Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part VII

Each week, I will present a post on the ins and outs of custom suits AND suits in general at an intermediate level. It is recommended that the beginner’s guide be read first.

Pocket Squares (Part 1)

Although this is the intermediate guide, it is best to break up the topic of pocket squares and start at the beginning. The pocket square is another thing that was a practical component to a man’s outfit that has now turned into a stylish and useless fixture. It was commonly used as a handkerchief to wipe a lover’s tears or occasionally swat flies with. It did have a brief hiatus but emerges now with much confusion as it adds another layer of complexity to the tie-shirt conundrum.

Take the risk and purchase a white cotton or silk square, fold it like the diagram below and place it into your chest suit pocket. Attempt only if there is white somewhere in your outfit (tie and/or shirt). I recommend sticking to white and folding it like a square FIRST before jumping into crazy patterns and fancy butterfly origami. Once you have mastered this, then stay tuned for part II coming up in the next few weeks.

 pocketsquare_folding

Harry Magazine (spring/summer 09)

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