The scope of the humble pocket square should not be underestimated. An oft forgotten addition that can haul a tired suit into the limelight, the pocket square has a versatility that should not be ignored. Whether you are slaving away in the office or puffing on a cigar in the Gee Gees as Cecil tops up your glass, the pocket square, in much the same way a tie or ones watch, can say a great deal about you and, in a way the other adornments can’t, your mood.
There are few items of clothing that are so easy to modify depending on situation. Ties, short of carrying a replacement, are unchangeable in every way save the knot, and that, in all honesty, should be decided for you by the shirt collar you have chosen to wear; cufflinks and watches are personal, but benign items; belts and shoes should match, but that is as far as they go. Short of scuff marks on your new brogues being an active delineation of your fury, modifications to shoes are, if not impossible, unadvisable.
The pocket square. That small, angular slice of silk. How it is your friend! When folded in the muted office style it pulls together your outfit for the perfect masculine appearance; when puffed and bulging from your breast pocket it cries out playfulness; when folded back on itself in the winged puff variation it speaks volumes of sartorial savvy.
How will you fold yours? Over the next week I’ll showcase some of the more popular folds with links to a rather nifty website showing you how it’s done. Please explore the linked site as there are more options than I will discuss, and it is, after all, a very personal and situational thing.
I’ll also publish this series of posts sometime in the New Year to remind y’all of these essential tips that provide a cost effective and lush way to spice-up your wardrobe.
The Formal Point
The single point is a classic, timeless look, quite at home in the office or gentleman’s club:
If you want something a little more extravagant, try a double or triple point, as seen below:
Playful and effete, the Puff fold looks simple, but is tough to master. Like organised chaos it can complete or clutter your look. Practice makes perfect, my friends:
The Winged Puff
My favourite fold; the formation I sport at almost all occasions. It is simple to do and easy to rectify should it slip throughout the night (though stiffening the handkerchief with a business card keeps it in place just fine).
The Iconic square
Perfect for that 1960s office look. Sleek and chic, the single band of colour can pull your whole outfit together, linking your jacket with your shirt. Stick to white for a stark contrast and learn how to fold by following the link below: