Thoughts on pen inserted in shirt placket

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  1. xkmasada

    xkmasada Active Member

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    Today at a meeting, I saw the CEO and COO of my company with nice pens (Montblancs) inserted in the plackets of their buttondown shirts between the 2nd and 3rd top buttons. I've seen this before, including in dress shirts with the pens discretely covered by neckties.

    I was wondering what fellow SF members think about this. Does it look too casual? Or is it an elegant solution of wear to put pens when your shirt has no chest pocket?
     


  2. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    My thoughts are that it is an inelegant way of carrying a pen, probably a pseudo-style statement more than anything else.
     


  3. Fishball

    Fishball Senior member

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    I do it all the time, it is just for convenient sake.
    But be careful to fasten the pen. sometime the pen drop off from the cap, then your shirt.....
    Also, I lost my Parker old Duofold in this way.
     


  4. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    Not a good idea.
    It looks inelegant and as Fishball said, you can end up getting ink on your shirt.
    I tend to carry a pen inside my leather folio, or at a pinch, I slide it down inside my side trouser pocket, with just the clip showing the outside of the trousers. I've never had the lid come off, but at least that way if the pen does leak, it won't really be noticeable against the dark fabric of the trousers.
     


  5. grimslade

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    Hey! I have an idea. If you had a pocket on your shirt, you could put it in there!
     


  6. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    Hey! I have an idea. If you had a pocket on your shirt, you could put it in there!

    philistine !


    me I don't do neither... I don't write with archaic tools anymore.
     


  7. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I may have done it once or twice at most. But only impulsively out of a genuine need to put the pen somewhere for a few seconds while doing something else. And usually in that scenario, if the jacket isn't near, it goes in the trouser pocket.

    As a consistent way of carrying your pen? No thanks, not for me.
     


  8. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I much prefer that to carrying a pen in your shirt pocket.
     


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    imageWIS Senior member

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    philistine !


    me I don't do neither... I don't write with archaic tools anymore.


    You using Voice Actuation?

    Jon.
     


  10. lpwb32

    lpwb32 Senior member

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    i just had an awesome idea. pen-tie clip! i'm going to patent it.

    other projects in the development pipeline:

    leatherman-tie clip
    laserpointer-tie clip
    moneyclip-tie clip
     


  11. CTGuy

    CTGuy Made Guy

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    I know some men are fans of the the whole pen on the shirt thing-- I think it's a little too old fashioned even for me. It reminds me of something a 65 year old engineer might do. I love pens, but I keep them in my inside jacket pocket or in a briefcase.
     


  12. SantaCruzGuy

    SantaCruzGuy Well-Known Member

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    "I know some men are fans of the the whole pen on the shirt thing-- I think it's a little too old fashioned even for me. It reminds me of something a 65 year old engineer might do. I love pens, but I keep them in my inside jacket pocket or in a briefcase."

    New solution: instead of using a fancy schmancy pen, use your new iPhone to hang it there instead. It'll make the same positive impression.

    I knew some guys that did this with a pen too, & it was always a Mont Blanc un-coincidentally.
     


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    I love styleforum. You read all sorts of important questions here...
     


  14. LabelKing

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    I sometimes do it though I once lost a vintage '20s Sheaffer Balance Oversize that way. It was Jade Green too.
     


  15. J'aimelescravates

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    I really don't like this look at all. I always keep my pen in a) my hand b) on my desk or c) in an inside pocket of my jacket. IMHO, if you need a pen so quickly as to not be able to put it in your pocket it's best to just leave it in your hand.
     


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