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I hate pocket squares !

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mp1472, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Stugotes

    Stugotes Senior member

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    Quote:I had the same exact thing happen to me! After she jokingly said she was disappointed in my mismatched tie and PS, I wanted to punch her in the face, but she was a) the bride and b) pregnant.
     
  2. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    This is entirely untrue. As with any other accessory, it may be appropriate or not given the wider context, and the specifics of what else you are wearing. In some circumstances a square can give a perfect lift to an outfit, in others it can be the straw that breaks the camel's back... and that's really all you can say.
     
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  3. Jackinthebox

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    Now maybe this is because the women I associate with and work with don't see themselves as damsels in distress, but over here the general opinion of pocket squares is seen as unnecasirily over the top.
    Then again, this is classic manswear, so it's also for men liking classic women with "traditional" viewpoints? [​IMG]
     
  4. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    If you are wearing a pocket square for the one-in-a-million chance that a woman may need one for tears or a make up emergency, you are a massive tool.
     
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  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    For some reason, I'd always believed that the pocket square that goes in one's breast pocket is purely for decoration. If one wants to be chivalrous, one should carry something non-decorative elsewhere. Not really practical though. I seem to recall Cary Grant reaching somewhere inside his jacket to offer Audrey Hepburn's character something to cry on in Charade.
     
  6. Ivar

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    My assertion is neither "true" nor "untrue", since it's neither provable nor unprovable. It is, however, an opinion that is well supported by the commonly cited authorities on the subject of classic menswear. I'm thinking here of Will and Manton, and also of Flusser, who seems to take an even more orthodox stance than I do:


    Without some form of pocket rigging, an outside breast pocket appears superfluous, and the outfit incomplete.​

    (Dressing the Man, page 213.)​

    While there are situations where the addition of a pocket square might make the outfit look overwrought, my opinion is that if the outfit cannot even accommodate a plain white hanky, the problem probably lies with the rest of the outfit, not the hanky.
     
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  7. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I tend to ditch the pocket square for job interviews and that is also when I'm wearing my most conservative and boring stuff. I agree that plain white linen shouldn't create issues with any decent suited look and that the breast pocket is there for a reason (though I tend to ditch the square when going tieless with an odd jacket), but in today's world wearing one is not part of an ultra-conservative look and sometimes one needs that. It may well complete the look in a meaningful way, though.
     
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  8. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    Yeah. Wearing a PS in a lot of job interviewers would look weird to the interviewer - whether that's right or wrong is pretty irrelevant since you'll want to play the game if you want the job.

    I'm just starting to get into the PS - I was spending money on bigger staple items over the past year. Now it's onto accessories.
     
  9. rudals1281

    rudals1281 Senior member

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    I feel naked without one. But I don't go crazy with them. Just a standard white that peaks out of the pocket perpendicularly.
     
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  10. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    PS can be worn successfully, but most people end up looking just like they're trying too hard.
     

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