Pocket squares are the essential way to add detail to an ordinary suit and tie. Once simply a handkerchief, pocket squares are now their own accessory coming in a range of folds, colours and fabrics. At Mrs Bow Tie, we offer a wide variety of pocket square folds that not only look good but also are incredibly convenient. Why? Because we sew them in position onto a cardboard sleeve that you then just need to slip into your pocket. This simple addition should not be forgotten as it defines your attention to detail, with the likes of Prince Charles rarely seen without one. There are seasonal trends to the fabric of pocket squares; silk and satin is worn all year round, cotton and linen is more common during the summer months it is more common to wear a cotton or linen pocket square. In the autumn and winter months, thicker materials such as tweed and wool are favourable.

How to wear a pocket square

Although this may be instinctive to some people, it is important not to match your pocket square with your tie. The pocket square should complement your tie or shirt; you can do this by picking out a secondary colour from your tie or even choosing to match your shirt with it, for example white, and then having a coloured or patterned tie. There are no other rules when it comes to pocket squares so have fun with it and experiment, just remember a pocket square is an accessory and is there to add something extra to your outfit.

Can I wear a pocket square without a tie?

Absolutely. Pocket squares do not require a tie or bow tie to be worn as they can be worn for a more casual look when a tie is deemed unnecessary. Whether you’re wearing a blazer or a dinner jacket, adding a pocket square is a great touch. You may find it easier to choose your pocket square when you are not wearing a tie as you only need your pocket square to complement your shirt.

What patterns and folds should I choose?

Patterned pocket squares can add additional colours to your outfit; this small element won’t overwhelm your overall look but will instead introduce a splash of colour. You should try and mix it up slightly depending on what you’re wearing it with. For example, wear a dot pocket square with a striped shirt or a paisley pocket square with a check shirt.

As for the fold of pocket square, you should match the intricacy of the fold with the event. The more casual the outfit, the more casual the fold should be. For example, wearing a rose fold pocket square with a wool blazer will not look good at all, but a simple clear cut pocket square will add a touch of detail.