The right accessories can turn an average outfit into an outfit that makes people take notice. Something as simple as a pocket square can add a layer of sophistication to an otherwise drab suit.
But before we go any further, let’s spend a couple of minutes understanding what a pocket square is. Although the terms pocket square and handkerchief have been used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between the two.
A handkerchief is a hemmed square of thin fabric that is designed to be carried in the pocket and is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one’s hands or face, or blowing one’s nose. Handkerchiefs are usually made of cotton but can be made of other fabrics. A pocket square, on the other hand, has no functional use other than being decorative. Pocket squares are also available in a wider variety of colors, designs, and materials (such as silk, linen, and polyester).
The great thing about pocket squares is that they can add a pop of color or blend into your outfit for a monochrome look (see photo above). You can match it to your tie, or choose a pattern that is totally different. Even if you decide not to wear a tie, your pocket square can stand on its own.
There are many ways to wear a pocket square and the style you choose is entirely up to you. But if you’re unsure on how to wear one, watch this video from my friends at Trunk Club.