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Pocket Squares: A Must-Have for Your Wedding Look

When putting togeth­er a look for your wed­ding, or any for­mal event, you might look at the pock­et square sec­tion and won­der a) what it is and b) do you real­ly need it. While the pock­et square is not a neces­si­ty for for­mal wear, we are big advo­cates for that extra bit of embell­ish­ment. Why not treat your­self to the fin­er things in life?

What is a pocket square?

A pock­et square is very sim­i­lar to a hand­ker­chief. While the terms are often used inter­change­ably, the most notable dif­fer­ences are that hand­ker­chiefs tend to be big­ger than pock­et squares and used in place of a tis­sue to blow one’s nose. A pock­et square is used more of a style aspect and is small­er because it goes in a small­er pock­et. A pock­et square is a square piece of fab­ric that is fold­ed and put into the left breast pock­et of a suit or tuxe­do jack­et.

Why we love them

Since the mod­ern day pock­et square is not used as a tis­sue, it is an ele­ment of a for­mal ensem­ble that pro­vides a touch of ele­gance. It ele­vates the wearer’s style sub­tly, sort of like a gar­nish for your suit or tuxe­do jack­et. We love that extra bit of flour­ish that takes an out­fit from ordi­nary to dig­ni­fied in an instant. Plus, there’s so much room for per­son­al­iza­tion with fold, col­or, pat­tern and fab­ric options.

Think of some of your favorite well-dressed char­ac­ters, either from the fic­tion­al or the real world. Some­one like James Bond or Jay Gats­by might come to mind. In both these instances, these dap­per fel­las took their look from sim­ply fash­ion­able to ultra chic with the addi­tion of that lit­tle piece of fab­ric. In this busi­ness, James Bond is not just a fic­ti­tious char­ac­ter, but a fash­ion icon that we always have in the back of our minds.

close up of groom in blue suit with  pocket square  and succulent boutonniere

How to style a pocket square

The biggest rule when it comes to pock­et square is to not match it exact­ly to the col­or of your tie. Although, this rule gets bro­ken often, so we won’t sat any­thing if you do pick match­ing col­ors. White is the most pop­u­lar and clas­sic col­or, but you are free to show your style here, with any num­ber of accent col­ors. A pock­et square can also be a pat­tern, as long as your shirt or tie is not heav­i­ly pat­terned. The most pop­u­lar fab­rics for a pock­et square is silk, satin twill, and cot­ton.

Keep in mind, too, that a pock­et square can take the place of a tie. It adds just a lit­tle extra pol­ish to your suit, if you hap­pen to be in no mood for neck restric­tion.

There are tons of pock­et square folds out there, but the most pop­u­lar are a straight fold; folds with one, two, three or four points; a puff fold; or a flower fold. The straight fold is your most clas­sic, straight edged look. It’s very pris­tine, if that’s what you’re going for, but if you want more of a flour­ish, we rec­om­mend any of the oth­er folds.

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Here’s what some of the most pop­u­lar folds say about you, and if you want to know how to do a basic pock­et square fold, you can watch our how-to video.

There are so many details that go into a wed­ding, but a pock­et square is one you won’t want to miss. No stress need­ed, just pick your fave and add it to your order. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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