Photography by Mr Will Thom. Styling by Mr Mark Anthony
Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher

Pocket squares are popular once again; it's now largely unremarkable to have a piece of cotton, linen or silk adorning your suit's breast pocket. While this is a welcome addition to the sartorial armory it does mean that we need to remember, or discover, how to fold the damn things.

First up, choose what it is you want to express. Buttoned-up restraint? Precise geometry? Relaxed creativity? We have a fold, with accompanying instructions, to suit every mood. After a bit of practice and experimentation the idea of wearing a jacket without something in the breast pocket will seem grimly austere.

The 10 Rules

It should not match your tie, although there may be some
correspondence between the colours

It should not be folded around a piece of cardboard

In an ideal world all pocket squares would have hand-rolled edges

It's not meant to look like a bunch of flowers bursting from your chest

They're not for your nose, which is why a man needs to carry "one for show and one to blow". (The one to blow lives in your hip pocket)

One can draw conclusions about a man's state of mind from the way he wears his pocket square - take Mr Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film Secret Agent, in which an uncontrollable pocket square reflects the unhinged character of actor
Mr Peter Lorre

White linen is never wrong

Texture counts, which is why white linen makes so different an impression
from white silk

Pocket squares, like hats, must be worn with nonchalance - as blogger Mr Will Boehlke writes: "As if they were employed to wipe spilled champagne from a lady's dress mere moments ago."

They should always be notably clean

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