Of the ways to fill an open shirt collar, I like the neckerchief, like the one worn by the late French actor Philippe Noiret, best. But just try to find one - Jermyn Street's New & Lingwood is the only place I know of that stocks them and the last time I checked they had them hidden in a drawer.
To my mind, neckerchiefs deserve more popularity than they receive. Whether worn discreetly, with the ends left inside the shirt, or flamboyantly exposed for all to see neckerchiefs have fewer negative connotations than ascots and are considerably less expensive than silk squares like the one worn by Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief. That is because the 24"/61cm square neckerchief requires less silk.
Wearing a neckerchief is simple. The square is folded into a triangle and rolled up, and the ends are knotted in front of the neck. Try it, if you can find one.
Monday, March 8, 2010
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