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How To Wear A Pocket Square

How To Wear A Pocket Square

Pocket squares have become a sartorial staple for the modern man. They come across as a simple piece of accessory, but when done correctly this can boost your whole look. Whether going for a cotton, silk, plain or patterned we’ve written a guide on how to wear a pocket square.

 When it comes to choosing a pocket square it’s crucial you don’t go for one which matches your tie. This is a massive no-no and no guy should ever make this style mistake. Instead go for tones and colours which work well together. For example a pocket square with blue polka dots will look great against a plain blue tie.

When choosing colours and patterns for your pocket square, it can become a struggle, especially if you’re new to this. Start off by stocking up with some of the essentials, by going for plain colours. Their simplicity and lack of pattern makes it easy to match it with your look. Start off with a classic white version. This will give you a subtle yet sophisticated look.

White Pocket Squares

Photo Credit: Charles Tyrwhitt, Mr Porter and Selfridges

Once you’ve become more confident, it’s time for you to move to patterns. Traditional patterns such as gingham, tartan, polka dot and paisley are really effective in adding a range to your wardrobe. When choosing colour go for rich jewel tones such as burgundy, navy and green.

Patterned Pocket Squares

Photo Credit: Turnbull and Asser, J.Crew and Selfridges

Before assembling a wardrobe full of pocket squares, it’s crucial you also understand the art of the fold. With various ways to fold your pocket square, its important to know which style to go for, for each look.

Square Fold:

Also known as the presidential. This is one of the most subtlest and easily executed. This style would work well for a more conservative occasion, whether you’re attending a black tie event or an important meeting.

Square Fold Pocket Square

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One Point Fold:

This is much more eye catching compared to the square fold, due to the triangular shape it provides. The one point fold also offers versatility to your overall look, as it would look great worn to the office or meeting friends for dinner.

One Point Pocket Square Fold

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Two Point Fold:

A variation on the one point fold. The two point fold consists of two peaks displayed from the pocket. This type of fold can handle brightness and detailing, so when choosing patterns go for gingham, plaids and paisley. One available in a silk would be perfect.

Two Point Pocket Square Fold

Photo Credit: Gentleman’s Gazette

Three Point Fold:

Also known as a crown fold.  This has to be one of the most complicated folds. We suggest going for this style once you’ve become more confident wearing pocket squares. As the folds are smaller with a three point we suggest going for a gingham check.

Three Point Pocket Square Fold

Photo Credit: He Spoke Style

Casual Fold:

The casual fold, also known as the puff fold has to be one of the simplest folds of all. Offering a more traditional and subtle display, this style of pocket square offers plenty of body. This is also a great way for you to play around with different patterns. Go for a pocket square in a silk, this will help to add the right volume to your look.

Puff Fold Pocket Square

Photo Credit: The Dark Knot

For more information on how to wear a pocket square or to discuss our other bespoke suits, jackets and shirts give us a call on 0207 566 0077 or book an appointment at our Old Street studio using the Tailor Made London Booking Tool.

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