Posted by menstyleqa on Mar 28, 2012 in Culture & Etiquette, Jewelery & Accessories, Men's Clothing, Men's Shirts | 3 comments
Is it acceptable to wear a pocket square in a shirt pocket?
I have never seen that in my entire life so just based on that I would say no. Also, if I did see that I would probably assume it was a snot rag much less a style piece. My advice: don’t do it, but that’s just me.
Basically the answer is no. You shouldn’t keep much of anything in a dress shirt’s breast pocket, as it will make the fabric bulge out. And the traditional role of a pocket square is as a decoration for your jacket, so in your jacket pocket it stays.
That said, fashion’s always flexible. You could buck tradition and stick a very thin, lightweight pocket square in your shirt pocket. If you fold it down firmly (maybe even press it) it shouldn’t bulge too much. It wouldn’t be business-appropriate, but as part of a casual social outfit, why not? Just be aware that you’re looking experimental and fashion-forward, not time-tested and classic.
If you do go for it, my advice would be to go all in and make it a bright contrast. You really can’t be that unconventional and then try for tasteful half-measures on the color scheme.
But the shorter, simpler answer is still no.
This video from RealmenRealstyle explains it well:
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