Here is Part 2 of this Two-Part series on pocket squares. The previous article covering How To Fold them, and this one covers exactly how to match pocket squares to your suit and shirt.
Pocket Square ‘Rules’
-White pocket squares match all suit and shirt combinations.
-Pocket squares can never be too ‘loud’ in color. A grey suit, with a white dress shirt and a bright red or orange colored pocket square is money. Bold colors match muted colors. Black/orange. Grey/Pink. Tan/Red.
-A pocket square will make or break your suit. Put as much detail into the purchase of your pocket squares as you do the rest of your outfit.
-A pocket square is indicative of your personality. If you tend to be more of a conservative introvert, you may feel more comfortable with a Presidential Fold neutral colored pocket square. Extrovert and edgy? Rock a paisley purple square with a bold fold.
-A pocket square should compliment your shirt and suit, but does not have to match exactly. (see pics below for examples of this)
-When wearing a tie, NEVER wear a pocket square with the same color and pattern. You know those Shirt/Tie/Pocket Square combo packs you’ve seen at the department store? Run away as fast as you can. Hell to the motherfuckin’ no!
Here’s an example of what NOT to wear
-Your pocket square should always be in CONTRAST with your suit. Never pair a black suit coat with a black pocket square. It’ll blend in and won’t even be noticeable.
-This is Next Level Style, but I like to pair my pocket square with my socks. If I’m wearing orange argyle socks, I’ll rock a orange pocket square, paired with a grey suit and white french cuff dress shirt. The orange pops and the socks and pocket square cause ladies to look you up and down. The eye automatically looks to see what matches on an outfit, it’s almost subconscious.
With this pocket square…
Here’s more examples of what looks good and gives you an idea of how to match pocket squares.
Note: the pocket square pattern is paisley, but the shirt is checkered. This works due to the randomness but yet complimentary colors.
Scott’s jacket is LOUD, but it’s toned down by the black dress shirt and gray slacks, so it works. The pocket square complements the tie and jacket, but doesn’t directly match. The key is to compliment the other colors, but doesn’t have to be a direct match in color.
David’s pocket square is a simple Presidential Fold, but the white of the square makes the white in his shirt collar POP and ties it all together. The subtle details is where true style dwells. This is a great look. Lose the tie for a night out and watch the ladies start opening you.
Personally, I would rock a burgundy pocket square with this outfit to bring in more color, but this still works in a more subdued fashion. Note once again, that the pattern of the square is not the same as the shirt or tie, but yet the colors compliment the shirt and tie.
Here, Ed rocks a square that adds color to his outfit (on the Left) and on the Right pic, breaks up the lighter colors with a dark square.
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