Pocket squares are perhaps the most underrated part of corporate dressing but it is the one male accessory that can add colour and personality to any suit or jacket.
Like most of the fashion items men wear, the pocket square was originally utilitarian.
History shows that the Greeks and Egyptians wore pieces of clothes over their breast which are similar to the modern day pocket squares we wear.
The difference however lies in the fact that the pocket squares were worn for a much different reason in the past (for sniffing pleasing scent under the nose).
In the 19th century, this was swapped for handkerchiefs kept in the breast pocket to keep them pristine and in the 21st century, as a strictly stylish item seen contemporarily as a way of the contemporary way expressing personality through colour and pattern.
Despite the fact that pocket square went out of fashion for a number of decades, it has returned strongly as a male accessory from the 90s till now.
The modern pocket square is worn to add some colour, elegance and flair to the standard blues, grays and blacks of male suiting.
Most pocket squares are made from an array of materials, more commonly linen, cotton, wool, and silk.
Perhaps the most important factor put into consideration is the fact that the material shouldn’t be bulky so as to prevent it from bulging from the pocket and ruining the overall silhouette and appearance of your suit.
While there are no hard and fast rules, it is important to remember a number of things which you should observe.
The first of these is to remember not to match your pocket square with your tie. A lot of people do this and such style is till acceptable but ensuring you do not make a close match is essential.
For instance, if you’re wearing a tie with large spots, ensure that your tie comes with more smaller spots as that is more acceptable.
Secondly, it’s always best to start with a solid colour, especially if you’re unsure about which colours or patterns work with your tie or suit colour.
To start with, you can pick out a secondary colour in your shirt and tie and find a pocket square which is mainly the same or similar colour, either solid or in a pattern.
Furthermore, you can also choose to clash colours but you should avoid appearing ridiculous. A lot of modern men that down pocket squares think it should clash as dramatically as possible with the colour and pattern of their tie.
This doesn’t necessarily have to be the case as it may just make you look like you don’t know what you’re doing.
How To Fold Your Pocket squares
There are a lot of ways to fold and wear a pocket square, and it is best to find one that suits your style and personality. It is probably best to wear it as a straight fold, but the essential modern ones you need to know, however, are below:
The Single or Flat Fold
The Loose or Uneven Fold
The Single Peak Fold
The Puff or Unstructured fold