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

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  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm sure others may have some helpful suggestions and maybe even some photos but here are my thoughts: Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I really like the description of the suits and ties you have selected. It sounds like you have made some very nice choices. What are the bridesmaids and groomsmen doing for flowers and boutonnieres? If the flowers match, wouldn't that be enough of a coordinated look? If all the bridesmaids flowers and groomsmen's boutonnieres match and the pocket squares match the dresses, that could end up looking way too matchy-matchy. A white linen pocket square would be ideal and not compete with the color of the flowers. A white pocket square will almost always photograph better in a wedding setting . There are a lot of groomsmen and wedding party photos on line. You might look at these with your bride-to-be then decide. But, hey, it's your wedding. Do what you want, make her happy on this special day and have fun. Good luck with your wedding plans.
    My first SF post - been lurking for a couple months now! Did'nt want to post another wedding attire thread, and my question is related to the pocket square so figure here is a great place to post. I am getting married in June. The groomsmen are wearing medium grey suits with wedding ties in a black/white houndstooth pattern. My fiancee insists in having a bit of matching between the groomsmen and bridsemaids which I am fine with, and I think the pocket square would be a good place to do it. The bridesmaids are wearing a light seafoam green/blue color. I found a great match in color in Sam Hober's grenadine silk. Do you think adding in this subtle green/blue (almost silver) will be appropriate with the men's outfit described? I personally think the texture of the grenadine will be a nice addition to the look, my only concern was adding a color to an otherwise monochrome look, but my gut instinct is a pop of color would be nice. The other option would be a light pink linen square from Kent Wang (which would match the flowers and complement the seafoam). Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions!
     


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    Thanks pocketsquareguy, for the advice.

    We've been through a ton of pics, unfortunately all the magazines tend to lean towards a fully matched ensemble...there are some nice ideas out there but unfortunately they are the exception, and not the rule.

    I thought we might be too matchy-matchy. The boutonnieres will be handmade with a single small light pink silk flower to match the bridesmaids white/pink bouquets. I think the men in monochrome with white PS and the single pink flower to break it all up would look brilliant.

    I suppose its up to me to convince the wife.

    Any dissenting opinions out there?
     


  3. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I suppose its up to me to convince the wife.

    Just consider this practice for marriage. [​IMG]
     


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    ^ Guess I gotta start somewhere.
     


  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here are a few basic folds and very good advice at 4:00

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    Bean Counter: without getting too deep into the rest of things, you might want to e-mail Hober. I have heard terrible things about their lead times on ties - not sure if those would apply to squares as well. Given that you are getting married in June, you may simply find that Hober is not an option. Others may have more specific input; I haven't ever ordered from Hober myself. I've been tempted, but as I've read some things about 8-month lead times, I got cold feet.
     


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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    More examples.

    Gold and blue silk square with gray suit and brown grenadine necktie.

    Tan and white checked silk square with gray suit and tan on black madder necktie.

    White linen square with a blue suit, lavender shirt and navy blue knit necktie.

    Gold printed silk square with a gray suit and black cashmere glen check necktie.

    A square should ideally be a different material from the necktie, ie linen square with a silk tie, and should complement but be different from the rest of the day's clothing. That can be as similar as repeating a color but a different texture and pattern, or as different as the gold square in the photo to the right where it repeats nothing but still harmonizes.
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  9. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Will, is that DB a Mahon? Looks great.

    - B


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  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I thought we might be too matchy-matchy. The boutonnieres will be handmade with a single small light pink silk flower to match the bridesmaids white/pink bouquets. I think the men in monochrome with white PS and the single pink flower to break it all up would look brilliant.

    I think you are right.

    In the future, maybe you should be the one selecting the furniture [​IMG]
     


  12. GusW

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    Bean Counter: without getting too deep into the rest of things, you might want to e-mail Hober....... Others may have more specific input; I haven't ever ordered from Hober myself. I've been tempted......
    Douglas, In 2008 which was a long time ago we had a very long wait time for ties since then our average time is roughly one week to make a necktie order and one or two days to make a pocket square plus mailing time. Note we have never had a long wait to make pocket squares. Also we have been in business for 50 years and that was the only year that we have had long wait times for orders. Our long term track record is about 99%+ on schedule. Also for weddings we can make an order in a couple of days if need be most of the time. We have never been slow for wedding orders. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions we would be very happy to make a tie for you.
     


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    More examples.

    Gold and blue silk square with gray suit and brown grenadine necktie.

    Tan and white checked silk square with gray suit and tan on black madder necktie.

    White linen square with a blue suit, lavender shirt and navy blue knit necktie.

    Gold printed silk square with a gray suit and black cashmere glen check necktie.

    A square should ideally be a different material from the necktie, ie linen square with a silk tie, and should complement but be different from the rest of the day's clothing. That can be as similar as repeating a color but a different texture and pattern, or as different as the gold square in the photo to the right where it repeats nothing but still harmonizes.


    Second from the right is my favorite, except for the way the tie sits in the collar. You're pulling a Geithner:

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