Originally Posted by JLibourel
Paying a large amount for attractive designs on a square (as with Hermes) makes no sense to me as the square not going to be displayed in its entirety. It will be puffed or folded so that only very small figures will be discernible, not those big zebras and whatnot that Hermes likes to put on their squares. Rather garish affairs, anyway, in my opinion.
Almost all my squares are the Hermes-type ones. I find them to be the most versatile (and stylish). On the other hand, I don`t like the ones with repeated, simple patterns much as to my eye they usually distract rather than compliment everything else.
To stir the pot a bit, I think there might be a pocket square progression/ladder:
beginner: white, linen/cotton, TV fold
amateur: small, silk, repeated-small patterns, TV style/bandaid fold
intermediate: small, silk, repeated-small patterns, simple puff
advanced: large, silk, picturesque design, more elaborate folds and combination folds. Can also fold linen with colored borders and silk with wide edges in various different folds.