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Pocket Square Review: an Ongoing Series

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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  2. Master Shake

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    I'm not a fan of Cary Grant's or Steve McQueen's style. Fred Astaire wasn't infallible.

    The same is true of you.
     


  3. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    The same is true of you.

    Heresy!
     


  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I think the following is a nice, classic example of wearing a white pocketsquare and picking up white in a shirt (left) and a tie (right).

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    HRH Prince Michael of Kent with Arnaud Bamberger of Cartier.


    The prince looks good. The white square blends nicely with his shirt, which is not a solid color. It's okay to have some colors common to shirt, tie, and square--the issue is whether the predominant or base colors in each are identical. For example, a light blue shirt pairs very nicely with many different colored pocket squares that have a light blue foreground pattern, so long as the light blue is a minor element.

    I disagree about Arnaud. Solid plus solid is generally an auto-fail in my book.
     


  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    The same is true of you.

    Of course. What's your point.
     


  6. DerekS

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    The same is true of you.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  7. DerekS

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    I'm not a fan of Cary Grant's or Steve McQueen's style. Fred Astaire wasn't infallible.

    I just cant imagine a white shirt and white pocket square ever looking bad. standard. will never look bad. period. ever. never ever. never. end of story. end thread. end. done. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     


  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I just cant imagine a white shirt and white pocket square ever looking bad. standard. will never look bad. period. ever. never ever. never. end of story. end thread. end. done. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Well, I can cut to the chase and tell you that this thread will pose no interest to you. I have never claimed to tout what is standard or what famous dead actor's used to do.
     


  9. DerekS

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    Well, I can cut to the chase and tell you that this thread will pose no interest to you. I have never claimed to tout what is standard or what famous dead actor's used to do.

    damn buddy. you have the sense of humor of a rock. i assumed this was a discussion.....

    sheesh give a guy his own smiley and look how he acts. [​IMG]
     


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    Fred Astaire wasn't infallible.
    Neither are you.
    What's your point?
    That you're wrong about white shirt/white pocket square. I would have thought that rather obvious. Well said with your posts btw, DerekS.
    You are overthinking this
    Boy oh boy is he ever!
     


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    I disagree about Arnaud. Solid plus solid is generally an auto-fail in my book.



    That is only your preference sonny boy. The complex pattern of his tie is the ideal compliment to solid blue plus solid white PS.
     


  12. Prince of Paisley

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    The background or predominant color of your pocket square should not be the same as your shirt.

    A pocket square is just another layer of your outfit--on top of your shirt, tie and jacket. Moreover, it is the most superfluous of them all. So, if you're going to include it, it really needs to be sufficiently distinct. If you can't come up with happy balance between matching your shirt (or tie or jacket) and incohesive randomness, just don't wear one. The lack of a pocket square has never ruined an outfit.


    Can texture provide the distinction in a pocket square you believe is needed to make it a worthwhile addition to an outfit (as opposed to wearing a "matching" square just for the sake of wearing one)?

    For example, a white silk square has a sheen and texture which, IMO, contrasts nicely with a white cotton shirt.
     


  13. k4lnamja

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    The background or predominant color of your pocket square should not be the same as your shirt.

    Recent posted examples:
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    A pocket square is just another layer of your outfit--on top of your shirt, tie and jacket. Moreover, it is the most superfluous of them all. So, if you're going to include it, it really needs to be sufficiently distinct. If you can't come up with happy balance between matching your shirt (or tie or jacket) and incohesive randomness, just don't wear one. The lack of a pocket square has never ruined an outfit.



    Another layer of the outfit? I've never thought about that. I always assumed the PS should have some color(s) that would match or resemble colors on your tie or shirt. I recently bought 5 white linen one's all with colored edges (brown, light blue, black, grey, and pink). I'm assuming I would pair one of these with a tie or shirt that is similar in color? What about silk one's with numerous colors?

    Apologies for my questions but I'm new to this fashion thing and the pocket square game.

    Cheers
     


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    The 'severity' of a white PS and a predominantly or wholly white shirt works well if you have a high contrast complexion (assuming you're wearing a darker coat/suit here). Whenever I try to 'mute' my PS, e.g. white shirt with blue stripes and a darker blue PS, for example, it just doesn't look right to me. However, I've seen blondes or otherwise men with muted complexions pulling it off fine.
     


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    Well said with your posts btw, DerekS.

    thanks. [​IMG]

    likewise. haha
     


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