Pocket Squares are BACK!

Like the classy studs of the past, many men of today use a pochette for that finishing touch.  I, myself, am a big fan of those squared pieces of fabric, as I believe they definitely add a small dose of fun, class, and even gallantry to one’s image.

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It is important to point that it’s not enough to just stuff a pocket square into your shirt or coat; each occasion calls for a distinct folding method. This attention to detail is essential and reveals how acute your understanding of the concept is.

Here are a few tips:

If you are going to work, I recommend that you stick with the original  flat pocket square fold. This particular method is also appropriate for a cocktail party or business meeting, though for the latter, you could also use the one- or two points pocket squared fold.”

Two- and three points pocket squares, when worn during business events, generally convey a message of authority.  Avoiding coming off as pretentious, I wouldn’t use this folding method unless you are one of the big shots or otherwise seasoned enough to claim seniority within the group. For weddings, black tie events, and other such glamorous occasions, however, it’s fair game.

You can add a little creativity to the standard sports jacket with the puff pocket square fold or the flower fold, which is just the reverse version of the puff method. Either way, you’ll definitely add a little bit of fun to your outfit.

There are 15 to 20 well-known folding methods. When deciding which folding method is appropriate, use the following as a guideline: point(s) is appropriate for business and formal ceremonies, whereas flats and puffs are geared for more relaxed and informal occasions.   

Here is a link that will help you choose the appropriate folding method!

Until next time, be Swell my friends, because style does matter…

Written by JFK

Posted on February 28, 2013 .