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HOW TO DO THE POCKET SQUARE

By on July 25, 2014
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THE MINIMAL FOLD

For a subtle, modest approach to the pocket square, the minimal fold is the way to go. Worn by by everyone from James Bond to Don Draper, it will visually break up the suit, but it does fall on the more formal side of the spectrum, so wear it to the boardroom rather than the bar.

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PLAYING WITH COLOUR

Rather than completely match your tie to your pocket square, try picking a secondary colour out of the former and implementing it into the latter. Here, Roger Sterling’s red-patterned pocket square picks out the red diamonds of his tie, instantly transforming his navy suit.

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KNOW WHEN TO TONE IT DOWN

Decided to wear a Prince of Wales check suit with a striped club tie? Be sure to keep your pocket square simple. Pattern-mixing is a dangerous game and going overboard can have catastrophic effects, so you should know when to tone things down, just like Errol Flynn’s done here with his simple, triangle-folded white pocket square.

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UNDERSTAND MATERIAL

When it comes to menswear the type of material you choose can transform an outfit and accessories are no different. Silk is widely considered the industry standard for ties and pocket squares, largely because of its luxury connotations and lasting appeal. It’s not the be all and end all, though. Linen, cotton and wool are all fine options – they’re also more informal and add texture and individuality.

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SO WRONG IT’S RIGHT

On the surface this outfit is a shocker. Somehow though, it just works. This may just be because it’s De Niro in character on the set of Casino. The point is though, if you have the confidence you can get away with breaking the rules, just like Bobby D does here with his matching mustard yellow shirt and pocket square.

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Any other pocket square styles you can think of guys?

Original Post TheGentleman’sJournal

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