Tucking a folded square into your top pocket is one of the easiest ways to take your look from so-so to sharp.
It may be a small detail, but this small accessory had grand beginnings in China during the Chou dynasty. It’s since been used as everything from a way to flaunt social class to something to stop people wiping their nose on their sleeves in Richard II’s day. We have tissues for that sort of thing now so your pocket square is – thankfully – just a stylish touch to round off a tailored look.
Here are two ways you can fold yours.
Choosing the right material is important but not crucial – it all depends on what look you’re going for. Cotton squares are the most popular and generally have the most contemporary designs. Linen squares add great texture and look great in the warmer months. Silk squares look sophisticated when puff-folded into your breast pocket.
There are no hard and fast rules for which colours to use, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the traditionalists among us prefer a white pocket square for business suits. Blue and pastel colours will do the job just as well, though. Best to save your bright patterns for evenings or a special occasion. Your pocket square should contrast with your tie rather than match it as well as complement the colour of your shirt. If you’re feeling brave, go for a pattern clash.