Friday, December 9, 2011
There is considerable controversy over the issue of the pocket square and the overcoat pocket, and I come down firmly on the side of yes. In other words, where there is a pocket, there should be a discreet inch of silk or linen showing in my opinion. There are, however, a couple of considerations.
For one thing, consider whether you will be wearing a scarf and, if so, make it a plain one so as not to over-complicate your look. A solid color cashmere muffler will, for example, look better than anything patterned.
Without a scarf, the guidelines for choosing a square to complement a jacket apply to the overcoat pocket. Pair a matte square with a necktie that has sheen, or a shiny square with a matte tie. Mix up the colors. And never, ever, choose a square with the same pattern and color scheme as your necktie.
But do dress your coat pocket.