How to use pocket squares

An instant upgrade of your ensemble is to add a pocket square (ps). However, there are some rules in using pocket squares:

  1. It must not be identical t your tie. Sometimes, ties (mostly cheap ties) are packaged with an identical pocket square—never use that pocket square with that identical tie.
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Never match pocket square and tie like this example.

  1. Instead of matching the pocket square with the tie, match with the shirt or a color from your suit or a color from the tie.
  2. Coordinate the colors and not match.
  3. If possible, try to use a different texture, such as, linen or cotton pocket square with silk tie, silk pocket square with linen or cotton tie.
  4. Everybody should have a white linen pocket square. You can use the white linen pocket square with almost any combination.
  5. High quality pocket squares have hand rolled edges and one could easily see the beautiful rolled edges peeking from the jacket’s pocket. Observe the hand-rolled edges in the example below.
  6. How to fold pocket squares? I use only two or three folds. The Internet has many examples. See this http://kingofdhaka.com/?s=pocket+square+folds#

Here are  some examples of how t use pocket squares:

 

Blue jacket, light pink shirt, blue and pink bow tie, pink silk pocket square with blue border.

Blue jacket, light pink shirt, blue and pink bow tie, pink silk pocket square with blue border.

Blue check suit, pink silk tie, pink linen pocket square

Blue check suit, pink silk tie, pink linen pocket square

Check suit, reddish striped silk tie, reddish silk pocket square.

Check suit, reddish striped silk tie, reddish silk pocket square.

Light mustard suit, blue shirt, mustard/yellow/blue striped silk knit tie, blue and white linen pocket square

Light mustard suit, blue shirt, mustard/yellow/blue striped silk knit tie, blue and white linen pocket square

Gray hounds tooth suit, gray and pink check silk tie, pink and blue silk pocket square

Gray hounds tooth suit, gray and pink check silk tie, pink and blue silk pocket square

blue suit, white shirt, multi-colored tie, and white linen pocket square

blue suit, white shirt, multi-colored tie, and white linen pocket square

Gray PoW suit, light blue shirt, blue silk tie, light blue linen pocket square

Gray PoW suit, light blue shirt, blue silk tie, light blue linen pocket square

Purple gray suit, red check shirt, Green and maroon paisley silk tie, peach silk pocket square

Purple gray suit, red check shirt, Green and maroon paisley silk tie, peach silk pocket square

Grown Gun Club check sports jacket, light blue shirt, brown silk tie, blue silk pocket square

Grown Gun Club check sports jacket, light blue shirt, brown silk tie, blue silk pocket square

light gray suit, blue candy stripe contrast collar shirt, blue silk tie, white linen pocket square

light gray suit, blue candy stripe contrast collar shirt, blue silk tie, white linen pocket square

Light brown suit, blue contrast collar shirt, blue on blue striped silk tie, white linen pocket square

Light brown suit, blue contrast collar shirt, blue on blue striped silk tie, white linen pocket square

Blue suit, white shirt, white and blue check silk tie, light blue linen pocket square

Blue suit, white shirt, white and blue check silk tie, light blue linen pocket square

Gray PoW suit, white shirt, maroon silk tie, white linen pocket square

Gray PoW suit, white shirt, maroon silk tie, white linen pocket square

Blue subtle check suit, light pink shirt, blue and pink bow tie, light pink linen pocket square

Blue subtle check suit, light pink shirt, blue and pink bow tie, light pink linen pocket square

Gray suit, blue stripe shirt, blue silk knit tie with white dots, blue check linen pocket square

Gray suit, blue stripe shirt, blue silk knit tie with white dots, blue check linen pocket square

brown and blue check suit, blue shirt, yellow tie, blue and yellow printed silk pocket square

brown and blue check suit, blue shirt, yellow tie, blue and yellow printed silk pocket square

Light blue suit, light pink shirt, pink and blue striped silk tie, pink and blue silk pocket square

Light blue suit, light pink shirt, pink and blue striped silk tie, pink and blue silk pocket square

Light gray suit, blue and white striped shirt, red and blue tartan cotton tie, blue and red silk pocket square

Light gray suit, blue and white striped shirt, red and blue tartan cotton tie, blue and red silk pocket square

blue check suit, blue contrast collar shirt, blue and white patterned silk tie, and white linen pocket square

blue check suit, blue contrast collar shirt, blue and white patterned silk tie, and white linen pocket square

White linen sports jacket, blue/white gingham shirt,  dark blue silk knit tie, blue silk pocket square

White linen sports jacket, blue/white gingham shirt, dark blue silk knit tie, blue silk pocket square

Gray check sports jacket, blue/white striped shirt, blue/yellow striped silk knit tie, yellow and blue pocket square

Gray check sports jacket, blue/white striped shirt, blue/yellow striped silk knit tie, yellow and blue pocket square

Cream linen sports jacket, blue/black striped contrast collar shirt, black/white silk knit tie, white linen pocket square with black border.

Cream linen sports jacket, blue/black striped contrast collar shirt, black/white silk knit tie, white linen pocket square with black border.

Gray pinstripe suit, contrast collar striped shirt, blue tie with green and red dots, white linen pocket square

Gray pinstripe suit, contrast collar striped shirt, blue tie with green and red dots, white linen pocket square

Mid gray suit, blue candy stripe contrast collar shirt, pink and blue striped silk tie, pink linen pocket square

Mid gray suit, blue candy stripe contrast collar shirt, pink and blue striped silk tie, pink linen pocket square

Gray sports jacket, blue micro-check contrast collar shirt, maroon/black/white striped silk knit tie, white linen pocket square

Gray sports jacket, blue micro-check contrast collar shirt, maroon/black/white striped silk knit tie, white linen pocket square

Blue check suit, maroon silk tie with paisley designs, maroon and blue printed silk pocket square

Blue check suit, maroon silk tie with paisley designs, maroon and blue printed silk pocket square

Brown Gun Club check sports jacket, white shirt, pink silk knit tie  with white dots, light pink check linen pocket square

Brown Gun Club check sports jacket, white shirt, pink silk knit tie with white dots, light pink check linen pocket square

Light gray check suit, blue and white check contrast collar shirt, blue silk tie with maroon motifs, maroon silk pocket square

Light gray check suit, blue and white check contrast collar shirt, blue silk tie with maroon motifs, maroon silk pocket square

Gray suit, white shirt, brown printed silk tie, and  white linen pocket square

Gray suit, white shirt, brown printed silk tie, and white linen pocket square

Gray pinstripe suit, light pink shirt, pink and blue striped silk tie, pink check pocket square

Gray pinstripe suit, light pink shirt, pink and blue striped silk tie, pink check pocket square

What I am wearing today (24 July 2014)

 

Today I am wearing a combination: a full-canvas silk-lined handmade blue cotton gabardine blazer with cream bone buttons, a pair of tan woolen trousers, a light pink cotton shirt, a blue/pink check silk bow tie, a pink silk pocket square with blue borders, and a pair of brown tussle loafers.

 

 

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hand sewn button holes

hand sewn button holes and bone buttons

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What I am wearing today (23 July 2014)

 

 

 

Today I am wearing a woolen full-canvas blue plaid check handmade double breasted suit with wide-lapel. This suit is, like many of my recent suits, 100% silk lined suit and the buttons are Corozo. I am also wearing a blue/black/white striped cotton shirt with contrast collar and cuffs, a pink silk tie with some patterns, a pink linen pocket square, and a pair of reddish-brown Adelaide oxford shoes. No change in watch.

 

 

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100% silk lined

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100% silk lined

Corozo buttons and hand sewn buttonholes 

 

What I am wearing today (22 July 2014)

Today I am wearing a woolen gun-club check full-canvas handmade 2-button notch-lapel suit with a ticket pocket. The suit has 100% pure silk lining, matching Corozo buttons and all buttonholes are hand-sewn. I am also wearing a contrast collar graph check shirt with a collar pin, a silk tie in blue/white/green stripes, a red silk pocket square, a pair of brown double-monk shoes, and a vintage West End Watch Company Sower Prima automatic day/date watch in a black leather strap. Today’s suit has three pierces and I am not wearing the waistcoat today.

 

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Special trouser pocket for iPhone

Special trouser pocket for iPhone

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Full 100% silk lined

Full 100% silk lined

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vintage West End Watch Company Sowar Prima day/date automatic watch

vintage West End Watch Company Sowar Prima day/date automatic watch

Hand sewn buttonholes

Hand sewn buttonholes

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What I am wearing today (21 July 2014)

Today I am wearing a mustard colored 2-button notch-lapel linen suit with a ticket pocket, a blue cotton shirt with French cuffs, a mustard/yellow/blue striped silk knit tie, a blue linen pocket square with white dots, and a pair of brown/beige Derby shoes.

 

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What I am wearing today (20 July 2014)

Today I am wearing a black/gray woolen hound’s-tooth single breasted full-canvas hand-made 100% silk lined suit with a ticket pocket, a micro-tattersall  check cotton shirt with contrast collar and cuff, a light gray silk tie with large pink checks, a pink-check linen pocket square, and a pair of black plain-toe oxford shoes.

If you notice carefully, you will find that today I am wearing four patterns: The suit is hound’s-tooth, the shirt is tattersall, the tie is another check, and finally the pocket square which is also a micro check. Wearing four patterns is a difficult undertaking and are often discouraged by the “experts”. You be the judge of today’s combination and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Another new feature is the jacket’s sleeve which has been attached in such a way so that a hump is created at the junction. This technique is known as “con rollino” shoulder.

 

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Con rollino shoulder

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Collar pin

Collar pin and how to wear four patterns

What I am wearing today (17 July 2014)

 

Today is Thursday and keeping with tradition I am wearing a woolen Sports Jacket/Trousers combination. The sports jacket I am wearing today is self designed and is intended for travelling—it’s what I call a travel jacket. The jacket is full canvas and handmade (including hand sewn button holes). The buttons are corozo. I have paired the jacket with a pair of Jodhpur trousers. This is my first Jodhpurs and I am very impressed with it—it’s very comfortable and for travelling this will be ideal. I have already commissioned another two Jodhpur Trousers with a slightly different design. As you know, Jodhpurs are designed for riding and because it has lot of room just below the waist, it should also be comfortable when having to sit in cramped aircraft seats. Today I am also wearing a pair of brown Chukka Boots which also have a equestrian origin.  Other accouterments include a blue/white cotton check shirt with barrel cuff, a blue/yellow horizontal striped silk knit tie, and a yellow silk pocket square with blue border.

 

 

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Passport Pocket

Passport Pocket

Patch Breast Pocket

Patch Breast Pocket

Handmade button holes with Corozo buttons

Handmade button holes with Corozo buttons

100% silk lining

100% silk lining