Welcome to Jacket’s Required, hello, I’m Dominic Lacquaniti, designer and tailor.
In this episode of Jacket’s required I’m going to share how to add a spot of posh to any jacket or suit with a simple pocket square.
Pocket squares are donned by such icons as George Clooney, 007 and yes, even P Diddy, so they’re classic yet definitely current. You could even say it’s hip to be square, or at least to wear a square. Interesting historical fact about the pocket square is that as early as 500 B.C. pocket squares were carried by noblemen in Greece and France doused in perfume, so they could avoid the stench of the common people and places they had to visit. These days you should wear it for the panache of it. Dress up your suit jackets and sports coats with a variety of options. Pocket squares can be solid or have a pattern. That’s up to your taste.
The trick to choosing a pocket square is to match it to some accent color in your tie. Don’t try too hard to match it perfectly or it will show and people might assume you bought a set at a department store versus having the style to create your our combination. A gentleman NEVER wears a matching tie and square! White can be worn with any color suit so there’s never an excuse to be without one.
There are 3 basic styles on how to wear one –
The straight fold
The one corner fold
The Puff Fold.
Straight fold leaves a rectangle of material peeking out of your pocket. A one corner fold will leave a tip or small triangle of color sticking out of your pocket.
The puff fold is probably the simplest and most dramatic to do and displays a small puff of the square coming out of your pocket.
Ultimately it is up to you on which style you prefer, what color, pattern or fabric you choose but it is definitely an accessory worth having AND using!
Share with your stylish, and style-challenged friends, and be sure to let me know if you have a specific question or topic you’d like to see in the series.
Thanks for watching. See you next week. Remember, looking good is between you and your tailor…