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Use a scarf or a pocket square to define your style

Posted on 11 March 2014 by admin

Both the scarf and the pocket square are part of fashion history. The scarf roots can be traced back to early Romewhere it had a more practical purpose. Men would carry them as a sweat cloth, which would help them wipe away their perspiration during hot weather. During the 1800’s, popular fashion houses like Hermès began manufacturing ornate pattern-silk scarfs making the practical item a fashion trend. The 20th Century has made the scarf even more of a popular accessory for both men and women.  The scarf is a fashionable and functional accessory when done correctly!


This season we are seeing many scarves in stores or many consumers necks. Trending right now are infinity scarfs (the ones that are already sewn in one big loop). If you purchase one of these remember that it isn’t meant to be worn as a bulky accessory. Do not make a small loop at the top and a saggy loop at the bottom; instead loop once to get a nice flow underneath your neck.
When choosing a scarf ensure it complements the tones of your outfit. If you are wearing a pattern shirt/jacket, chose a solid colour scarf rather than adding more pattern.


The pocket square has a similar history to the scarf. It dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks. English and French noblemen used to carry embroidered hankies laced with perfume to protect their sense of smell from unpleasant odors and the smell of dirty streets. AMC’s “Mad Men” has re-popularized the suit-and-tie-man. The popular character of Don Draper is rarely seen without a sport coat or a pocket square.

Pocket squares are an indispensable tool that can define a man’s style. Done properly, it creates sophistication. When added to an outfit it allows a man to express himself and change a look.

When matching a pocket square to your outfit, remember to echo the colours of your shirt or tie. Be bold; Don Draper does wear white pocket squares but we are no longer in the 60’s!

Always ensure that your pocket square is folded neatly and is not making your breast pocket bulge out.  It’s okay to spend a few minutes in front of a mirror folding until you get it perfect. Lastly, stay away from shiny pocket squares (they look like they are jumping out of your pocket!)


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