25 April 2010

Patterns And Prints


If you were so inclined to listen to the fashionable folk over at GQ (I miss men.style) you are probably currently stocking up on your plaid or plain white cotton pocket squares for Summer. Whilst I do love a crisp folded white pocket square to give my suit that extra dash of elegance, I am a print man at heart. Or more specifically, a floral print man. Or...even more specifically, a Liberty floral print man, but alas my wallet does not always indulge me.

There is nothing nicer than using your pocket square to play against the colour of your tie, shirt or other accessories. Although stylists and gentleman's magazines seem to regard men who mix prints (unless incredibly subtle) with the same disdain as men who pair brown belts with black shoes, I have always found where the pocket square is concerned, the flash of print allows for far greater freedom than the dreaded shirt and tie mixed print fiasco. Whereas clashing prints in close proximity occupy a very precarious area, your suit provides a nice break between your tie and breast pocket, so mixing up those respective prints is more flexible.

As regular readers can attest to, I love colour, and where you may only be wearing a grey suit with white shirt and navy tie (and pale blue or lilac socks perchance?), a little blue and lilac floral print pocket square goes a long way in adding a nice impact. Of course a pocket square can also be worn when you are donning a suit sans tie, in which case simply playing off of the colour of your unbuttoned shirt and a casual fold or puff is always fun.

Again if you follow the advice of that previously mentioned magazine, you are perhaps strictly bound to a folded pocket square à la the painfully stylish Don Draper. It is indeed a rule hard to go wrong with, but then again, rules are meant to be broken. I always find it a shame to square off a wonderfully patterned and colourful pocket square, so why not give it a puff?

Consider this a sample of a collection in progress...

...Tie Rack (well you need to start somewhere!)

Grayson Perry for Liberty

Liberty (Betsy, J)

Liberty (Meadow, C)

Vintage

Vintage

Obviously no collection is complete without some block-coloured pocket squares, and indeed mine most prominently features white cotton. Simple but effective.

It is all about showing that fun additional piece of individuality.


P.S. I would like to extend a MASSIVE thanks to the wonderful Steve and Eliza of Style Salvage for featuring me in their Style Stalking series. Click here to see a little style diary from yours truly.

P.P.S. Click here to bid on the first pair of 1460 Dr Martens boots to be made in their Wollaston factory on their 50th anniversary on 1st April 2010. The winner will be the proud owner of a wonderful pair of DMs and an iconic slice of history. All proceeds go to the Footwear Friends Charity.

Currently playing: Beautiful - Under The Influence Of Giants

xxxx

26 comments:

  1. I like the last vintage one especially. Also magnificent feature on Style Salvage. All the suited ones are especially fantastic!

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  2. such magic with these prints. target here seems to be incooperating this trend in many of their new spring line..even in housewares.

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  3. really a very informative post. love it!

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  4. Miss Mens' Style.com bigtime too! Love the mix of print on print.

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  5. What amazing prints. I can see them as ties and so much more.

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  6. Liberty is hot here at the moment...thanks to U.S Target stores!
    xo

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  7. cool prints. i want some so bad. I did find sort of a golden like pring in that dark one you showed. Hopefully, I can make a bag or something out of it.

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  8. I love the Betsy J fabric... and of course, great feature on Style Salvage ;)

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  9. Love the first and 3rd print...perfection

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  10. love them- liberty betsy j is my fave xxxx

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  11. wow, so cool. great for so many things. I could even sleep on some of these prints.

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  12. Oooh so pretty. Me likey...
    Great blog btw. Love TBAG xx

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  13. I love all those prints. I would love to have skirts and blouses in those prints.

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  14. make people feel happy and always sweet.

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  15. I like the black, white, and red print! Hope you had a fabulous weekend =)

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  16. Gorgeous prints! I think pocket squares and scarves such as these are ripe opportunities to express oneself with minimal risk. I fully encourage men to try this look!

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  17. always love finding messages from you. take care, r

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  18. Such gorgeous fabrics!

    Hope you are doing well, DK!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  19. These are gorgeous prints. Menswear seems to change so subtly from season to season compared to womenswear. Why not add some flash and personality to an ensemble with a colourful patterned pocket square or some fun cufflinks? :-)

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  20. I loved your Style Stalker feature!

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  21. *adore* these especially the Liberty prints - so dreamy! Off to go check out the feature of you at Style Salvage!!

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  22. These patterns make me so happy, it's like wearing spring! I love the liberty florals the most :)

    ~ nicole.

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  23. You have a beautiful collection and I agree, men should really dress up the typical suit and tie when they can with patterns

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