Guy Friday: Pocket Squares Add Panache

February 13, 2008 by HeFindsEd
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What: Ermenegildo Zegna Geometric Silk Pocket Square, $36

Why: New York Fashion Week recently ended and we noticed a number of designers showing pocket square accents on the models. But this isn’t your grandfather’s boring, dubiously clean snot rag. From mild to wild, the traditional handkerchief has been upgraded—and updated—to the pocket square. It’s another example of the trend back to a more sophisticated look with an emphasis on individual style. We love Ermenegildo Zegna’s pocket square because its geometric pattern is modern, understated, and versatile for several suit colors and tie styles.

Here are a few tips for pairing pocket squares with ties and suits:

•    If wearing an abstract patterned tie with many colors, keep the square simple with two colors (one of which is in the tie) and a subdued, repetitive pattern.
•    With patterned suits, like houndstooth or windowpane, stick with a solid square in a bright color.
•    For patterns, keep the square fresh with stripes, geometric shapes, and tight floral prints (no paisley, please!).
•    And absolutely no tie/pocket square sets—it does not communicate confidence.

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