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The Lost Square

What’s better than the utility and depth of a pocket? The singular aesthetic purpose of the pocket square! No, it’s not quite as handy as a handkerchief—it does not blow your nose or wipe your forehead—but it pleases the eye and shows a little you. It serves as a tuft of color, an accoutrement of flair, a pop of personality.

But where have they gone, the pocket squares? Maybe out with blazers. They are rare and far between. I say it’s time to bring them back, boys and girls. And don’t save them for the penguin suits. With the casual textures and whimsical prints that are presenting themselves these days, pocket squares are for the daily wear. Add a square to the pocket of a puffer vest, a lady’s knit blazer, a leather jacket, or even an oxford shirt. Here are a few inspiring looks and colors.

Pocket Square Looks

Left to right: via Reckless Bones. via Nice N Clean. Set winter/fall 2012 collection with Anna Selezneva. via Alterations Needed.

Pocket Squares

Top, left to right: Topman green dot. Alexander Olch pocket round. Paul Smith London white/yellow stripe.
Bottom, left to right: Kent Wang cat print. The Tie Bar blue silk knit. BKLYN Dry Goods x Study NY.


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Scarves To Go

What is one thing you never leave home without?

Whether your passport is colored with visas and stamps or you carry a Metro-North ten-trip ticket, your environment is always changing when you travel. I’ve always supported traveling light by packing fewer pieces that are multi-functional. That’s why seasoned travelers never leave home without a scarf. And no, scarves are not just for the winter.

One of the most versatile types of scarves is the scrunchable, washable Turkish pestemal or Tunisian fouta. They’re best known for their use as hammam towels, but they also keep you comfy, cozy, and a chameleon as you change surroundings.

Use one as a scarf to keep off the chill…
a towel for drying off…
a blanket for the plane…
a shade at the beach…
a tied-up sack for farmers’ market goods…
a cover-up after a swim…
a setting for a picnic…

Left to right: Fouta Lifestyle Fatma fouta in terracotta orange. Abdulla Natural Products Hazan pestemal. 8knots seersucker stripe pestemal.

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Tool Tips

Clothes need periodic attention to be their best. This care begins at an item’s entrance into your home and continues throughout its life. But you don’t need to be a professional to tackle this; make your life easy by keeping a few tools at your fingertips.

SEAM RIPPER | Typically used by a tailor to rip a seam quickly and precisely when opening a hem or taking apart pieces of a garment, this tool is for the layman as well. Before you wear something for the first time, there are a few things you should do to make it presentable. Removal of some non-necessities also gives greater comfort.

  • Remove X-shaped stitch holding closed slits, flaps, pleats; labels from coat arms or unsightly labels on waistbands.
  • Open pockets and buttonholes.
  • Remove itchy labels; annoying and malfunctioning straps and ribbons.

DE-PILLER | There is a wonderful invention called a de-piller or clothes shaver or fuzz buster…. Clothes can pill or develop fuzz as they’re worn, but a de-piller revives them by shaving them clean. Be careful not to snag your clothes and pay careful attention to areas that experience constant friction against a bag or another body part, as these are usually the fuzziest.

  • Tops: under arms, along seams, near the butt, inside the collar, at the bottom hem.
  • Bottoms: on the seat, at the waistband, along the hips, in between the thighs.

LINT ROLLER | Don’t forget the tried and true lint roller. Just before stepping out, remove animal hair, human hair, sweater fuzz, dust, etc. Give yourself a once rollover!

FLATIRON | If you or someone you live with already owns one at home, use a flatiron to make sure you look crisp where your clothes might be a little crinkly from being crushed in the closet or in a drawer. Be sure that your flatiron is free of any hair product, and do not use it anywhere you wouldn’t use a normal iron!

  • Tops: plackets between buttons, collar points, pleats.
  • Bottoms: waistbands, shirttails, pleats, pant and skirt hems.

THREAD SNIPPERS | Sometimes we like our cheap clothes, at the cost of sloppy stitching. Handy thread snippers help trim thread ends that stick out here and there.

So keep your toolkit stocked and help your clothes (and you!) feeling and looking their best.

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Ton Sur Ton

Whites | (Left to right, top to bottom.) Embellished top: Calypso. Blazer: Aritzia. Clutch: Etro. Cardigan: J. McLaughlin. Striped blouse: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Knitted vest: t h e o r y. Lace shorts: Club Monaco. Linen shirt: vintage. Crocodile skirt: Rodarte x Opening Ceremony.

Blues | (Clockwise from top.) Navy silk top: Rebecca Taylor. Blazer: Rugby. Scarves: JF and Son, Alexander McQueen. Chambray shirt: t h e o r y. Jeans: Earnest Sewn. Floral top: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Sweatshirt: James Perse.

Browns | (Left to right, top to bottom.) Metallic skirt: handmade by my sister, Janice. Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied. Cardigan: vintage Pringle. Silk blouse: Equipment. Floral blouse: development. Velvet blazer: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Scarf: Hermès. Clutch: Céline.

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