It’s a pocket…put a pocket square in it!

Herringbone Suit and Armstrong and Wilson Pocket Square. Wingtip loafers by Johnston & Murphy

Any man can wear a suit, but, how does that man stand out in the crowd of other suited gents? One of the key components to adding that extra 10% to a suit would be the presence of a pocket square. You may have seen these pocket companions in magazines like GQ and Esquire and thought to yourself, “what’s the deal with this pocket square trend”? The deal is that pocket squares are not a fashion trend, but they are a men’s style staple.

Some of my personal pocket square collection

The pocket square or “handkerchief” was created to act as a sweat removal piece as well as a sneeze guard that could be used often and washed. PS (for short) come in a variety of fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, wool or cashmere and some blends of a few fabrics. Colors and patterns will vary by brand and personal preference to what you want to wear. Day to day most men will go with a plain, white, square folded PS for the suit jacket or blazer pocket. As you can see from the picture above that there is a range of colors and patterns that should be explored.

Plain White, Linen ( and Silk Square

Depending on the rigidity of the fabric will play a part into how you display you pocket square. Traditionally, you will wear the PS the straight squared fashion (example: white cotton square in the picture) by folding your square to the right width and height for your pocket and putting the open ends down into your pocket. When wearing a silk square (usually for more formal/dressier outfits) you can play around with the shape of your square. Instead of the normal squared shape you can round it, flower it or just through it in your pocket without a care.

Cotton Gingham Square with a Denim. Wingtips by Aldo.

Something that I like to do is to wear a PS with an unconventional look, particularly in a shirt pocket. This look is not for everyone (especially the style timid), but, if you are feeling a bit more open with your style give it a go. Shirts that are made from heavier material tend to look better when you want to throw a PS in the pocket and go about your day. You will usually turn a few heads because people will say “what the hell is he doing”, but if you wear your clothes with confidence you can get away with it.

Stay tuned for my upcoming video featuring Armstrong & Wilson Pocket Squares and the “It’s Okay to be Square” contest!



Categories: Accessories, Extra Ten Percent, Pocket Square

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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7 Comments on “It’s a pocket…put a pocket square in it!”

  1. CAS
    December 23, 2010 at 6:29 AM #

    Nice blog man. Who makes that tie you are sporting above?

  2. December 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM #

    The tie is by a company called Orsini. I picked it up on Ebay. The material is actually 100% cotton in a knitted fashion (which I had not seen before).

  3. February 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM #


    I’ve recently bought the Grapes & Crackers from A&W and would like 2 add more.

    Perhaps a little advise from your side…I wear a bespoke dark navy blue Dormeuil Aqua Plan 150s and a grey suit

    What square’s would you advise?

    Thank you in advance,
    G Penney

    • February 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM #


      I am impressed with your purchases. I will said if you want to still add some pop but be a little understand with a navy suit go with Brownies and Sprinkles (Wool/Cashmere) and for the Grey i would go with Shy Guy (Wool/Cashmere) or Mr. Conservative (Cotton).



      • February 18, 2011 at 1:34 AM #

        Thanks 4 the advise, I’ll make sure 2 sleep on it. Keep up the good work (Blog)


      • February 18, 2011 at 3:01 AM #

        Hey Rob,

        Thanks for reading man. I think we may have some Ebay battles on our hands man.



  4. Mike
    January 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    Great blog. Can you give some tips on how to fold a pocket square? Specifically when you are showing the ends or rolled edges?

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