There’s nothing else quite like the pocket square, when you want to make an instant style statement that’s both subtle and stylish at the same time. Whether you choose a sleek block of monochrome or a bold print, the crisp neat folds of a pocket square can instant elevate even the most mundane of looks, with a touch of nonchalance and elegance in equal measures. But if you’re stumped on how to wear it, check out our 5 simple ways on how to make the pocket square the centrepiece of your style statement.
The classic monochrome pocket square is perfect for neophytes and seasoned pros alike. Choose a colour to complement your shirt and tie, if you’re wearing one. A great way to make a plain pocket square pop is to match it to colour or detail in the rest of your outfit – but stay short of matching shades too perfectly to avoid looking too try-hard. Neutral shades, like black or ivory work best, and are versatile enough for any look from a best man’s suit to evening cocktails.
A Pop of Pattern with Polka Dot
In traditional navy and white, polka dots straddle the line comfortably between neutrals and accents. Polka dots mark their presence without being overbearing, and provide an unobtrusive background to pair with other prints and patterns – so they’re a great partner to pinstripes, paisleys and textures. Wear it folded to a point with a grey woven suit and striped shirt.
Flair and Finesse in Print
Classic paisley is perfect for a decorative touch and can add flair to an otherwise plain suit. To work the print to best effect, balance a print with others of varying sizes and shapes – and show off a bright pop against a dark palette. A flame red print looks dramatic against a dark navy suit, but with a print like this, it’s better to avoid ostentatious folds and stick to a discreet straight crease, to give just a subtle hint of colour.
Take Centre Stage with Studs
For a formal event, a gleaming silk pocket square can add an extra edge to a dinner jacket. For a fresh alternative to the standard issue black jacket, a black silk pocket square is the ideal partner to a grey wool suit and skinny black tie. With glinting Swarovski embellishments, don’t be afraid to show off your folding skills and add a touch of drama with a point or multipoint fold.
Understated Luxury in Cashmere
The perfect pocket square captures a look of effortless nonchalance, while adding an injection of understated refinement. Don’t assume that all pocket squares have to be made of sharp folds of silk – these soft, luminous, light as air cashmere squares add texture and colour with a softer edge, and will go perfectly with anything – from a navy blazer to a grey suit.
All the images above have been featured on men's fashion blog MenStyle1.
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