I have always tried to push the envelope with my own personal sense of style. Over the years, one accessory that has helped me develop my own look is the pocket square.
Originally, pocket squares and handkerchiefs were practical accessories used for personal hygiene, such as wiping the hands and face, or for catching a sneeze. As men began wearing suits more regularly, the once sensible handkerchief became a purely decorative accessory in the pocket of a man’s blazer.
As early as the 1400s, the material of a handkerchief symbolized the social-economic class of its user. This was not solely because of the cost of the material of the square, but rather because some materials were more absorbent and thus more practical than others. Nowadays, because they are mostly decorative elements, handkerchiefs and pocket squares come in a wide range of fabrics such as cotton, cotton-synthetic blends, synthetic fabrics, silk, and linen.
To show just how much I adore this accessory, I have put together a number of different pocket squares that I own with coordinating blazers. Below are a few examples showing a variety of different folds, colors, and styles:
Over the next couple of weeks there are going to be some new and exciting features on Mr. Cavaliere!