Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pocket square dos and donts

A pocket square is a great way to accessorize your suit but there are a few things I do and don't do to make sure it doesn't look over the top.

I do:
Use a white handkerchief. Nothing like using a white cotton handkerchief as a pocket square because you can pull it out when you need it. It's more than an accessory and becomes functional.
Make a square. To fold a flat pocket square: 1) Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface, 2) Fold in half or third (depending on width of pocket), 3) Fold in (depending on depth of pocket). The pocket square should stick about 1/4 to 1/2 inches out of the pocket.

I don't:

Match it to my tie or shirt. Just as I try not to match my shirt and tie, I always only wear a white handkerchief as a pocket square.
Turn it into an origami diagram. There's a temptation to go over the top when you're using a pocket square such as the mountain peaks, but I keep it simple with a flat pocket square that's versatile and classic.


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I hope you don't come to this blog expecting an expert's opinion on men's fashion, clothing and lifestyle because that's not what you're going to get. What you are going to get is what I prefer to do as far as clothing is concerned. Happy browsing!