheaper than Hermes.
I know, the Hermes silk ones are $75. I like them a lot, though, mine have a subtle bumblebee pattern. $30 is fine with me since at BB I could only buy them in a pack of 3 for $40, and I only need one anyway. I think a return is in order...
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(JLibourel @ 09 Nov. 2004, 10:00) What is the difference between a "black tie" pocket square and a normal silken pocket square? I would have assumed that a simple white silk pocket square that you can pick up at Macy's for $10 would suffice just fine.
White linen would and does work fine.  (Personally, I think white silk looks a bit cheesy.)  However, if you want something a little different, Flusser has Swiss cotton hankies in white with a handrolled black edge.  He also has white hankies with a very subtle (and widely spaced) black windowpane.  My personal favorite is a white hank with a black border, a black windowpane, and a dark red overplaid.  It looks terrific with a red carnation.
I agree that the silk will look a bit "cheesy" with black-tie. Still, the black-bordered white handkerchief puts me in the mind of mourning.
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Originally Posted by zjpj83,09 Nov. 2004, 11:40
Manton, wearing a pocket square and boutonniere at the same time?  I thought this was a no go - one or the other.
Not at all, not at all. I do it all the time. If this is a rule, I've never heard it, and I thought I knew all the rules.
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Do you know how much are the Flusser squares are?
Well, nothing is exaclty cheap there.  I want to say $30, but I'm not sure.  Cheaper than Hermes.
Here in the UK people wear poppies, made of paper, to commemorate soldiers who died in WW1.  I wondered how it would look with a pocket square.   I think it could make that part of the jacket look a bit busy; draw too much attention to it.   Any thoughts?  I should buy a poppy, so I might try it out.
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Here in the UK people wear poppies, made of paper, to commemorate soldiers who died in WW1.  I wondered how it would look with a pocket square.   I think it could make that part of the jacket look a bit busy; draw too much attention to it.   Any thoughts?  I should buy a poppy, so I might try it out.
A simple white hankie, just barely peeking out of the pocket, should look fine.  You probably don't want to wear paisly printed silk, cascading three inches over the welt.  But then pocket sqaures should always just barely peek out of the pocket, in my opinion.
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