Pocket squares are a small but incredible detail in men’s fashion. They date back older than the modern suit itself and even as far as Shakespearean times. What originally was a simple handkerchief is now a staple fashion accessory. Presidents, Hollywood celebrities, and style gurus can also be seen with a pocket square to match their suits. They come in an endless amount of styles, materials, and design. Since we know you like to look good, we’ve put together this concise pocket square guide, enjoy.
Diversity Is Key
When choosing a pocket square, you don’t want it to match your outfit too much. If it is the same colour as your suit or tie, it can look a bit underwhelming. A pocket square should add texture and interest. You’ll commonly see them contrast with the suit colour which makes them stand out more. For example you may be wearing a navy suit but have a red pocket square to match your red tie. You could also sport a black suit with an orange pocket square.
Regarding colour you definitely need some simple ones to start off with. Plain white, blue, and red pocket squares are good ideas. As you begin to learn how to style them you can introduce more intricate designs and patterns.
So you have a few pocket squares in your wardrobe but now it’s time to fold them correctly. The best way to start is with a simple square fold. This is what you commonly see presidents, actors, and alike sporting. It’s simple, classy, and easy to pull off.
- Begin by unfolding the square completely.
- Fold the square to the width of your jacket pocket.
- Fold from the bottom but keep it a touch longer than the pocket height.
- Place it comfortably in your pocket and a small portion should stand out.
The next fold style is known as the ‘one-point-fold’ or ‘one corner up’. Some may argue it’s a bit more casual while others see it as more formal. One thing is for sure, it looks great so lets go over how to do it.
- Begin by unfolding the square completely and rotate it so it looks like a diamond.
- Fold it upwards to make a triangle.
- Fold the two bottom corners inwards to match the width of your jacket pocket.
- Place it comfortably in your pocket so the pointed tip stands out.
If you have never watched Aaron Marino, you’re missing out on tons of style advice. Below is one of his videos where he details how to fold pocket squares in multiple different ways.
Pocket Square Styles & Materials
Not all of your pocket squares have to be simple and plain. If you look around and see other gentlemen sporting them, you’ll often notice that they can have interesting patterns. Herringbone is one of the most common you’ll come across and features square arrangements as such:
The paisley pattern is of Persian origin and is characterized by having a ornamental tear-drop shape motif. This pattern is even used on certain pieces of footwear as its popularity has begun to grow. On pocket squares it creates a wonderfully unique design that will add a pop to your outfit.
Accompanied by a sheen appearance, silk pocket squares are the most traditional material to wear. Since neck ties are commonly composed of silk, they will easily match in texture when you wear them together. A cotton pocket square can be used to match your shirts fabric, see the pattern here? You may not always be able to match the colour or design but the material can some times be used as a middle ground. Lastly linen is another fabric pocket squares can be made of and offer a bit more texture and rougher edges than the other two. For casual outfits when you’ve tossed on your favourite sports coat, this is a wise choice.
Thank you for stopping by Pierro Shoes and reading our pocket square guide. We hope you learned a thing or two and improved your style today. Feel free to share this with your friends to teach them about fashion too!