I love pocket squares. I really, really do. I think they are the quintessential dapper accessory for any Dandi who wears a suit. Talk about giving your look that extra-extra that most suit wearers take for granted. Plus they still have a practical element that any woman would find extremely gentledandi if ever in need of a tissue.
Polo Ralph Lauren Museum Paisley
Now the trick with this is to carry two pocket squares, one for looks or the lady in distress then another, more in the guise of a handkerchief, in your back or inside jacket pocket for yourself. (No germs shared that way)
Liberty of London
What color should you choose? I like loud (surprise!) but it still must have some common thread that ties in the weave of my suit jacket, tie and shirt. This is another place besides your tie or socks to have some fun.
Brooks Brothers Madras
How to fold it? Well for one thing please oh please do not try to hard. I wear the version that is styled in the first picture, but a lot of Dandi’s, 007 and the Mad Men crew comes to mind, wear what is known as the Clean Edge. Fold the square in thirds and then in half, place it in your pocket with the edge about a quarter of an inch above. I’m not big on rules so do it whatever style gives you that individual Dandi touch.
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One of my favorite television programs along with one of my favorite style decades for men’s fashion has come together in a collaboration between Banana Republic and AMC’s hit show Mad Men. This collaboration has birthed a 1960′s inspired collection for Dandi’s and women that have 65 items at great price points and sensibilities.
The Don Draper look is the thing and it will look great on any Dandi who likes to wear suits as their form of expression or who like to be a little more buttoned up in their every day lives. This collection offers a little bit of everything; ties, cardigans, Mac outerwear, sweaters, vests, pocket squares, tie clips as well as the classic Don Draper inspired suit.
The average price on a suit jacket is $355, pants average $150 and up. The Mac Jacket is $225 with everything else in the line below $130. The cut on these clothes, as was in the ’60′s is tailor and slim fit so you might need to try on a few sizes to get the right fit. The great news is that this collection has a good variety of sizes and goes up to 42W in pants and 48 Chest in the blazers.
If you don’t live in a major city or near the flagship store you may find that particularly for us Dandi’s there is a limited selection, but it is all available online and if it doesn’t fit you can return it to the store nearest you. If it does fit and you desire the length of your pants to compliment your height better Banana Republic offers a limited tailoring service at all of their locations.