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So upon reading Fluesser and lurking it seems that to be stylish one must not wear a pocket square as the same material as the tie. Why is it that most pocket squares we buy from the fashion stores are made of silk, which most ties are made out of?

And just to verify, is it then the epitome of style to use an actual cotten handkerchief (for sneezing), and those larger silk/polyester hankdercheifs as a pocket square since it is not the same material as ties(silk)?

Also, almost all people I see wear the same combination pocket square and tie and I almost feel it is going against the norm, (maybe even taboo?), to differ from this style.
 

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I don't know why they sell them together, but I bought a box once that had a tie, pocket square, and a pair of cufflinks all the same material. I don't wear them together, but I like the pattern and use all three pieces.

All of my pocket squares are silk as well as my ties. There is no issue with wearing a silk square and a silk tie. You could also do cotton or linen though.
 

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yay first post here

So upon reading Fluesser and lurking it seems that to be stylish one must not wear a pocket square as the same material as the tie. Why is it that most pocket squares we buy from the fashion stores are made of silk, which most ties are made out of?

And just to verify, is it then the epitome of style to use an actual cotten handkerchief (for sneezing), and those larger silk/polyester hankdercheifs as a pocket square since it is not the same material as ties(silk)?

Also, almost all people I see wear the same combination pocket square and tie and I almost feel it is going against the norm, (maybe even taboo?), to differ from this style.
I think what they mean is: Don't wear the same pattern as your tie. It's okay to wear a silk tie and a silk pocket square. I like to wear a linen square in the Spring/Summer. I wear more silk in the Fall/Winter.
 

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When a linen handkerchief is worn in an outside breast pocket, it is a "pocket square." When the same item is worn in an inside breast pocket, it is a "handkerchief."

We are never to confuse the two. The inside article may be used for hygienic purposes, the outside may not. Of course, should you have a tearful female witness on cross, you probably should pull out the outside version to gallantly offer her, rather than the one inside, or risk the tearful lady thinking you might have used it already yourself.

Ah, then the pocket square returns to its origins, provided it is cotton or linen, since it is doubtful that even a chivalrous member of the bar would sacrifice that silk Hermes number thus. In that case, grab the tissue box off the clerk's desk:icon_smile_big:
 

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A growing number of menswear retailers now offer (in addition to silk) cotton and linen pochettes (or, if you will, pocket squares) in an array of colours and colour combinations. These must, of course, be hand-rolled; if they are not, put them either in a trouser pocket or inside a coat sleeve. (This latter usage is now quaintly old-fashioned and somewhat patrician.)

It is not wrong to wear a silk tie with a silk pochette; it IS wrong to wear a matching tie and pochette. The effect is contrived and lacking imagination. These 'sets' are usually bought by women who have neither the time nor the imagination to seek out a more satisfactory present for their menfolk.

I prefer a combination of silk tie and either a cotton or linen pocket square for two reasons: (1) contrasting textures (dry and wet); (2) a silk pochette, unless of a heavy weight, is not easily folded; it must be worn as a 'puffball'.

I feel instinctively that a gentleman should be prepared to offer his pochette to a lady when occasion requires - e.g. tears - which is why I carry a handkerchief!
 
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