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Pocket Square Material Rules

jmc473

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I was wondering if somebody could be succinct and answer the question of material when it comes to the suit/neckwear/pocket square.

Here is one example:
A cotton suit calls for what material tie/square. Linen square and silk tie, correct?
 

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So long as the tie and the square is made from matching material.
 

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You don't want to match material between tie and pocket square unless it is substantially different in texture, e.g. a shantung tie and a silk pocket square. Usually if you have a run-of-the-mill silk tie, then a linen square is ideal. A wool/cashmere tie, with a silk pocket square. Of course there are exceptions, but learn how to conjugate your sartorial verbs correctly first, then deal with the exceptions.
 

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I had heard similar advice. The neckwear material and pocket square material should not match, and obviously the square should not match in color but compliment. A more refined question then is this: How does the material of the suit govern the material of the necktie/pocket square combination?
 

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I had heard similar advice.  The neckwear material and pocket square material should not match, and obviously the square should not match in color but compliment.  A more refined question then is this:  How does the material of the suit govern the material of the necktie/pocket square combination?

Again, read FC's thread. Stick to combinations that make sense seasonally and on the city/country i.e. formal/informal dimension and you'll be fine.
 

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