The Pocket Square

Quick Tip Tuesday time. This week: Pocket Squares. A pocket square is a handkerchief that is worn in the breast pocket of a jacket. It’s a men’s accessory that rarely gets used, but if you are trying to Up Your Fashion Game, maybe it’s time to start!

The cool thing about pocket squares is that there is no formal or informal. A pocket square will adapt to whatever you’re wearing. The same pocket square will work perfectly in your business suit and your weekend blazer.

Pocket squares come in every color and pattern you can think of. Last week when I talked about Ties, I talked about materials, textures, and colors. Pocket squares are the same way. They come in solids, patterns, tipped, and in different materials. In fact, ties sometimes come with a matching pocket square. Never, I repeat, NEVER wear a matching tie and pocket square. That’s a cardinal sin. Keeping with the biblical references, GQ has 6 Pocket Square Commandments you should follow:

1. If you blow your nose in it, it belongs in the pocket of your pants, not your breast pocket. These are strictly for show.

2. Shiny silk pocket squares are out of style. (With apologies to all the dandies out there.)

3. You can spend $180 on cashmere that’s shorn from the fleece of Italian unicorns, but you’ll look just as good if you spend only $8.

4. Try wearing a square that echoes a color in your shirt or tie. If your plaid tie has a subtle red stripe in it, maybe go for a square that has red tipping.

5. If it makes your breast pocket bulge too much, you need to refold it or get a smaller square.

6. It’s okay to spend two or three minutes in front of your mirror fiddling with your square until you’re happy with it. Nonchalance takes practice.

Try different folds. There are a lot out there. One point, two points, three points, flat, or just stuff it in there. See what works for your personality.

Up Your Fashion Game on the cheap. Get a few from my favorite brand The Tie Bar for only $8.


The Littlest Thing Makes the Biggest Difference. The pocket square is the single most indispensable tool for defining a man of style these days. – GQ



4 thoughts on “The Pocket Square

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  3. I recently learned that pocket squares are “in” and love the idea of them. I’ve never worn one but I’m on the hunt for them now. I ‘m attending four weddings this summer and I plan to have a different one for each!

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