Posted by menstyleqa on Mar 30, 2012 in Jewelery & Accessories | 3 comments
Is a pocket square the same as a handkerchief/bandanna, or does it need to be a smaller piece of cloth?
It depends a bit on what fabric you’re using. A thick cotton or linen square meant to be pressed into a very sharp fold will have a little more body than a soft, thin silk square, so a smaller overall square will help keep the folded square from making your pocket bulge.
A cotton bandanna like you’d wear on your head or use as a sweat-rag is too big and too thick to really fold down into a nice pocket square. Look for something smaller and thinner.
Small pocket squares (like the kinds you get with rental jackets) are usually about a 8×8″ square of cloth. A bigger, nicer silk one might be more like a foot or foot and a half square. More then two feet square would be unusual and pretty pointless — most of that cloth will be hidden.
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We did a video on pocket square size (and also material, which this question doesn’t ask about) on our Real Men Real Style YouTube channel:
I came across these articles over at A Tailored Suit which are also in support to the video (http://youtu.be/nkiCMZxtNrg) that Antonio came up with for this topic:
http://www.atailoredsuit.com/mens-pocket-squares-intro.html and http://www.atailoredsuit.com/mens-pocket-squares-folding.html
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