Want to accessorize your suit with a pocket square? Whether it’s a two-piece or three-piece suit, you can dress it up with a pocket square. Consisting of a small piece of foldable material, a pocket square is a popular type of suit accessory. It’s worn in the breast pocket of a suit jacket where it adds new colors and visual elements to your outfit.
There’s a right way and a wrong way, however, to wear a pocket square. To ensure it has a positive impact on your appearance, consider the following tips when wearing a pocket square. Following these tips will help you create a more stylish and cohesive suit outfit that reflects positively upon your appearance.
#1) Go With a Lighter Color
It’s recommended that you choose a pocket square in a lighter color than that of your suit jacket. Why is this important? Well, some men choose a pocket square in the same color as their suit jacket. If they wear a black suit jacket, for instance, they’ll accessorize their outfit with a black pocket square. With both of these items featuring the same color, though, it creates a bland appearance that’s not particularly attractive.
You can avoid this fashion faux pas by choosing a pocket square in a lighter color. It doesn’t have to be a completely different color. Rather, your pocket square can simply be one or two shades lighter than your suit jacket. With a lighter color, it will stand out while drawing more attention to your outfit.
#2) Place in Breast Pocket
Always place your pocket square in the breast pocket of your suit jacket. You shouldn’t wear a pocket square in your trouser pockets. Pocket squares are designed specifically for use in the breast pocket of a suit jacket.
Keep in mind, some suit jackets are constructed with their pockets sewn shut. Manufacturers may leave the pockets sewn shut to preserve the jacket’s original shape and size. If the breast pocket of your suit jacket is sewn shut, use a seam ripper or pair of fabric scissors to carefully cut it open. It should have just a single piece of thread running through the top. With a seam ripper or fabric scissors, you can cut open the breast pocket so that it will support a pocket square.
#3) Press or Iron It
Before wearing a pocket square, you may want to press or iron it. Most types of pocket squares are susceptible to wrinkles. When stored in a drawer or closet, they’ll develop wrinkles. Wrinkled pocket squares look messy. Therefore, you should avoid wearing them.
Fortunately, you can remove wrinkles from a pocket square by pressing or ironing it. Take your pocket square and lie it across a flat, heat-resistant surface, such as an ironing board. Next, use a steam presser or a clothing iron to de-wrinkle it. In just a few minutes, the wrinkles will be removed.