Tips on adding a pocket square!

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  1. Jovan

    Jovan Banned for Good

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    I used to make the mistake of just folding and stuffing a handkerchief into my breast pocket. After some messing around, I found that making it look crisp and elegant was only a matter of adding a few minutes to the process. Enter the iron. Sure, you may iron them unfolded, but what really makes the difference is keeping it folded neatly by pressing. I fold and iron as shown, and get awesome results. [​IMG] [​IMG] This is probably common knowledge, I apologize. But I want some of the newbies here to avoid the mistakes I've made in the past. Now, with that aside, I need an opinion. [​IMG] Which pair of socks with a mid-grey three piece suit, white shirt, black captoe bluchers, and that tie? Note the black socks actually have an argyle pattern knitted into them even though the picture doesn't show it well.
     


  2. pkincy

    pkincy Senior member

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    Well, I will preface this to say that I am old and conservative but here goes:

    No argyles with a suit ever. A very subtle sewed in pattern maybe.

    And I suppose you can wear black or dark grey socks and a darkish tie with a grey suit but I seldom do.

    I will more typically wear cordovan color laced shoes, navy blue socks and a cordovan belt. And I find that a tie that is predominantly yellow will give a bit of pop to a fairly mundane monochromatic outfit.

    I do have a grey Zegna shirt, and a high quality Italian near matching grey tie with black highlights that I will wear with my Charcoal Grey Zegna 3 button SB. But only with the charcoal grey. This combo I will pair with a pair of black wholecuts, black belt and watch with black leather band.

    My mid greys, which are a Samuelsohn 2 button and an Isaia pinstripe 3 button, are normally worn in the old trad style above (cordovan accessories, navy blue socks, yellow tie <or sometimes red, burgundy or orange>)

    Perry
     


  3. skalogre

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    Grey and black argyle
     


  4. Jovan

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    Ah well, I am young and thus a little flamboyant. Me and my argyle socks almost never go apart even with a suit. Any thoughts on my tips though?
     


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    philosophe Senior member

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    Maybe it's lack of imagination, I just can't see argyles with a dark suit.
     


  6. Jovan

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    The Tradleys must be vomiting at me in unison right now, haha. I honestly don't see why it's so bad besides it being untraditional. Ties, shirts, and the suit itself can have patterns... why I can't my socks? I guess it's just a personal affectation of mine.
     


  7. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Actually, if you want support for wearing argyle it is to the 'Trads' that you should look.
     


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    Tomasso Senior member

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    I would go with the blue/grey(?) argyle socks(left on photo), they'll work with the suit and tie better than the black socks(which would coordinate with a black tie).
     


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    Thanks for the advice, gents. I'm leaving to the event now... in the blue argyle socks. (Those lighter coloured diamonds are actually a tealish colour) I have no flower since they don't bloom around my house, but hopefully the pocket square will add enough of a finishing touch. [​IMG]
     


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    Well, I will preface this to say that I am old and conservative but here goes:

    No argyles with a suit ever.


    Let me just repeat what Perry said: No argyles with a suit ever!
     


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    Doesn't bother me that much, and I would definitely wear argyles with a more rustic suit. If you're seeking flamboyance, coloured (maybe clocked) socks would be more in tune with the ensemble you described.
     


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