What is a pocket square?
A pocket square is a handkerchief worn in a man's suit coat or tuxedo pocket. Pocket squares as a fashion accessory for formal attire have only been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Especially popular in the 1920s, men used to wear a pocket square in combination with a suit, a vest, and the era’s typical fedora hat.
Initially pocket squares came from the linen handkerchiefs used for personal hygiene. As 2 piece suits came into fashion in the 19th century, many men started to place their clean pocket square into the breast pocket of their jacket to protect it from dirt and other objects, such as coins, in their trousers’ pockets. After use the pocket square would move from the breast pocket to the trousers’ pockets. By the 1920s the pocket square had become more of a fashion accessory than having any other purpose. Often times men had a pocket square in their breast pocket, and another handkerchief in their trousers meant for wiping their hands or cleaning their nose.
A pocket square is almost a must have when wearing a tuxedo and a classic bow tie. The formal black tie attire traditionally calls for a black tuxedo jacket and pants, white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, and a white pocket square. For business, the pocket square is a great way to add some color to your attire. Many fashion experts prefer having a different pattern on their pocket square, and even different colors, than the ones found in the necktie.
The flat folded pocket square is especially becoming more common. Some of the more extravagant folds are becoming outdated. Simplicity has definitely taken over in the last few years.
Now the problem with folding large handkerchiefs to look flat is that they never stay that way! This inspired me to get creative and open an Etsy store that provides flat folded pocket squares attached to cards that slide into your pocket and stay in place. These already exist... you might say, well yes, they do, but I have only found solid colors, why not have fun and create them with patterns?!? That is just what I have done. Head on over to my Etsy store to check them out! I would love your feedback.