Have I Figured This Out? (Pocket Square Related)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ChappyEight, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. ChappyEight

    ChappyEight Member

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    So, I've been doing some studying up on pocket squares and the appropriate ways to incorporate them into one's attire. So, here is my first attempt. I have an upcoming function that I'd like to be my first foray into the PS world.

    Here is the ensemble:

    Suit: Navy

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    Shirt: Either White or Light Blue French Cuff (can't decide if blue is too much color with everything else)
    Tie: Pink Paisley Bow Tie
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    PS: Light Blue Paisley?
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    Cuff Links: I have pink/white and blue/white silk knots or basic silver metal type.
    Shoes: (Dark) Burgundy
    Belt: Burgundy

    My thought process is that the sky blue of the PS is complementary to the navy suit and the paisley pattern matches the bow tie paisley (which I think is acceptable, not positive). Further, would a light blue shirt be too much blue? I'm leaning toward a white shirt for that reason. Finally, I was thinking of going with the pink/white silk knot cuff links to incorporate with the tie.

    A couple variations I've been toying with include:
    • Solid sky blue PS
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    • Paisley or Solid Burgundy PS
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    • Paisley or Solid pale green PS
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    • Paisley or Solid pale yellow PS
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    Again, this is my first attempt at sporting a PS, so feel free to call me a fool. Looking to learn and hopefully look good. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    Thanks,
    Chappy

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  2. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Pics??
     


  3. ChappyEight

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    Sorry, I linked to the sites in the OP. I'll update now so you don't have to leave the thread.
     


  4. ChappyEight

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    Okay, OP has been updated to include pics.
     


  5. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Short answer: no, keep trying. Read Manton's squarefail thread.

    Longer: what event is this? Personally I wouldnt wear that bowtie under any circumstances. Paisley tie on paisley PS is also a guaranteed fail. Those solid silk PSs look kinda cheesy to me too.
     


  6. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Please, no paisley with paisley.
     


  7. ChappyEight

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    I'm open to all suggestions. Appreciate the honesty.

    The event is our annual open house for my office. It's one notch up from business casual. I was looking for an accent color to stand out, but I don't want to look like a clown. I'm a big fan of bows, so I'd like to stick with that.

    I'm flexible on everything else. I'm a bit of an overthinker at times, so I'm sure choosing a tie/PS combo isn't that difficult, but I'm complicating it.

    Again, appreciate the advice.
     


  8. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Personally I'm very much against the "accent color" or "pop" of color idea. I like everything to kind of hit together more harmoniously without one thing sticking out. Given that the bowtie is already kind of a curiosity, I suggest toning down the color some. Maybe a repp stripe on a navy ground or something?
     


  9. ChappyEight

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    Awesome thread. Thumbing through it now...
     


  10. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    Unless you want to be peacock-y, basic white linen/cotton will be fine. The bowtie pops enough.
     
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  11. ChappyEight

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    Thanks for that. Looking back, it appears as though I've gotten hung up on the color wheel and trying to implement too many complementary colors, etc. If I choose this tie, I will follow your white linen advice.

    That said, in response to unbelragazzo and after having read the Manton thread, I'd be curious to get your opinion on the following BT/PS combo. I tried to tone down the BT and used a square which color which only had a small part in the BT. I do realize that the PS below do not have a border, something I would look to correct:

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    Option 2 (Not sure if you can tell from the BT picture, but there is a very thin line of green adjacent the pink):
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    Option 3:
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    And a quick background on me, I'm 31 but have never had a need to be "fashionable" per se. I've recently lost a large amount of weight which has rejuvenated my spirit in regards to my appearance. Thus, I've been on a crash course to learn the ins and outs of dressing fashionably and classy. My ignorance is no doubt evident, so I thank you all for taking the time to respond.
     


  12. FillW

    FillW Senior member

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    Probably the best advice.
     


  13. ChappyEight

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    Agreed.

    I'll follow it and try my hand at color coordination after studying a while longer.
     


  14. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Of these options, #3 is the best. #1 is a little "matchy" - when you have a somewhat rarely used color like pink (really this applies to any color that's not blue, brown, gray, or colors in the tan/cream/white family) and you repeat it in the tie and the PS, it looks very intentional and kind of cheesy. #3 repeats a color, but it's baby blue so it doesn't stick out as much. #2 just looks bad to me.
     


  15. duggyald

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    What kind of function are you attending that you'd include paisley in you r options?
     


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