The pocket square is to a well-dressed man what Mr Eric Clapton's guitar solo is to "Layla" - a soulful flourish that not everyone can pull off. Adding another element to an outfit brings into play questions about the colour, fabric and style that must be answered if you want to get it right. In this film, the latest episode in MR PORTER's How To series, Mr Michael Hill, managing director of London tie maker Drake's and a man of unerring good taste, demonstrates four ways to fold a pocket square. He also offers some advice about how to pick a square to complement the rest of your outfit, and reveals the secrets behind the perfect pocket puff.
Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER
FIlm by Mr Jacopo Maria Cinti, Associate Art Director, MR PORTER
FIVE MEN WHO WEAR THEM WELL
The fictional ad-man, whose mid-century corporate style kick-started the current trend for accessories, is rarely seen without a flat-top pocket square that's as precise as his side parting.
Photo: Kobal Collection
MR EDWARD SEXTON
One of London's most dapper tailors, Mr Sexton dresses to a standard the rest of us can merely dream of. A puffed pocket square is always part of the mix.
Photo: Luke Carby
MR SAM LAMBERT
The Angola-born half of Art Comes First, a pair of stylists and designers much loved by street style photographers, is distinguished by the bebop reworking he brings to menswear staples, including the square in his breast pocket.
Photo: Joppe Rog
MR MOTOFUMI "POGGY" KOGI
The Japanese menswear buyer is a man with a wild, multi-faceted approach to style. However, when he's formally dressed he wears his pocket squares with a crisp fold and a straight line.
MR ALEXANDER KRAFT
The chairman of Sotheby's International Realty France is on his way to becoming a style icon. This is thanks to the way he wears his bespoke suits from Parisian tailor Cifonelli, and the way he furnishes his breast pocket with expressive, tips-up silk squares.
Photo: Luke Carby