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

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

  1. Will C.

    Will C. Senior member

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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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. emptym

    emptym Moderator 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?
     
  4. Kent Wang

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    I like all the photos in this thread so far.
     
  5. pvrhye

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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.
     
  6. southernstyle

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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.

    [​IMG]


    Any idea what kind of glasses these are?
     
  7. SpooPoker

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

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    Not really digging this one. Seems way off palette.


    Blue and brown with blue and brown? [​IMG]
     
  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.

    Try this fold as demonstrated by Will of A Suitable Wardrobe. It should fit in almost any pocket. I like its relaxed look and the subtle points. BTW it works equally as well with a silk square.

    http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/...et-square.html
     
  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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?
    Wool- folded in a TV shape, loose fold or with peaks. (Luciano Barbera does a very cool loose fold, nice relaxed look) Silk- in a swirling poof or with a puff and relaxed points exposed behind. Silk doesn't ever look right to me in a TV fold but it can work in a loose fold. Depends upon the colors and pattern. Linen- TV fold, Loose fold, Poof/Puff with points (my favorite with linen) Cotton - see Linen Socks- on your feet
     
  10. Mr. White

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    Just as you'd never go out looking like you don't give a damn, never leave the house looking like you're trying to impress others.
     
  11. Dinhilion

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    Wool- folded in a TV shape, loose fold or with peaks. (Luciano Barbera does a very cool loose fold, nice relaxed look)

    Silk- in a swirling poof or with a puff and relaxed points exposed behind. Silk doesn't ever look right to me in a TV fold but it can work in a loose fold. Depends upon the colors and pattern.

    Linen- TV fold, Loose fold, Poof/Puff with points (my favorite with linen)

    Cotton - see Linen

    Socks- on your feet


    Could you provide me with a link that shows how to fold each of these.
     
  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just as you'd never go out looking like you don't give a damn, never leave the house looking like you're trying to impress others.

    This is a good point. I think it was Will who said, "You don't want it to look too studied". In the 80's guys had these complex PS folds. They looked way too uptight and stiff. A relaxed PS fold is a good way to convey a more relaxed personal style. Have fun with it.
     
  13. Joffrey

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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.


    Eh? Beyond job interviews and funerals I can't imagine any other time a pocket square seems doubtful? I only wear white linen or silk, neatly folded. When I toughen up, I'll venture into some color and patterns.
     
  14. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Could you provide me with a link that shows how to fold each of these.

    The master shows a loose fold at 28 seconds

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    Blue and brown with blue and brown? [​IMG]
    The teal doesn't seem blue at all to me. And thanks for the link. I'll try it.
     

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