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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Pocket Squares


A reader question:

Dear Muffy,

May I ask the community a question.

What are their views on pocket squares? I've worn them since I was a young man (a long time ago now) initially solid colours but more patterned and a little more flamboyant as I've grown older. I think they add a nice little splash of colour and never wear a jacket without one.

Kind regards.

13 comments:

  1. My jacket feels naked without one.

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  2. Yes, positively, absolutely, unequivocally, yes.

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  3. Pocket Squares do add dash to an outfit. I use a white silk for my tuxedo, and pin striped navy suits.

    For country wear, Cordings offers a unique variety of terrific pocket squares inspired by medieval drawings of woodland animals and dogs. I wear the Navy Sitting Dog Woodland Hank with my tweed jackets. Very sheikh.

    https://www.cordings.co.uk/us/catalog/category/view/id/102/?___store=us_view

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  4. The favourites in my collection are older patterned Turnbull & Asser. The current offerings are a bit dull in my opinion

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  5. White linen hand washed, corn starch immersion, ironed. No need to candy it up.

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  6. It depends, in my two piece blue suit (white OCBD and rep tie) its the conservative white strip with about an inch showing. In my blue brass buttoned (UVA buttons) blazer, a more colorful silk tossed carelessly into the breast pocket.

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  7. I agree that a jacket is naked without a pocket square. For me, usually the straight, white cotton or linen line peeking from the breast pocket of a suit, and something like a puff of ancient madder or a print foulard with tweeds.

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  8. When I was a younger man, I loved pocket squares. Now they just seem an irregular part of my work uniform. As an aside, now I'm old and can't see. I like to use that pocket to store my eyeglasses when they are not being worn.

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  9. I've worn them for years. Mine are from J. Press, Turnbull & Asser, and some really colorful old ones from Herm├Ęs.

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  10. My father called them frippery, and I tend to agree.

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  11. Yes, of course. I wear it for me, not you.

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  12. A must! Especially vintage ones!

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  13. Superfluous nonsense

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