Handkercheifs, and pocket squares...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LabelKing, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Hello,

    I recently saw some handkerchiefs on sale on the internet I rather liked. They were by Westwood or McQueen but I do not remember. Apparently they stated them as "bandana/handkerchief, and the measurements were 20 inches.

    Are these too large for pocket squares et al? All my pocket squares are usually silk, and 12 to 15". I really don't want to buy them, and find them unsuitable. Thank you.
     


  2. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    20" seems a bit big. My largest handkerchiefs are 17" and that is about as big as I'd want to go. 12" is really the ideal size, as far as I'm concerned.

    Kai
     


  3. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    Good topic....now, who makes a smaller pocket hank? I find that silks in particular are too big to make a slim fit in my breast pocket.
     


  4. AskAndyAboutClothes

    AskAndyAboutClothes Senior member

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    LabelKing:

    The pocket square is usually from 13 to 18 inches square.

    Square as required by a 1785 Royal French Decree.

    By the end of he 18th Century handkerchiefs had gotten very large and were available in many different shapes. Marie Antoinette thought that a square cloth would be more aesthetically pleasing, so on June 2, 1785 she had her husband, Louis XVI, sign an edict regulating the size of handkerchiefs. The edit decreed that the length could not exceed their width.

    Andy
     


  5. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I think the problem is not with the pocket square, per se, but with the breast pocket. I'm showing my neapolitan bias again, but I really only find makers like Kiton, Attolini, etc (Caraceni especially) make the breast pocket properly.
     


  6. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Yes I agree. I find that mosy breats pockets are rather ill construced. The square does not sit properly, and such trivial problems as that. The triviality is offset by the fact that I am rather a meticulous person.

    Also I think that most buttonholes are rather badly made. Brioni is an exception in my experience. The boutonniere has this limp effect when worn with most suits.

    Oscar Wilde once quipped, "The only link between art, and nature is a well made buttonhole." At least it was something to that effect.
     


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