Advice needed - what pocket square with this tie?

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  1. SilverSurfer

    SilverSurfer Senior member

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    I'm going to be wearing this tie (satin white with navy stripes) with a white shirt and charcoal suit to an event soon and I'd like to buy a pocket square to go with it (I've never, ever had one). What color/material should I get? White satin as well? There would still be some contrast since the tie has navy.

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  2. Connemara

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    If you take the linen route, I'd go for a plain white or white with light blue eding. Silk...get a blue in a lighter shade. Never match navy with navy (or any colors, for that matter) when it comes to tie/PS combos.
     


  3. SilverSurfer

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    If you take the linen route, I'd go for a plain white or white with light blue eding. Silk...get a blue in a lighter shade. Never match navy with navy (or any colors, for that matter) when it comes to tie/PS combos.

    So you don't think white silk is a good call?
     


  4. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I don't like white silk squares, and I agree with connemara that a white linen (or cotton) would be best. I'd avoid white with a blue edge, as it would look too matchy-matchy.
     


  5. AlanC

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    I would vote for white linen as well. I have joined erstwhile SF member cuffthis in generally avoiding solid silk squares. Since this is your first pocket square white linen is an excellent way to go.
     


  6. Vintage Gent

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    Before I begin my reply, one caveat: I'm Mr. Wacky Pocket Square Man, so I'm likely to opt for a pocket square that has very little to do with the rest of my outfit, a square that may touch on one of the colors in my tie, but have the remainder of the colors skew off in some unexpected way.

    So, my reply: why not something a bit more splashy than a plain white square--something like this offering from Paul Stuart:

    http://www.paulstuart.com/item_template.cfm?ItemId=1565
     


  7. gdl203

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    I think the white linen or cotton option is good but is by far the easiest and safest one (and I confess I would probably go that safe route as well [​IMG] ). If I wanted to try something a little more risquÃ[​IMG] and less expected, I would probably go with something like:

    (a) a tightly patterned blue/white or blue/grey square (matching color scheme but not the pattern or pattern size). Ideally, a prince-of-wales or a gingham - but here's the only quick pic I found:

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    (b) an orange of some sort (I think it could look great with the white shirt, charcoal suit and that tie)

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  8. AlanC

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    Since this is your first pocket square purchase I would also keep in mind versatility so you can transfer it easily to other ensembles as you build your collection.

    Take a look at Ben Silver clearance, Mulberrywood and FIH for some good options. You might want to PM chorse and see if he has any more Polo squares, too.
     


  9. gdl203

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    Before I begin my reply, one caveat: I'm Mr. Wacky Pocket Square Man, so I'm likely to opt for a pocket square that has very little to do with the rest of my outfit, a square that may touch on one of the colors in my tie, but have the remainder of the colors skew off in some unexpected way.

    So, my reply: why not something a bit more splashy than a plain white square--something like this offering from Paul Stuart:

    http://www.paulstuart.com/item_template.cfm?ItemId=1565



    I very much like your suggestion
     


  10. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I very much like your suggestion

    Me too. Great eye! Here it is:

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  12. VMan

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    VG -

    I really like that PS pocket square, great suggestion!
     


  13. odoreater

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    My philosophy on pocket squares is usually to wear either white, or a different shade of the main color in my tie. So with that tie I might wear something like gray or something with a lot of gray in it. But, that's just me.
     


  14. whoopee

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    A plain white linen handkerchief should be your first pocket square.
     


  15. designprofessor

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    I'm of like mind with Vintage Gent. I opt for the contrast solution, i like the orange range. I also think something in a sandy colored hue might work, not stark color, but a subtle warm color to contrast.
     


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