The pocket square is essential to any gentleman’s wardrobe. Appropriate for all formal occasions, the pocket square adds a touch of style and personality to your outfit. While the pocket square can make an outfit, if unskillfully paired it can be an awkward eye sore. Here are a few rules of thumb when selecting your pocket square:
1) White is always right. You will never go wrong with a white pocket square. It matches all suit combinations, and is a classy, traditional touch.
2) Contrast a conservative suit with a bold pocket square and vice versa. We’ve all heard the phrase opposites attract. With a muted grey, black, or brown suit it is impossible to go too bright with your pocket square.
3) DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT match your pocket square with your tie. A perfect match looks tacky and over planned. However the pocket square should complement the tie. We suggest picking a pocket square that is complementary on the color wheel. Reds with greens, purples with yellows, blues with oranges, etc.
4) Be creative! Experiment with different colors and patterns. Mix and match until you find a pocket square that accentuates your personality.
So you’ve selected the perfect square to make your outfit pop, now how do you fold the darn thing? Like ties there are many ways for you to fold your pocket square. We recommend the two peak fold for pocket square beginners. This simple fold is both traditional and elegant.
Two Peak Folding Instructions:
1) Lay your pocket square flat on a table.
2) Fold the bottom corner up and slightly to the left of the top corner.
3) Fold the far left corner half way across the center of the square.
4) Repeat with the far right corner.