Versatility and Happenstance
Yesterday I wrote about a rather pricey ($35) pocket square I picked up over the weekend at the Etro outlet. As you can see it’s a rather complex and, to some I’m sure, rather disjunctive set of patterns and colors. But that’s what I love about it.
It’s made from an incredibly gossamer linen, and mashes together a number of different aesthetic styles. To me (and I’m no art historian) the floral designs have an East Asian feel to them, the paisley is grounded in a more South Asian look, the borders feel a little Middle Eastern, and the geometric rectangles and circles evoke something a little more modern (not that one can’t be East Asian, South Asian, or Middle Eastern and modern…). And I can’t even begin to describe all the different colors that come together in the piece.
What’s great about a square like this other than the sheer delight one gets from looking at it unfolded, is the mileage you can get out of stuffing it into a chest pocket in a number of random configurations. It’s incredibly versatile.
Here I’ve just folded and stuffed it into a jacket pocket in 5 different ways, and each one unveils something different about the pocket square. I feel like I could probably wear this every day this summer and look like I’ve got a different pocket square each day.