(Dedicated to my friend – Geary Johnson – who used to say – “bring one for show and one for blow”)
There is a great pocket square influence out in the world that has me intrigued! I confess I’m new to this “square” scene – but I like what I see. I like the dash – the pop of color. From Mad Men to Maximinimus to The Elegantologist – pocket squares are a colorful mini explosion on the upper left quadrant of the well-dress guy.
I took a walk through Dillards and Macys here in
. All I found were solid color silk and poly squares. They were nice, I bought one pale blue one, but there was nothing fancy or eye-catching, so I just put the idea of pocket squares away. Florida
Then, a few weeks ago I came across a blog posting by Giuseppe over at An Affordable Wardrobe and he had this fantastic idea of cutting a pocket square from an old shirt that he liked.
The idea stuck like glue - so I decided to try something – thinking “Why can’t I just get some remnant pieces of fabric from a fabric store and cut these squares out myself?”
My wife came along and gave me guidance on types of fabric. I was pretty much thinking I’d stick with cotton and see where that would lead, although silk was always in the back of my mind. I picked out a handful of “1/4 squares”
Basically, all I did was cut out the squares a quarter inch larger than the pocket square that I was using as a template. Since these were cotton fabric, I ironed them flat before cutting.
Here’s the set I came up with. I think the colors pop – and that’s what I was looking for.
As a test-bed, I tucked these colorful gems into this large window pane Flusser linen-cotton jacket I picked up at Stein Mart for next to nothing.
Colorful pocket squares on the cheap - what do you think?
The Art of Manliness did a bog-post on how to fold a pocket square… check it out here.