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Today the article is about the pocket square. You know, that little piece of cloth that gentlemen sometimes wear in their breast pocket. What is the etiquette surrounding this accessory? Is it just for decoration? Or does it also have a function? When and how is it appropriate to wear it? I’ll tell you all about it.
The pocket square has a long history, dating back to Roman times. Workers used it to wipe sweat from their brow. But when men began carrying handkerchiefs in their back pockets to wipe their forehead or nose, the pocket square became obsolete. The pocket square made a comeback at the beginning of the twentieth century. This time around it was the well-dressed, dapper man who wore it, usually in white and with a tuxedo.
Today this modern accessory offers men the opportunity to distinguish themselves. The pocket square is no longer only available in white. There are now countless colors, patterns, and different fabrics.
The pocket square: when and how to wear it
Because it is a modern accessory, men can choose to wear it in different ways, and for different occasions. The classic combination of a white pocket square with a tuxedo is still the most beautiful, but as there are many options available, it is fun to experiment with it.
Most men wear a pocket square that matches the color of their shirt, tie, or even bow tie, but a matching fabric is a no-no. The next question is, how do you fold a pocket square. There are many techniques, and all create a different effect. In the video below, you can see twelve techniques in three minutes.
Personally, I think it’s a shame that few men wear the pocket square. As a man, it is a way to show your unique identity stylishly. And because so few men wear it, you immediately stand out. And yes, dare to do that … Curious about the pocket square? In addition to luxury fashion stores like Reiss and Mr. Porter, you can also buy them at online stores such as Falke, Charles Tyrwhitt and Ted Baker.