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Pocketsquare 101

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Gus, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Gus

    Gus Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Here is a nice overview on pocket squares. I for one, like either a sharp TV fold for a formal look or a loose puff with a few corners sticking out randomly when going casual. But, in the end, do whatever you like and have fun with it.

    http://artofmanliness.com/2008/06/15...pocket-square/
     

  2. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Distinguished Member

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    Good read, thanks. I myself do not like the TV fold which comes across as anxious and antiseptic.
     

  3. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Good read, thanks. I myself do not like the TV fold which comes across as anxious and antiseptic.

    As someone who owns, funds, and operates his very own sewer, you above all should appreciate the value of a good antiseptic.
     

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    As someone who owns, funds, and operates his very own sewer, you above all should appreciate the value of a good antiseptic.

    I thought at first glance you meant that he funded somebody to do all his sewing. [​IMG]
     

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    From the forums, It seem most would agree a matching tie and pocket square would be a bit much.....Would it be just as bad (or maybe worse) to have the pocket square matching identically to the shirt? Reason for me asking, Is that Im having quite a few shirts being made, and thought I'd just ask the tailor to make a pocket square for each cloth chosen for the shirts... I'm still not ready to do any coordination of patterns - this would be a cop out until I've read the WAYWNT for a few more months :p.

    I really like the TV fold, not really a fan of the puff or points (or atleast for now) - 12 inch seems to be size for this/most versatile? (Square will be made from Cotton, of varying thickness depending on the cloths chosen for the shirts)
     

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    Would it be just as bad (or maybe worse) to have the pocket square matching identically to the shirt?

    Yes, absolutely.
     

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    Oh yeah, forgot to add - more than likely 80%+ I wont be wearing a tie...
     

  8. Manton

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    I don't think there is anything wrong with a white linen square and a white cotton shirt. Any other color(s), though, and I go out of my way not to match.
     

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    I very rarely wear a suit, but I wear some kind of blazer, or sportcoat, almost daily, and never fail to have some kind of pocketsquare in the pocket. I folded at first, but I prefer haphazardly stuffing the PS into the pocket.
     

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    I'll use the TV fold with my cotton squares. When I use white linen, which is very rarely, I usually go with some sort of peaked fold. For silken squares, which I overwhelmingly prefer, I always puff them.

    If I'm going tie-less and ascot-less, I may wear a solid square that's similar in color to my shirt. I do, however, think that pairing a shirt and a square cut from the same material is a little too akin to the matching tie-square sets.
     

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    Matching shirt and square = amateur
    TV fold is usually amateur too.
     

  12. Gus

    Gus Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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  14. Gus

    Gus Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    I have pocketsquares in all kinds of classic colors and patterns. But, it is fun to throw something in the mix that is a bit different from time to time, especially for parties and casual evenings out on the town. One of the most unusual and enjoyable pocket squares that I have is this one from Paul Smith. It looks like a B&W newspaper print with ball point pen markings on it. It works best with a TV fold and always gets comments.

    [​IMG]
     

  15. TheFusilliJerry

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    I always wear a pocket square. As a basic rule, my pocket square always relates to my tie(not match, just relate). My other rule is: When in doubt, white linen in TV fold.
     

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