Today I wanted to keep blogging about suits, ties, bow ties... to complete my articles, pocket squares deserve a space here!
In the mean time, that makes me discover new great brands. Ones that have a story, an identity unlike big shops. Well you know what I mean, I'd rather buy something from a little place where it's all handmade instead of going to the mall to get what everybody can get all the time.
Brief history of the pocket square: From one use to a stylish accessory
It is said that King Richard II invented the handkerchiefs when he was ruling England in the 14th century. The purpose was for him to keep a little piece of cloth close to him to clean his nose. There wasn't any defined shape whatsoever at that time.
It's in the 18th century that the pocket square became what we know today thanks to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette (the King and Queen of France at that time). Marie-Antoinette convinced the King to decree that they must all be square by measuring 16" by 16". That's how they became "Pocket" "Square".
The popularity of the pocket squares went up and down in the 20th century to finally become one of the least expensive stylish accessories thanks to... Mad Men! I personally think they definitely deserve more attention as you can now find great patterned silk/cotton pocket squares as well as classic solid colours. But don't forget one rule: don't match it with your tie, it's kind of old fashion. But match it with your watch or your socks, it's way more original and they'll add a special something to your outfit! Be adventurous and try different styles, different folds!
The Men's finest, quality handmade pocket squares (and bow ties) from Liverpool!
The adventure started as Michael Frackowiak, the funder of Men's Finest, noticed that the final Je ne sais quoi was missing on men's suits. That's pocket squares. By creating small collections of 10-15 pocket squares made with quality and local materials, they started growing and they are now offering great services.
One of them is a subscription service: subscribe to this service and someone from their team will contact you to talk about what you want and what you need; you'll receive products each month to fit your desires! They do the hard work for you, just wear it and enjoy!
Here is a selection of some of their handmade pocket squares. Whether you are original or you prefer more classic styles, you'll be spoiled for choice guys.
Handmade pocket squares
Now that you've got a pocket square that you like, you should have a look at a few fold tips. If you want to look sharp, here are some classy folds that will be shown in the video below:
Which jackets should you opt for?
Now that you have all the cards in your hand, choose THE jacket for a casual or a formal look. If you need a reminder about colours, take a look at the color wheel. If you're not sure about your suit and want to check how to choose it, including your jacket, these are useful tips to help you!
Here are some jackets for big and tall men that would be a great casual and formal large menswear look from jonathoncharles.co.uk . Different styles for different occasions and seasons, that's a selection of what I wear most with pocket squares for a
Large menswear casual look
Don't hesitate to share your looks with your pocket squares!