SHOP NOWBlazer by rag & boneSHOP NOWShorts by Burberry BritSHOP NOWShirt by AcneSHOP NOWLoafers by b Store
SHOP NOWTie by Turnbull & AsserSHOP NOWShirt by CharvetSHOP NOWPocket Square by Turnbull & AsserSHOP NOWSuit by Paul Smith LondonSHOP NOWLoafers by Car Shoe
SHOP NOWTie Clip by Brooks BrothersSHOP NOWTie by J.CrewSHOP NOWShirt by GucciSHOP NOWPocket Square by Ralph Lauren Black LabelSHOP NOWJacket by Canali
SHOP NOWTie by GucciSHOP NOWCardigan by LanvinSHOP NOWShirt by Brooks BrothersSHOP NOWPocket Square by Turnbull & AsserSHOP NOWSuit by Ralph Lauren Black Label
SHOP NOWTie by Brooks BrothersSHOP NOWShirt by Brooks BrothersSHOP NOWPocket Square by CharvetSHOP NOWJacket by Ralph Lauren Black Label
SHOP NOWTie by Turnbull & AsserSHOP NOWShirt by Turnbull & AsserSHOP NOWPocket Square by Turnbull & AsserSHOP NOWSuit by Richard James
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