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HOW DO I FOLD A POCKET SQUARE?
Q Why do we need a pocket square, and are they just to be ruffled up and placed in the pocket of your jacket or is there really a way to fold them?
APocket squares are used to adorn the top pocket of a gentleman’s coat and add a significant amount of personality to the overall look.
Decorative silk pocket squares with vibrant prints showcase the innate personality of the wearer and add a studied playfulness to an otherwise conservative formal look.
Linen white pocket squares or cotton ones are also used for their true gentlemanly purpose: service. When presented at the most opportune time they display a man’s true gentility. When a lady accidentally spills her beverage on her dress while being taken out for dinner it is this gesture of a gentleman offering his white linen or cotton pocket square to the lady that is appreciated.
There are plenty of ways to fold a pocket square depending on the occasion for which it is to be worn. The most classic one is a square fold with the folded side placed on the top pocket of the coat with it just peeking 2cm above the edge of the pocket.
The other one used is a puff, which is tucked in a semi-ball and then pulled to showcase 5cm of it billowing out. A well-balanced fold shows attention to detail. Never match the pocket square with your tie. One must take care to complement it in a manner that it is subtly different but never the same.
Pocket squares can also be hemmed with a piping border of a contrasting colour; this is often done on white pocket squares to give them more character.
PAWAN AND ASHISH ISHWAR are tailors at Knights & Lords, a bespoke tailoring house in Dubai.