How To Buy A Pocket Square
How To Buy A Pocket Square
If your pocket square has a pattern or print, for example, then pick a colour from that palette to bring your look together and match it to a primary colour in your tie such as in the image below. The burgundy in the tie is reflected in sections of the pocket square design.
One thing that we would strongly advocate with your pocket square is what we call the +2 Rule. If you think of a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the most conservative and 10 being the most flamboyant, then for your colours or fold you should go for something that is +2 above what you would normally choose for yourself.
Lets say on the above scale you would normally be around a 3, we would fully encourage you to be a little bolder and go for a 5. The reason for this, is the best thing about a pocket square is it elevates your overall appearance and demonstrates that you care about how you look and will get you noticed. However, to truly benefit from it, you need to go just a little further up the scale from your normal dress level.
We are often asked what are our most popular pocket squares are, so we thought we'd put a short video together highlighting our top 5 best selling pocket squares of the last year. In the video we outline why these particular squares work so well from a colour and design perspective. All the squares featured can be found in our store here: Pocket Squares.
There are some classic colour combinations when pairing your pocket square with your jacket colour that will always look immaculate. But why do some colour combinations look more harmonious than others? This is explained by colour theory, where particular colours are more complementary to each other and are therefore more pleasing on the eye. As an aside, colour theory is derived from the colour wheel that was devised by Sir Issac Newton in 1666, showing the relationships between colours.
Utilising the colour wheel, there are some basic rules to follow that will ensure your outfit always looks harmonious. Below we've paired some of our pocket squares with some classic jacket colours to illustrate the theory.
Paisley is a popular design print and one of fashion's oldest patterns used across all types of clothing, but is mainly seen across dresses, ties and pocket squares. So if you are wondering, where does paisley come from? The paisley shape originally stems from Persia. But in Europe, it got its name from the Scottish weaver's town that produced magnificently colourful shawls.Many people get confused over precisely what is the paisley pattern. Many have likened the design features to feathers, tadpoles, mangos, and even Chinese symbols. However, a traditional paisley pattern is an ornamental textile design using a teardrop-shaped flower motif with a curved upper end.
However, the main reason we use silk for the majority of our pocket squares is the incredible detail that can be achieved when working with a quality fabric. Silk provides the perfect canvas to provide both the sharpness of image and vibrancy of different shades. You can see an example of this here, with our Pollice Verso Pocket Square.
Our Abduction of Ganymede pocket square is a good example of the vibrancy that working with silk provides. The yellows and golds contrast brilliantly against the darker colours in the piece. This allows for a number of different looks depending on how the pocket square folded.
Wool/Silk SquaresOne of the most underrated fabrics for pocket squares is the mix of silk and wool. It takes the best of both worlds, the luxurious feel of the silk, and the texture of the wool, in order to create a beautiful, lightweight fabric. The result is not as bright as silk and therefore more adapted to some situations, but it has a unique texture which pairs very well with silk ties. The presence of both materials makes it very light.
The wool tends to make it wrinkle resistant, and therefore allows it to drape beautifully while looking great with all different kinds o