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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.
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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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