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HOW DO I WEAR A POCKET SQUARE?
Q Why do we need 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 significant amount of personality to the entire look. Decorative silk pocket squares with vibrant prints showcase the personality of the wearer and add a studied playfulness to an otherwise formal look. White linen or cotton squares are also used for their true gentlemanly purpose: service.
When presented at the most opportune time, it displays a man’s true gentility. For instance, when taking a lady out for dinner and she has accidentally spilt her beverage on her dress – 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 4cm of it bellowing out. Balance is important here, as a well-balanced fold shows attention to detail.
Various other folds can be done depending if it is to be worn for official purposes or for leisure. Also to be noted is to never match the pocket square with the tie. One must take care to complement it in a manner that it is subtly different.
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.