The often overlooked accessory that gives a men’s outfit a completely different look to it, is a must have in any men’s wardrobe.
Not only can it be worn in the breast pocket of the jacket of the suit, but also in the overcoat. Etiquette for smokings is that a pocket square can be worn if it is white, or if you really have to make a statement you may go for red. If you decide to wear a red pocket square, I would also advice wearing red suspenders to see some jealous men lose their girlfriends, to you.
The pocket square should never be from the same fabric or have matching patterns of the tie. Rather, it should match the suit or shirt to really impress. You can have some of the color of the tie coordinate with the color of the pocket square, just don’t overdo it. There is no strict etiquette, just trust your gut feeling when matching the colors and patterns of a pocket square, with those of the suit and shirt. There are several ways of folding the pocket square, our favorite is the ‘reverse puff’ where the puff of fabric is in the pocket and has the points out, like petals. The more conservative style of wearing it is when you fold it according to the ‘presidential’ style, at right angles to fit the pocket.
Exclusive pocket squares are usually made from silk. However, other fabrics such as linen and cotton can be just as elegant. Depending on the depth of your pocket and the fabric inside the pocket itself, some pocket squares from silk tend to slip down the pocket which is quite annoying. A solution to this challenge could be to use a small piece of double sided tape.
Pocket squares also function as a great substitute for ties. When you have a semi-formal event to attend and don’t feel like wearing a tie, try a pocket square. It will make your outfit look formal, and elegant, yet allows you to breathe when the event turns into party.