Here at SG we try to cater for a wide range of gents. So for those open collar devotees who shudder at the thought of a tie worn casually this may not be for you, but if you’re looking for a way to add a bit of interest or personality to your suit or jacket without breaking the bank (or looking like you’re trying too hard!) a handy pocket square might be just what you need.
Personally, I’m always looking for new ways to add a bit of expression to the monotony of my usual shirt, jeans and jacket fare and the great thing about pocket squares is that for a minimal amount of effort you can easily vary your look and completely change a outfit with the addition of one small accessory.
Have Fun With It
Don’t be afraid about breaking any sartorial rules here, see what combinations you can create and what colours, patterns and textures you can add to an outfit that could make all the difference. Obviously depending on what industry you’re working in you might want to tone down and go quite simple, but generally I would say with a bit of thought and by spending that extra five minutes in the morning to find a combo that really works, you can’t go wrong.
Compliment but don’t go too ‘matchy’. You don’t want to wear a purple shirt with a purple pocket square for example. Go for something that compliments or enhances what you’re wearing but avoid matching too much.
Patterned or stand out shirt? Go muted with the square! If you’re wearing a bold check or a statement jacket you’ll want to let them do the talking so go muted with the pocket square, but still find a colour to compliment what’s going with the rest of the outfit.
Experiment with folds. Part of the fun of pocket squares is trying out different folds. This is where all that paper planes folding in Year 9 will come in handy, but it’s not as if you have to be an origami master! Don Draper and co are always good for a bit of inspiration here.