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Thoughts on pen inserted in shirt placket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by xkmasada, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. xkmasada

    xkmasada Active Member

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    Today at a meeting, I saw the CEO and COO of my company with nice pens (Montblancs) inserted in the plackets of their buttondown shirts between the 2nd and 3rd top buttons. I've seen this before, including in dress shirts with the pens discretely covered by neckties.

    I was wondering what fellow SF members think about this. Does it look too casual? Or is it an elegant solution of wear to put pens when your shirt has no chest pocket?
     
  2. chobochobo

    chobochobo Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts are that it is an inelegant way of carrying a pen, probably a pseudo-style statement more than anything else.
     
  3. Fishball

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    I do it all the time, it is just for convenient sake.
    But be careful to fasten the pen. sometime the pen drop off from the cap, then your shirt.....
    Also, I lost my Parker old Duofold in this way.
     
  4. Journeyman

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    Not a good idea.
    It looks inelegant and as Fishball said, you can end up getting ink on your shirt.
    I tend to carry a pen inside my leather folio, or at a pinch, I slide it down inside my side trouser pocket, with just the clip showing the outside of the trousers. I've never had the lid come off, but at least that way if the pen does leak, it won't really be noticeable against the dark fabric of the trousers.
     
  5. grimslade

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    Hey! I have an idea. If you had a pocket on your shirt, you could put it in there!
     
  6. lakewolf

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    Hey! I have an idea. If you had a pocket on your shirt, you could put it in there!

    philistine !


    me I don't do neither... I don't write with archaic tools anymore.
     
  7. Holdfast

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    I may have done it once or twice at most. But only impulsively out of a genuine need to put the pen somewhere for a few seconds while doing something else. And usually in that scenario, if the jacket isn't near, it goes in the trouser pocket.

    As a consistent way of carrying your pen? No thanks, not for me.
     
  8. Cantabrigian

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    I much prefer that to carrying a pen in your shirt pocket.
     
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    philistine !


    me I don't do neither... I don't write with archaic tools anymore.


    You using Voice Actuation?

    Jon.
     
  10. lpwb32

    lpwb32 Well-Known Member

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    i just had an awesome idea. pen-tie clip! i'm going to patent it.

    other projects in the development pipeline:

    leatherman-tie clip
    laserpointer-tie clip
    moneyclip-tie clip
     
  11. CTGuy

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    I know some men are fans of the the whole pen on the shirt thing-- I think it's a little too old fashioned even for me. It reminds me of something a 65 year old engineer might do. I love pens, but I keep them in my inside jacket pocket or in a briefcase.
     
  12. SantaCruzGuy

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    "I know some men are fans of the the whole pen on the shirt thing-- I think it's a little too old fashioned even for me. It reminds me of something a 65 year old engineer might do. I love pens, but I keep them in my inside jacket pocket or in a briefcase."

    New solution: instead of using a fancy schmancy pen, use your new iPhone to hang it there instead. It'll make the same positive impression.

    I knew some guys that did this with a pen too, & it was always a Mont Blanc un-coincidentally.
     
  13. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    I love styleforum. You read all sorts of important questions here...
     
  14. LabelKing

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    I sometimes do it though I once lost a vintage '20s Sheaffer Balance Oversize that way. It was Jade Green too.
     
  15. J'aimelescravates

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    I really don't like this look at all. I always keep my pen in a) my hand b) on my desk or c) in an inside pocket of my jacket. IMHO, if you need a pen so quickly as to not be able to put it in your pocket it's best to just leave it in your hand.
     
  16. stickonatree

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    if you don't mind your pen accidentally falling and drawing lines on your shirt...
     
  17. Dmax

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    Good taste dictates you should not flaunt expensive items, at least when you are not using them for intended purpose. Most people are only familiar with one type of expensive pen - a Montblanc, therefore it is more tasteful to keep your Montblanc in a nice pen case when you are not using it. If you desire to carry you pen clipped to your shirt or you shirt's pocket make it something less recognizable like a Pelikan, Waterman, Parker or Sheaffer.

    Just my opinion of course.
     
  18. crazyquik

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    You can also put the pen on the backside of your tie.
     
  20. Qasimkhan

    Qasimkhan Well-Known Member

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    Only clerks visibly wear pens on their clothing. It's just that today clerks are well paid enough to afford nice pens.
     

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