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Do You Use Handkerchiefs?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LabelKing, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

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    Rear left pocket or inside breast. Just simple cotton, for emergencies. Obviously if you have a cold or allergies and anticipate relieving yourself of mucous in some significant quanity, you would also bring disposable tissues.
     
  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Snuff-takers used to carry a big patterned handkerchief since nasal snuff causes a certain kind of leakage.

    They were patterned for a practical reason.
     
  3. Schnurretiger

    Schnurretiger Senior member

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    I use cotton handkerchiefs, because I simply have not found a paper tissue yet, that did not have two gigantic holes in it, after blowing my nose. So go figure, where the ammo went...
     
  4. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Senior member

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    Yes - I carry a freshly laundered one every day, either in my left pant pocket or my inside left coat pocket. Nothing like offering a fresh hankie to a female, whether she has spilt a drink etc. or just needs to wipe a tear..
    As I have many in supply, I carry one in the summer months to swipe the sweat from my brow. On occasion it is also used to wipe tears from the face of a fair maiden.
    - you are a class act Mr Wang!
    The trick to getting a nicely laundered handkerchief is, after it has been washed, press the square onto your tiled bathroom wall or a pane of glass.
    - please elaborate? Which reminds me, it is Sunday night & time to iron my hankies..
     
  5. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Yes - I carry a freshly laundered one every day, either in my left pant pocket or my inside left coat pocket. Nothing like offering a fresh hankie to a female, whether she has spilt a drink etc. or just needs to wipe a tear.. - you are a class act Mr Wang! - please elaborate? Which reminds me, it is Sunday night & time to iron my hankies..
    After you've washed them, press the wet handkerchiefs onto a smooth flat surface such as a tiled bathroom wall. They will then dry flat.
     
  6. Syl

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    I use them.
     
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    No. Tissues are more hygienic.
     
  8. GuidoWongolini

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    After you've washed them, press the wet handkerchiefs onto a smooth flat surface such as a tiled bathroom wall. They will then dry flat.
    - so no ironing?
     
  9. LabelKing

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    - so no ironing?

    Indeed.
     
  10. porcelain monkey

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    Very useful for wiping the brow in the summer and for the odd nose emergency in the cold and flu season. Clearly tissue is cleaner and more hygienic, but I have found a nice, clean handkerchief a real lifesaver right before a meeting on more than one occasion.
     
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    Your own handkerchief isn't going to hurt you, so I don't really understand the hygiene concerns.

    If you are sick, you should probably use tissues, but you'll still have to wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading it.
     
  12. GuidoWongolini

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    Your own handkerchief isn't going to hurt you, so I don't really understand the hygiene concerns.

    If you are sick, you should probably use tissues, but you'll still have to wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading it.


    & to learn to sneeze or cough in your elbow not hands!
     
  13. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    why so you get your suit jackets all slimed up?

    PS

    where do you get those horizontal stripped socks from, they're pretty cool.
     
  14. Jumbie

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    I think they're gross for anything other than mopping up sweat. I don't carry one however.

    I don't want to blow my nose and then fold it up and put back in my pocket.
     
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    I carry one for weddings and funerals.
     
  16. Arman

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    I keep one in my back pocket usually. Use that to dry my hands after a visit to the rest room. Some dudes now a days don't wash hands. I got tired of trying to use my elbow to push the paper towel dispenser down after taking care of business after I tore a shirt on a sharp edge.
     
  17. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Senior member

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    why so you get your suit jackets all slimed up?

    PS

    where do you get those horizontal stripped socks from, they're pretty cool.


    - OK I should have been clearer, obviously not when it a snotty of phlegm cough
    - germs are exchanged via hand shakes etc.
     
  18. LabelKing

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    Irish Linen handkerchiefs are the best, but rather pricey. Indeed, some are pricier than decorative silk pocket handkerchiefs.
     
  19. rach2jlc

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    Most everybody in Japan carries a handkerchief; there are very few restrooms that provide paper towels and so you carry a handkerchief in your pocket... even my younger students have them.

    As for me, when I'm there, I use one... of course heavily scented (depending on the handkerchief in question and the season). Usually, I'll douse it in a light, citrus eau de Cologne like Berdoues or Cologne Sologne, in winter, something dry and leathery (Knize Ten works pretty well)...

    They are also very easy/convenient things to give as gifts... so by now I've probably received a few dozen of them, everything from the usual Japan-favorite Euro brands (Burberry, Fendi, YSL, etc.) to some much more interesting ones made in various traditional Japanese textiles and patterns. Some are so nice I couldn't imagine drying my hands on them or blowing my nose in them...
     
  20. Classically

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    I usually keep one on me whenever I can. Although, usually it's a bandana to dry the sweat off of my forehead during swing dancing. Apparently ladies don't like sweaty leads... Though, I never thought to use them to dry my hands. Guess I'll have to get more then...
     

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