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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.

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