Monday, March 23, 2009

Tip-of-the-Day: Hanky Panky

A pocket square, so small and so simple, can completely transform an outfit. It is one of the few areas where even the most conservative man can have fun with his wardrobe.

A few guidelines:

- If you are bold (and experienced) try a flash of color with a unique pattern to compliment the rest of your outfit. It can play off another subtle color in your outfit, or it can just be a random pop of color

- If you are a beginner, or more conservative, or 007, go with the most classic: solid white cotton or linen folded square, not puffy. It never fails.

- Cotton and linen usually are easier to pull off than silk.

- Going puffy is adventurous, but can blow up in your face. When in doubt, fold it square and only show about a quarter inch (like your shirt cuffs under your jacket)

- White goes with everything

- If your shirt and tie are already loud (bold color, strong check or stripe...) then you probably don't want to wear a loud pocket risk looking like you are trying to hard

- Never say never, but NEVER wear a matching tie and pocket square

- Lastly, when in a jam, be creative (see Tip-of-the-day March 11th)

Yours in style, Style Blogger.

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