30 Day Primer Vol. 2: Day 20 – Pocket Your Square

In 30 Day Primer - Tips To A Better You, 30 Day Primer Vol.2, Style by The Gents Staff

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The pocket square is a one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to upgrade your suit game. Not to be confused with its close relative the, handkerchief, this pocket accessory is for show and not for your nose. 

What’s the Difference?

A handkerchief is something you blow your nose into and should be carried inside your breast pocket. Whereas, a pocket square on the other hand, is a subtle accessory that belongs on the outside of your breast pocket.

Patterns or Solids?

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There are a ton of styles and patterns you can choose from. Our favorite would be a silk paisley print. It adds the right amount of flair towards any conservative suit. A white silk or cotton pocket square is perfect for when you need a fail-proof, all occasion accessory. Keep your solids subtle so it doesn’t dominate your suit jacket. Here is a clean and understated way to fold your pocket square.

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  1. Lay it open
  2. Bring the bottom to the top
  3. Let the right side say “hello” to the left
  4. Repeat step three
  5. Bring the bottom to the top.*

Wipe your forehead, the hard work is done.

*Because your pocket square may slowly travel inside the breast pocket, allow half of the bottom to extend past the top of your fifth fold.


Pocket square instructions photo via GQ