YOUR BLAZERS BEST FRIEND: THE POCKET SQUARE GUIDE

Ever wondered about how to wear a pocket square? Read this guide and you know everything you need to. The best guide about pocket squares. 

 

All You Need To Know About Pocket Squares

I f you ask us, the pocket square is perhaps the single most indispensable accessories for defining a man of style right now. With a well-chosen pocket square you can boost your outfit in less than a few seconds, and lift it to whole new heights. It's the icing on the cake and if you ask us, you should never wear a blazer without having a pocket square in the chest pocket. But how do you wear a pocket square the right way? How should you fold it? What fabric should the pocket square be made of? How should it compliment your tie? All these questions will be covered step by step in this awesome pocket square guide, making sure you can (un)officially call yourself a man of style.

First, The Most Important Rule: Never Match It To Your Tie

 

This is the number one mistake most men make when they wear a pocket square together with a tie. They match it and wear a pocket square in the same exact color, fabric and pattern that the tie they are rocking. Please: Never match your tie with your pocket square! It looks horrible and it's a misunderstanding that we want to wipe out forever. Hence, a pocket square should instead compliment your tie. Doing so is not a science, it is an art. There's no steadfast rule for choosing a pocket square and no restrictions in either color or pattern selection. Play with it and see what it works. It can be playing with likewise colors, such as grey and blue (which always works), or it can be by mixing a plaid pocket square to a plaid shirt. If in doubt, stay with solid colors and not too much eye-catching pattern.

How To Fold A Pocket Square

 

Again, it is an art, not a science. Sometimes its cool just to curl the pocket square and throw it into your pocket. But there are still some ways that are better than others. And remember, don't make it look too much. You don't want it to look like your kid on 2 years did it to you. An easy rule is to never let your pocket square become too visible. Showing 1-3 cm of the pocket square should do it. Here are the two different folds that we believe are the essential ways to fold a pocket square:

1. The Classic And Streamlined Way

2. The Casual And Artful Way:

The Fabric Your Pocket Square Should Be Of 

 

Most shops selling pocket squares do usually only have the flamboyant silk versions. And that's a shame! Yes, a silk pocket square can look good, no doubt. However, the fact is that most dont. Often these styles are just overshooting with way too much pattern and way too many different colors. Instead we recommend pocket squares in linen, cotton or wool. Linen for summer, wool for winter and cotton for all year around. The best thing about these kinds of fabrics - compared to silk pocket squares - is that they don't necessarily have to be too eye-catching and can be worn even on your casual days with a t-shirt or sweatshirt underneath your blazer. It's funny how a small swatch of fabric can set your style ahead of the pack. When chosen wisely, a pocket square can make a tailored getup memorable. On the flip side, it can turn a tightly executed kit into a bit of mess. With these types of fabrics, you make sure that your look is stylish, contemporary and cool without being too much and too formal.

How To Choose The Right Colors And Pattern

 

 

 

As we said previously, there are no true rules regarding colors and patterns. If it looks right and feels right, walk out the door. But when picking a color for your pocket square think a bit about what colors you are usually wearing. Do you often wear a blue blazer? Perhaps go for a pocket square in a different shade of blue. Or pair it with a complimentary color such as grey. Or do you usually wear a white shirt? Go for one in white - perhaps with a colored border. Again, there are no rules here, just follow the logic and pick colors that goes well together. 

Pocket Squares with patterns are also an easy way to add some sprezzatura to your outift. There are no right or wrong pattern, but polka dots, paisleys and floral print are usually a good idea. Again, just make sure that the colors that the pocket square has compliments the rest of your outfit. 

I'm About To Buy My First (or second) Pocket Square - Which Should I Buy?

 

 

 

If you are about to buy your very first pocket square, we would recommend one in white. It goes with everything and just looks so god damn nice every single time. All men should have a all white pocket square, if you ask us. And please stand out from the crowd by not choosing it in silk like all the other men who can't dress themselves. Yes, the silk version is essential, but only to formal events such as your own wedding or black tie events. Otherwise, go for one in cotton and/or linen.

After having integrated the white pocket square into your wardrobe, the next one we would buy would be one in blue. Chances are that you have a lot of blue or grey blazers, and the blue ones really compliment these two styles of jackets good. Try one with a little pattern now that you already have a solid one in white.

From here, you should really just play with it. Go for pocket squares in different colors, patterns, fabric etc. When you got yourself a few of these, picking what pocket square to rock will just be fun.

To Make It Easier For You:

 

 

To increase the chances of you becoming a man of style, you get a free pocket square when you buy just two ties. Now, that's not bad. Especially because you can freely choose which one you want. You can play safe and choose the all white pocket square, or you can go down the different road to make it pop some more.

Five Pocket Square Quickies:

So real quick - just to sum up, do these four moves and you are now one of the coolest cats in town. 

1. Never wear a blazer without a pocket square in your blazer's pocket.

2. Shiny silk pocket squares are out of style - go for pocket square in either cotton, linen or wool.

3. Try to wear a pocket square that echoes a color in your shirt or tie.

4. It takes practice to master the perfect imperfection when you fold it. But it is worth the time, people will notice. 

5. If you are ever in doubt about which pocket square to go for - pick the all white one.

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