October 6, 2011

Style Feature: The Pocket Square

From plain white to a burst of color, the pocket square can be a simple little accessory to add that final touch to your outfit.

1. The Single Point Fold

The single point fold (along with its two, three, and four point cousins) is a way to keep the streamlined look of the straight fold while adding a little bit of flair.

Extra Tip : This fold works best with a stiffer silk or starched cotton square to keep the point up.

Pocket square by Thomas Pink; Vest by Ted Baker;
Shirt by Nigel Hall; Pants by Marc by Marc Jacobs;
Sneakers by Paul Smith Jeans; Tie by Alexander McQueen;
Belt by Fossil; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

2. The Straight Fold

The straight fold is definitely my favorite. It is simple, clean, and classic.

Extra Tip : I often use some of my more interesting cotton handkerchiefs as pocket squares, sometimes year round.

Extra Tip II : While you can stick with the traditional cotton or silk, try a lightweight wool or a cotton flannel for a nice seasonal touch. (More to come on making your own pocket squares in a future post)

Pocket square by Salvatore Ferragamo; Suit by Brooks Brothers;
Shirt by English Laundry; Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo; Tie by Burberry;
Tie bar by Kenneth Cole New York; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

3. The Puff

There are many ways to execute this fold, some more refined than others. This is my go-to fold when I’m in a hurry. Simply grab the center of the square, shake, stuff it in your pocket, and you’re good to go.

Extra Tip : A softer silk square works best, but a soft cotton square (or handkerchief) is a close second.

Pocket square by Giorgio Armani; Jacket by Ted Baker;
Shirt by John Varvatos; Denim by 7 for All Mankind;
Boots by John Varvatos; Scarf by Z Zegna;
Woven belt (women's) from a thrift store; Sunglasses by Prada.

There are many more ways to fold a pocket square, and dozens of variations on top of that. A simple google search will yield a bounty of step by step pictures and videos to help you find your favorite fold.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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