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Opinions on this pocket square/tie combo

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by polarbear, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. polarbear

    polarbear Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen,

    I have a "festive attire" event (whatever that means) to go to on monday and I'm thinking of wearing a plain navy suit and a blue borrelli tie I just picked up at FB. I'm uncertain about the pocket square though. I haven't delved much into the "rules" of coordinating such items, other than that the square should "highlight," not directly match the tie. Here's the outfit with a light green polka dot square. What do you think? If this doesn't work, what's the general consensus on going with a totally different bold color, say a bright reddish-pink?
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  2. texas_jack

    texas_jack Well-Known Member

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    They look just a little too similar for me.
     
  3. Tomasso

    Tomasso Well-Known Member

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    I would go with a darker color; about the shade of the dots on the tie. White linen would work as well.
     
  4. tiecollector

    tiecollector Well-Known Member

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    I would also go darker, the colors now are too similar but still dont match. If you stay with light colors maybe do an orange, lavendar or pink pastel.

    On a side note, I was wondering what kind of knot that is (it looks great)? Whenever I try getting a knot to be that big my tie always ends up much too short. Do you get longer ties?
     
  5. designprofessor

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    I like the tie with that suit.
    As stated, i'd do the white pocket sq.
     
  6. Ivan Kipling

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    Colors are just close enough to be mismatched.

    EDIT: What about yellow?
     
  8. lawyerdad

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    Colors are just close enough to be mismatched.
    Agreed, especially with polka dots on each. Might work if the square was solid. I agree with dp. The tie is great and definitely hits the "festive" note. Given common dress today, any pocket square can only enhance that effect, and I think a white linen with a multi-point fold would be a good choice.
    Have fun.
     
  9. Dragon

    Dragon Well-Known Member

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    Try not to use the same colors or same patterns when pairing the tie and square.

    Since you are wearing a white shirt and a pastel type tie, I would just go with a white linen square in a TV fold (get one with colored edges to give the fold more interest). It will keep the focus towards the tie and polka dot pattern.
     
  10. jml90

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    Great tie and really nice knot I much prefer a knot with meat to it.
    Too many dots though
     
  11. Keith T

    Keith T Well-Known Member

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    I kinda like your reddish pink idea myself. Throw out a pic and we can weigh in on that one...
     
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    I think whether this works or not depends on your personality. If people generally perceive you as a care free happy go lucky kind of guy, this combo might be well received as having a touch of sprezzatura. If, on the other hand, you are perceived as someone who is fussy or conservative, this can just look like you were trying to match your tie and square but ended up mismatching them - and will therefore make you look silly.
     
  13. MrRogers

    MrRogers Well-Known Member

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    great suit, shirt and tie.

    The PS in the pic should not be worn. As somone else said, it looks like you were trying to match it ( which u wouldnt wanna do in the first place) but missed. I don't think it exudes a sprezzatura feel either, on the contrary it looks like you were trying real hard but it didnt work out.

    MrR
     
  14. Sator

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    Too many dots.


    Yes it looks like a case of measles.

    I agree with the white pocket square. Maybe a boutonniere would add a nicer festive touch?
     
  15. Hard2Fit

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    Recommend a white PS. Nice tie though. Especially like the knot you tied. Straight full-windsor?
     
  16. polarbear

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    Thanks for all the responses guys--I should have known not to ask a question I already knew the answer too: too close in color and too many dots. When I first looked at it I thought it might just be crazy enough to work, but I think the verdict is in. I think a white square in a tv fold would be great, but I was just hoping to go for a little more color and take "festive" as far as possible, since I hardly ever get to wear a suit.

    As for:
    On a side note, I was wondering what kind of knot that is (it looks great)? Whenever I try getting a knot to be that big my tie always ends up much too short. Do you get longer ties?

    It's a straight full windsor, but the knot came out a little bigger than normal. I've never bought a longer tie, I just try and keep the knot as tight as possible while wrapping to give the maximum amount of length. Sometimes it still comes up short though, so I have to undo it and try again[​IMG]
     
  17. Hard2Fit

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    RL suit (Polo II in Navy)?
     
  18. polarbear

    polarbear Well-Known Member

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    RL suit (Polo II in Navy)?

    Bingo! Got it last year on sale at marshall's. $199. I was pretty happy since it's such a basic suit, and I only own three.
     

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