The Sartorial Corner with Mike - The Pocket Square

The Pocket Square – Purpose and suit functionality

 

The pocket square is one of the simplest yet misunderstood accessories of sartorial clothing.  The original purpose of a pocket square was for it to be used as a handkerchief to wipe down whatever manner of liquids: sweat, spills, ladies’ tears and so on. The reason why it was in the breast pocket was for quick access and anybody would wear it not only people with suits.

 

As handkerchiefs faded out for tissues and napkins, pocket squares became smaller and less used to the point of merely being a decoration leftover. However, pocket squares are considered a necessity for anytime one wears a blazer with the exception of double breasted where it is occasionally not used because the blazer is designed enough. The main reason for this arrangement is for formality now and to really show a look of well put together gentleman or lady.

 Simple white fold

Simple white fold

 

In terms of accentuating suits, pocket squares are often use as a simple white fold for most business suits and occupations were simplicity is stronger than flair. However, when wanting to flair that’s when one can go all out. It’s best to have a pocket square complement the color or design of a tie, but not match the title exactly due to overall matching and form.  Don’t worry about matching your lapel pin to your pocket square or your suit for that matter – note some suits can have a good contrasting pocket square for a striking look.  Still, the main focus is on how it works with the tie and I know many people get matching ties and pocket squares, but that is not the way to go.

 Note how the colors match of the pocket square match the tie, but not the pattern

Note how the colors match of the pocket square match the tie, but not the pattern

 

Lastly, if you want to add even more flourish to your pocket square, consider folding it in a particular way. I’m going to link the many pocket square folds at the end of this message, because standard square isn’t the only way: Tri-folds, triangle fold, pinch triangle fold and significant poof.

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Please wear your pocket square and make sure it complements well for a little bit of flair.