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In defense of the cotton pocket square

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Louche, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. The Louche

    The Louche Distinguished Member

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    Oct 31, 2008
    Most "expert" guidance says that linen should be used for the classic white TV-fold pocket square. The reasons are unclear to me, and I disagree that linen is the best choice--I think that cotton makes the best choice. For starters, hand-rolled cotton hankerchiefs are available for about 1/4 the price of their linen counterparts. Also consider that cotton is easier to press and fold, has a cleaner white color, and--perhaps most importantly--has a smoother, slightly more formal hand in general, and I see no reason why linen seems to be the overwhelmingly preferred choice.

    What do you think?

  2. Sam Hober

    Sam Hober Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Jan 4, 2005
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    The Louche,

    You make a good point.

    Historically, I can tell you that my father who is 85 and whose career was in the New York fashion industry only wears cotton pocket squares and he explained to me when I asked a long time ago that the popularity of linen pocket squares is more of a recent fashion. Quite often experts who write books and articles are good writers but have limited experience actually making clothes and really knowing the industry - but they write well.

    Linen makes a nice crisp fold and is good for simple pocket square folds.

    But cotton is softer and has a great look.

    I disagree about the cleaner white and lower prices for cotton. High end Egyptian cotton is very expensive.

    Cotton of course is much better at helping damsels in distress.

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