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Pocket Squares: A Discussion Thread, Questions, Opinions, Suggestions.....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GusW, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is remarkable to me how many people come to SF to ask about pocket squares. The following is a good basic summery by Alan Flusser from his book Clothes and the Man.


    A simple white handkerchief is all that is necessary to complete the business ensemble. It is also the least expensive way a man can quickly elevate his level of style. The handkerchief, like the hose, gives a man one more opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary, something a bit more inventive. A white handkerchief placed in the breast pocket of a dark suit offers a touch of elegance and is sure sign of a confident and knowledgeable dresser.
    The finest white handkerchiefs are made of linen with hand- rolled edges. While they are difficult to find today, they are worth searching for. The virtue of linen is that because of its inherent stiffness, it retains its starched quality throughout the day. It is the only handkerchief fabric that looks as fresh in the evening as it did in the morning, when it was first folded.
    While a white linen handkerchief is the easiest choice for many, since it is always proper, for those more adventuresome dressers, there are handkerchiefs in colors and patterns. In this case, it is generally the tie that is the determining factor in choosing the proper pocket square. The pocket square must complement the tie, though it should never directly match it in pattern or color. Another possibility is silk. These come in a wide array of solid colors. But instead of solids, wear silk in the traditional English ancient madder patterns, such as paisley or foulard. The colors in these are muted and give a more subtle effect.
    If your tie is of silk, a handkerchief of a dry linen fabric looks best, while if your tie is of wool or cotton, silk in the breast pocket will add the proper textural balance to the chest area.

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    I like how the white square compliments the silver (or grey) colors in his tie. Subtle yet elegant.
     
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  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here are a few suggestions for wearing a pocket square:

    1)\tWhen in doubt, skip it.
    2)\tOn the fence? Wear the white linen one.
    3)\tThere is more to wearing pocket squares than a TV fold. That too shall pass.....again as it did in the 60's and look dated. Enjoy the look now, but work on other folds. Try them all and enjoy the variety.
    4)\tThere are ugly pocket squares out there. If not sure if you own one see #1.
    5)\tWear colors that are in harmony with the season. Some, not all, look their best in spring/ summer or fall/winter. Put them away with your other seasonal ties, socks, etc. Of course, some colors and patterns are appropriate year-round and keep those in regular rotation.
     
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  3. DerekS

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    I must obviously agree on the white square. Hahahaha
     
  4. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like a white shirt and white pocket square. But it washes me out in the midst of winter so I usually wear it in Spring and Summer.

    Here, Luca Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari is wearing the solid white pocket square and white shirt and looking elegant as always.

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  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    And, a far more casual way to wear a white shirt, white linen pocket square with a linen/cotton blend inky blue jacket sans necktie.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I approve this as my new favorite pocket square thread.
     
  7. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I approve this as my new favorite pocket square thread.

    I've been waiting for you to show......
     
  8. UrbanAesthetics

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    Pocket Squares should be the part of your outfit that really screams of your personality and style. Be creative. Play with colors and patterns that either match your attire or just an expressive color that distinguishes you from everyone else.
    When in doubt: Go with white.
    http://urbanaesthetics.tumblr.com/
     
  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When in doubt: Go with white.

    Apparently Lapo took your advice.....

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  10. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I've been waiting for you to show......

    Ill have something of value to add shortly... just catching up [​IMG]
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ill have something of value to add shortly... just catching up [​IMG]

    Did your 300 clip electric powered pocket square rack arrive today?
     
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    To keep it short and sweet, I see absolutely no problem with a white shirt and white PS, and while texturizing a silk tie with a linen PS and vice versa is interesting when it works, I think about the texture maybe 1 time in 25, and focus more on color. Anyway, love em or hate em, heres a few of some of my recent combos I liked: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  13. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Moving beyond white shirts and white linen pocket squares (we can come back at any time[​IMG] )

    I like the way this guy is adding a whole new color of green. Yet the polka dots tie in nicely by matching his shirt color for a coordinated look.

    If you are new to pocket squares, consider small polka dots in white or light/medium blue so they will coordinate with your most common shirt colors in a subtle way.

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  14. Will C.

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    To keep it short and sweet, I see absolutely no problem with a white shirt and white PS, and while texturizing a silk tie with a linen PS and vice versa is interesting when it works, I think about the texture maybe 1 time in 25, and focus more on color. Anyway, love em or hate em, heres a few of some of my recent combos I liked:
    ^^ Looks good, especially the first. The last two are a bit more matchy than what I would have opted for.
     
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    1. I like my PSs to be light to medium in color as my suits are generally medium to dark in color. A burgundy PS with a navy / charcoal suit does not work IMO

    2. With a bold patterned SC I prefer to not wear a PS
     
  16. Will C.

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    1. I like my PSs to be light to medium in color as my suits are generally medium to dark in color. A burgundy PS with a navy / charcoal suit does not work IMO

    It works and works well.
     
  17. TheWraith

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    It is remarkable to me how many people come to SF to ask about pocket squares. The following is a good basic summery by Alan Flusser from his book Clothes and the Man.


    A simple white handkerchief is all that is necessary to complete the business ensemble. It is also the least expensive way a man can quickly elevate his level of style. The handkerchief, like the hose, gives a man one more opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary, something a bit more inventive. A white handkerchief placed in the breast pocket of a dark suit offers a touch of elegance and is sure sign of a confident and knowledgeable dresser.


    +1 couldn't agree more with the above.

    Excellent thread btw.
     
  18. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Great thread, G. Love the pics too. I have a question: Do you think some types of material are best done in certain types of folds or puffs? Silk, for example, seems to me to look best as a puff and linen as a fold. I have no idea about wool, since I don't have one. Any thoughts?
     
  19. Kent Wang

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    I like all the photos in this thread so far.
     
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    Not really digging this one. Seems way off palette.

    The problem I have with my squares is scale. Damn things are either so large I can't get them well into my pocket, or so small they don't sit in place. A square is dapper when it's there, but if you're fussing with it all the time it moves quickly into the realm of gimmicky.
     

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