Tit bits of Suitopia-Pocket square

Of all the various accessories available to the gentleman, the handkerchief in the jacket’s breast pocket is quite likely the least understood. What colour to choose, which fabric is right, and how to fold it properly are just some of the questions that add to the apprehension.

Lets us admit, do we really have any specific record of when humans first started using handkerchiefs or pocket squares? Well no, because small pieces of cloth have been used since the time cloth was invented. However, let us look at how its use entered the world of men fashion in a big way.

As two-piece suits came into fashion in the 19th century, many men started to place their clean pocket square into the breast pocket of their jacket to protect it from dirt and other objects, such as coins, in their trousers’ pockets. The look of the pocket square in the breast pocket became more popular, especially after specific folding techniques came into use. By the 1920s the pocket square had become more of a fashion accessory than having any other purpose. Often time’s men had a pocket square in their breast pocket, and another handkerchief in their trousers meant for wiping their hands or cleaning their nose.

Every man should be aware of pocket square etiquette rules. The dress handkerchief doesn’t have to be a mysterious and frightening item; with a little know-how and a few simple rules, it can become a standard – and debonair – part of any gentleman’s wardrobe.

Pocket squares should never match your tie. It may seem like a brilliant idea to match your pocket square to your tie, but it isn’t. Proper pocket square etiquette mandates complementing the tie. If your tie is patterned or printed, choose a colour from the pattern or print and use a pocket square that coordinates but does not exactly match the colour from the tie. An easy tip would be to go a shade or two lighter or darker than the tie you are trying to complement with the pocket square.

Pocket squares at a formal occasion must always be white. Formal events are not the time to play around with colour when rocking a pocket square. The occasion demands you follow a strict dress code and as a gentleman, you must adhere to these rules down to your pocket square. Etiquette standards do give you a choice of cotton or linen fabrications for your pocket square, as well as the allowing for a textured or woven fabric.

Know how to fold your pocket square properly. Perhaps the most important principle when it comes to pocket square etiquette is the correct way to fold and position your pocket square. Without this knowledge, you may as well not wear one. Do not just shove the pocket square into the pocket. Do take the time to create an elegant fold.

When putting together your suit, the options are end­less. The small­est details deter­mine its look and com­fort and ulti­mately, the impres­sion you make. The addition of a pocket square adds some finishing panache to a good suit. So, the first guideline of pocket square usage is to always wear one when you wear a suit or sport coat. It just looks better.

 

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It’s Hip to be Square

After all but disappearing in the 1990s, the pocket square has returned full force, and we’re just pleased as punch about it.  It’s a wonderful place to show a little taste and personality in an otherwise simple and uniform outfit.  When it comes to completing the dapper look, nothing says suave and sophisticated quite like a clean, neatly folded pocket square.
Few accessories for men have the ability to go from fashionable to functional in the blink of an eye like a well-folded pocket square. A true silk pocket square is best used to add a dash of colour and style to your wardrobe, and proper pocket square folds add a touch of uniqueness to your overall look. If silk isn’t an option, a fine-spun cotton or linen will often perform the job just as cleanly without the added expense.
Here are some basic ways to fold and place a pocket square in your suit jacket’s pocket. There are an infinite number of ways to do this, but these are the basics. The idea is to not try too hard. You don’t want it to look too perfect, or too imperfect that it seems you tried for 10 minutes to get the right.

Square Fold: This fold, also called “Presidential Fold”, is one of the easiest ways to fold a pocket square. This fold is best for elegant attire ranging from formal business dress to black tie. Typically a classic white pocket square made from silk or linen is used for this fold..

Puff-Fold: A fold so simple your six-year-old nephew could make it. Leave ample time for tucking and tweaking with this fold; there’s a fine line between laid back and lazy, and the puff fold walks it with aplomb.

Point Fold: A simple, elegant fold that peaks up out of your jacket, adding height to your torso area. A timeless classic, always fold the bottom up three quarters of the length for added rigidity so your pocket square doesn’t droop.

Multipoint fold: This is a beautiful, decorative fold that should be reserved for the most elegant of occasions; remember, it’s a highly ornamental fold, which will naturally draw much attention – don’t upstage your groomsman or special guest speaker with this design!
Like a signature scent, rather than always changing, you should choose the one that pleases you best and make it your mark.  Also there are couple of things to Remember!

Make sure your pocket square is clean and freshly laundered.
There are few things worse than a crumpled, crusty square thrown into a breast pocket. If your pocket square has been sat in a draw for the past four years, it’s best to give it a quick freshen to avoid musty pongs.

Carry two.
There is an old rule says to always carry two pocket squares, or hankies: one in your suit jacket’s breast pocket (for looks, but more importantly, in case the lady you’re with needs to use it), and one in your back pocket for yourself. However feel free to come to the rescue with your pocket square if necessary; end of the day it’s a handkerchief.

Make Once, Wear Once.
Don’t reuse your pocket square without laundering again first. Never refold and tuck back in once unfurled, you won’t be able to get those crisp lines back again without a good ironing beforehand. Put that square in a side pocket out of sight.

Pocket Full of Sunshine

In a day how many times we actually dig in to our pockets but do we really pay much attention to them. There are days when our outfit don’t have pockets sewn in them, but, just out of habit we look for them. The way I see it, pockets, they are multi-functional; they are the best place to carry your tit bits, keeps your hands warm and also sometimes make a statement.

Pocket is a pouch that has a closed end is usually stitched on a garment or even inside the garment. Pocket can be both functional and decorative purpose. Pocket helps in holding and small article temporarily. It is important that pocket size, shape, and placement should complement the design of the garment.

In European clothing pockets began by being hung like purses from a belt, which could be concealed beneath a coat or jerkin and reached through a slit in the outer garment. Well it has definitely evolved from there. Hence let’s take a look at the different kinds of pocket on a modern men’s suit.

  • Flap pocket – These are the most commonly seen pockets and named for the overhanging flap.  Can be worn in any and all professional and casual environments
  • Besom and/or jetted pocket-These are basically flap pockets without the flap.  They are created with a welted edge and when constructed properly they are hardly noticeable to the viewer.
  • Patch pocket – These pockets look just how they sound.  They are actually sewn onto the jacket instead of into the body. They come in various shapes.
  • Breast pocket – Can either be present or not on the left chest.  Meant for holding a pocket square, handkerchief, gloves, glasses, bandanna or anything else of the imagination
  • Pen pocket – The smallest of the inside jacket pockets.  As the name suggests it’s meant for holding a pen.
  • Cell phone pocket – The mid size pocket most often found on the inside, left bottom of the jacket.  This is to hold your cell phone.
  • Change pocket – The smallest of all pockets.  Meant for keeping your change and it is often located inside of the right pocket.