The Pocket Square Guide: Coordinate and Complement with 10 Excellent Tips

A pocket square is not an optional accessory. It's a must when wearing a suit. A perfectly coordinated pocket square can remarkably sharpen your outfit. A good suit without a pocket square looks dull, or even worse — lazy. 

Think about the difference a tie makes. A correctly coordinated pocket square will have a similar impact on your attire. Read these quick tips.

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  1. Complement your Tie Color. Don't Duplicate. An exact match shows you are a fashion novice. Don't buy a tie and pocket square set. A great trick is to choose one of the colors that appears on your tie. If you have a tie with white dots, you can have some white in your pocket square. If your suit and tie are loud, go for a more subtle pocket square. Matching is a skill only for true experts. 

  2. Buy a White Cotton Pocket Square. The white pocket square is a workhorse. It matches with almost every outfit. If you're stuck or in a rush, you can pull out the white square. Make sure you own one. You will find it useful more than once.

  3. Experiment with Patterns. Have a striped or checkered tie? Go with a solid pocket square. Going for the solid tie look? Dare yourself with a more patterned pocket square. Look at your outfit and look again. Are you bold or boring?
     
  4. Don't spent a fortune. Pocket squares are affordable accessories. Don't spend more than $30 on a pocket square. The huge difference in price from $30 to $100 or more can have only a marginal impact on your overall look. Often, the price is in the name. Do your own research. 

  5. Know your materials. Pocket squares come in different materials. Cotton, fabric, or silk. They all have their place. A tuxedo calls for a white silk square. Wear silk also with your wool suits. Sports jacket call for cotton or linen. 
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  6. Adapt the pocket square to the mood. The more formal the occasion, the less conspicuous your pocket square should be. If you're dressing up for a more happy or familiar occasion, the colors should be more spirited. 

  7. Showcase yourself, not your pocket square. Remember, the ultimate goal is to showcase your inner gentleman. Remember, the trick is for others to remember you. Your outfit is secondary if you don't carry yourself with class. 

  8. Clean and launder your pocket square. Don't use a pocket square that you haven't washed in years. Make sure it's not crumpled up. Freshen it up to avoid mustiness. 

  9. Know the Complementary Colors. Complementary colors give you a great contrasting effect: think- blue and orange or yellow or purple. For a more subtle look, analog colors work great- blue and violet, green and blue, or yellow and orange.

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  10. Know the Different Folding Techniques. 
  • Square Fold (or Straight Fold): Start with the square flat and unfolded. Fold the square to the width of your pocket. Then, fold from the bottom to form a rectangle that’s the same width as your pocket, and half an inch longer. Place the folded bottom edge into your pocket, fix the base; adjust the square so there is only one  strip of fabric visible at the top of the pocket.

  • Corner Fold: Start with the pocket square flat like a baseball diamond. Bring the bottom to the top to create a triangle. Bring the left corner of the triangle to the right corner and the right corner to the fold. Now, fold the bottom toward the top, but not all the way.

  • Two Point Fold: Lay the pocket square flat with one corner facing up and another down (like a baseball diamond). Fold the bottom corner up and to the left of the top corner. Now, fold the left side towards the right and the right side towards the new left fold. Tuck in gracefully and place in your suit pocket. 

  • Three Point Fold: Lay the pocket square flat with one corner facing up and another down (like a baseball diamond). Fold the bottom corner up and to the left of the top corner. This is the hardest step: Fold the left side towards the right, and up to the right of the middle peak you had just made. Fold the left side towards the right and the right side towards the new left fold. Tuck in gracefully and place in your suit pocket. 

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  • The Casual Fold (or Puff): Start with the square unfolded. Rather than laying the pocket square flat, pinch it with two fingers at the center so it’s slightly raised with the edges left hanging down. Like a small hill in a valley. While you're still pinching the center, use your other hand to gently tug on the loose edges, working to pull the square into a tube. Hold the middle of the pocket square between your thumb and index finger and gather up the bottom of the pocket square to conceal it from view.

    What are some ways you coordinate your pocket square? Discuss your tricks with us!


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