A little bit of historyHandkerchiefs have been around for centuries. As far back as the early 1300's. It was King Richard II of England that established its use for gentlemen. Aristocrats of the time carried around a perfumed handkerchief when they had to walk amongst people. Keep in mind that there was no indoor plumbing back then, so a walk through the city was a smelly endeavour.
It was in the 1920's that pocket squares started getting used as an accessory to men's suits. Since then they have never really fallen out of style. They were used a bit less in the 90's but have since made a comeback. Some credit must go to Don Draper for bringing the pocket square back. Thankfully the trend has carried on and the pocket square is back in its rightful place.
Putting it all togetherRed is an incredibly versatile color. Blue, gray, black, white and even some shades of green work great with red. A classic combination is to match up a blue jacket, light blue shirt, red tie and complement it with a red handkerchief or pocket square. Red is, however, a very powerful colour. Use it wisely. You don't want to draw all the attention to your chest, but rather limit it to highlight the rosy features of your face.
Style and creativityYou don't have to be limited to the classics. Feel free to experiment with different tonalities and color combinations. One of the beauties of pocket squares is that you can be adventurous and creative. They are a great place to add personality to your outfit.
Adding a touch of red to your outfit give your look energy, liveliness and a certain boldness. It definitely grabs attention and projects confidence.
It's in your pocketThere are many ways to fold your pocket square. You can go from a very simple and elegant presidential fold to a more elaborate pouf fold to add a bit of panache to your look. Just keep in mind the fabric your pocket square is made of. Some fabrics, such as silk, work better for doing elaborate folds. Experiment and find what works best for your look and the occasion you are going to wear it.
Following a patternPatterns are a great way to add character to your outfit. The rules for pocket squares regarding patterns aren't as rigid as with ties. You can try a pattern similar to your tie or go in a different direction.
Add one of our red pocket squares to your collection and complete your outfit.