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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.

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