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How to Support Team USA In Style

061314_Kiton-World-Cup-Pocket-SquareIn case you’ve been searching for the most dapper way to show your World Cup fandom this summer, we’ve got your answer. (Put down the vuvuzela.)

Because luxe Neapolitan tailoring house Kiton has just released a handful of national flag pocket squares in silk twill—with rolled edges, naturally. Of course they’ve got Italy and Brazil in there, plus Britain and China (which we’ll assume is wishful thinking for 2018). But the real standout is the star-spangled banner of a pocket square for the good old US of A. And since Team America doesn’t take the field for their first game until Monday, you’ve got all weekend to track one down (Barneys looks like a smart bet). Which is especially timely, since you probably won’t be able to get away with wearing a jersey into the office.

Get a closer look, after the jump.»

Possibly the Most Gentlemanly Pocket Squares Ever

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It’s easy to forget that in a more genteel era, the pocket square wasn’t just a piece of sartorial flair—it served as a man’s first line of defense against a damp brow or a teary companion.

Which is why a little upstart pocket square maker out of Dallas named Quixotic has begun issuing a challenge: should any of their pocket squares get lost or ruined in the line of gentlemanly duty, they’ll send you a new one, free of charge. You’ll need to supply them with a good story or evidence of valor-related fraying or staining (which probably does not include mustard), and your chivalry will be rewarded. But first you’ll need one of their pocket squares...

Take a look at a few of our favorites, after the jump.»

The Six Pocket Squares to Consider for Spring

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We like to think of it as the first step in the impending seasonal wardrobe shift into a life of gauzy cottons, chambray and linens: the spring pocket square.

Call it wishful thinking for the sunnier times ahead, but there’s something comforting about a little burst of color on a particularly gray day. And since a handsome new crop of bright and airy pocket squares has begun springing up in shops all over, we thought we’d round up your best options:

The six pocket squares to consider for spring...»

The Fall/Winter Pocket Square

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By now you’ve already begun the monumental seasonal wardrobe shift—the linens and cottons making way for the heftier wools and Donegals—but you’ve probably overlooked one thing you’ve probably overlooked: your pocket square.

Which is why we’d like to suggest a little something we’re calling: the fall/winter pocket square.

Instead of your standard silk fare, these are thicker and nappier and come in the familiar weaves of fall. It’s an easy way to inject a shot of autumnal-ness into your navy blazer and gray flannel routine—remember: a little tweed can go a long way.

Naturally, we’ve rounded up a handful of the finest specimens out there.»

Head to Toe: Seersucker

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Around Derby weekend, the seersucker suit gets all the attention.

But the fabric itself is so versatile—and cooling, with its uneven weave lifting the cotton off your skin and leaving hundreds of tiny pockets of air to cool you. So, in the event you’d like to outfit another part of your body with seersucker—say, your neck, or your feet—we’ve gone ahead and found enough gear to swathe you from head to toe in the legendarily cooling fabric. Now, we’re not saying you should try wearing every single piece here at once...

But we’re not not saying that either.»

The Pocket Squares of Spring

Spring Menswear One of our favorite things about watching spring head toward summer is seeing all of the bright colors blooming—not from the local flora, but from well-appointed breast pockets.

Which means your own pocket squares should be getting brighter, airier and more spring-like. (If they haven’t already.) Luckily, we’ve scoured the market for all of the brightest and boldest new cotton, linen and cotton-linen pocket squares out there for your spring transition.

Herewith, all of the handsome pocket squares your spring requires.»

Lovely Luggage, The Hill-side’s GIFbook and the Sartorialist’s Lunch for 25

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Good Baggage: Ryan Plett shows us the proper way to travel: with a spectacular leather duffel bag and equally spectacular company.

Basq’ing: Basquiat was known for turning his apartments into live-in art installations, and it has just been discovered that an ex-girlfriend held on to one, untouched for 30 years.

Hollywood Squares: The Hill-side has just unveiled their latest lookbook in winning fashion: animated GIFs of pocket squares undressing and more cleverness.

Sart and Pepper: The Sartorialist hosts his third epic luncheon for 25 menswear greats. Dapperness and toasting ensue. Cue the video.

Teen Jeopardy, Badassery and Duckie Brown’s Style Advice

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Sold in Bundles: Valet uncovers the ingenious Japanese retail tradition of furoshiki—and how Hickoree’s Hard Goods is employing it to fantastic effect with their pocket squares and bandanas.

I’ll Take YOLO for $18,000, Alex: Grantland recounts the story of the greatest contestant of Teen Jeopardy—nay, of all Jeopardy history: a gutsy olive-shirted wunderkind named Leonard Cooper.

Getting Personal: BuzzFeed catches up with the gents behind Duckie Brown to break down the four things every guy should know about personal style.

Tie Optional: Just in case Justin Timberlake has yet to make it totally clear that he’s definitely on his “suit and tie shit,” Esquire has the final cut of his with-artistic-director-Tom-Ford video.