Be There or Be (pocket) Square. Your Guide to Pocket Squares.
Ah, one of my favorite accessories, pocket squares! They've really come back around in fashion to where there's thousands of different designs and patterns to choose from other than the OG plain white handkerchief. They bring a new dimension to a suit, and can set you apart in any setting when you wear one. Plus, there are many different ways to fold and shape them depending on your mood for the occasion. Here's your guide to pocket squares!
First, let's talk about how you should match them to your tie, shirt, socks, and suiting. I prefer not to have a pocket square perfectly match the tie. I like to find a pocket square that may have the color of the tie somewhere in it's design, or even a color that complements the tie. For example, if the tie is primarily a navy, a grey, tan, or brown pocket square would go perfectly with the tie, and you won't be all "matchy matchy," which could make you look a little mundane. Likewise, if the tie has a busy pattern, like a floral tie, you could pick out a color from the tie and have that color in a solid pocket square. I usually pick out a color that's not as prominent in the tie, to bring it out more.
Speaking of patterns, I recommend doing the opposite of the tie or shirt. As in, if you have a plaid tie, go solid, or even floral if you want to be adventurous (which is always my go to). Also, don't be afraid to rock one without a tie! It'll show you put a little thought into your outfit even when you don't feel like wearing a tie. In that case, I recommend matching them somewhat to your socks.
Now let's get into the folds. You can find a ton of different videos on YouTube on how to fold a pocket square in 57 different ways. However, I found this one from GQ that only shows 2 simple folds, so check it out below if you want. (And it's only 55 seconds long!) I've tried other folds, and honestly, I feel like they're overkill. Unless you like the 1 peak, 2 peak, or 3 peak fold, or any other one, go for it! I think the simple straight edge or poof shown in the video are the 2 best folds to alternate between.
My go to fold is just the "poof," which is the second fold in the video. It's quick, easy, and its good for any occasion. You can even flip it over and have a flower look. But, I've said it before, fashion is about personal taste and expression, so you do you!
Another benefit to having a pocket square or handkerchief, is that they're practical. Robert De Niro said it best in The Intern: "A gentleman carries a handkerchief, not for himself, but in case a lady needs one." I've actually had to come to the rescue earlier this year when a friend of mine got a cut on his head at an event and started bleeding, and I whipped out my handy dandy pocket square to help soak up the blood! So as you can see, pocket squares are fashionable, yet practical!