Sartorial Essentials: The Pocket Square


Sometime you don’t have to re-invent the wheel, all you need is to gather some good information and the time put your own personal stamp or twist on things. With that in mind, today I will be presenting some information on pocket squares that I have found valuable.

To start with, the first pocket square any man should have on hand is white linen as it gives you the most bang for your buck and generally doesn’t look out of place anywhere. However, you will probably quickly move on to patterns in linen, cotton and silk as the need for more personal expression takes hold.

In terms of guidelines, the following should be kept in mind, always buy a pocket square with a hand rolled edge if possible and don’t buy a square that is too small. I’ve found that a 13″ pocket square generally works quite well for cotton and linen and good quality silk squares tend to be a bit bigger at around 16″ square.

The following two videos by Will Boehlke from A Suitable Wardrobe are as good as any I’ve come across and although he seems to have an aversion to the TV fold, which I do not share, his instruction on arranging linen and silk should certainly be part of any style 101 course material.



Also of note is Simon Crompton’s post on what he calls the lazy fold which involves stuffing one corner of the handkerchief into the pocket until you feel it touch the bottom. Then folding over the rest and stuffing it behind, leaving as much silk exposed as you want.

Lindisfarne Gospels pocket square

Lindisfarne Gospels pocket square from Kent Wang $45


Joseph Fields