This clothing accessory has the power to transform the overall image of men in any formal setting. The pocket square has been in usage for generations with their prevalence only increasing with time. The pocket square originated with the idea of combining the functionality of the handkerchief with a style appeal. Till the present day, the pocket square is a handkerchief folded in a particular way and inserted into the left breast pocket of a coat. Therefore the pocket square is for decorative purposes only.
These accessories are rendered with a wide variety of colors and designs. Even the materials from which these accessories are made differ. While silk pocket squares are the most popular due to their sheen, pocket squares are made of other fabrics too like linen, polyester, or cotton. Two main considerations govern the choice of materials; looks and durability. While most materials are soft, this requirement is especially true in the case of hand-folded pocket squares where the edge-rolling process needs a soft material.
One of the key concerns when donning a pocket square is the folding technique. The way the pocket square is folded is important as this decides as to how the portion of the square that is visible above the coat pocket looks. The folding technique incorporated depends on the material of the pocket square, its size, and the depth of the pocket.
A handkerchief (also called handkercher or hanky) is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that can be carried in the pocket or purse, and is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's hands or face, or blowing one's nose. The material of a handkerchief can be important to the user, not only because some materials are more expensive, but because some materials are more absorbent and practical for those who use a handkerchief for more than style. Handkerchiefs can be made of cotton, cotton-synthetic blend, synthetic fabric, silk, or linen.
A kerchief (from the French couvre-chef, "cover the head") is a triangular or square piece of cloth tied around the head or around the neck for protective or decorative purposes.
In Victorian times, as a means of flirtation. A woman could intentionally drop a dainty square of lacy or embroidered fabric to give a favored man a chance to pick it up as an excuse to speak to her while returning it.
Handkerchiefs were sometimes scented to be used as a way of protecting those who could afford them from the obnoxious scents in the street.
From now on I will wear a pocket square and carry a handkerchief for all its practical purposes. No more using toilet paper in public restrooms for wiping my hands.
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