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Stylist Q&A: How to match my pocket hank

4th December 2023

Fashion isn't just about wearing the right clothes; it's about wearing them the right way. One accessory that can truly elevate your suit game is the pocket square, also known as the pocket hank. This small piece of fabric can make a big impact on your overall look. However, many men find themselves stumped when it comes to choosing the perfect pocket hank to match their suit. 

Fear not, because we've enlisted the expertise of a seasoned stylist to answer your burning questions on how to make that perfect match. 


Q: Should my pocket hank match my tie? 

A: Not necessarily. While it's a common practice to coordinate your tie and pocket square, it's not a strict rule. For instance, if you're wearing a navy suit with a burgundy tie, opt for a pocket square with a pattern that includes both navy and burgundy elements and a background colour that matches your shirt. This subtle coordination will showcase your style without looking overly calculated. 


Q: Can I mix patterns with my pocket square and suit? 

A: Absolutely! Mixing patterns can add a touch of personality to your outfit. The key is to vary the scale of the patterns. If you're wearing a tailored, pinstripe suit, go for a pocket square with a larger, bolder pattern, like paisley or polka dots. Conversely, if your suit has a bold checkered pattern, opt for a more subtle pocket square with a fine geometric design or a solid colour. The idea is to strike a balance between bold and understated. 

Q: Is there a rule for choosing the right fabric for my pocket square? 

A: The fabric of your pocket square can influence the overall look and feel of your outfit. For formal occasions or business settings, silk or satin pocket squares are a classic choice. They exude elegance and sophistication. On the other hand, cotton or linen pocket squares are more casual and are perfect for adding a relaxed, summery vibe to your ensemble. Ultimately, choose a fabric that complements the formality of your men’s suit or women’s suit and the occasion you're dressing for. 


Q: How should I fold my pocket square? 

A: The fold you choose depends on your personal style and the formality of the event. The classic "presidential fold" involves folding the pocket square into a neat square or rectangle and placing it flat in your pocket, with just a hint of the fabric showing. This is a safe and elegant choice for most occasions. 

For a more casual look, you can try the "puff fold." Gently gather the pocket square in the centre and let it puff out naturally. This style adds a touch of nonchalance to your outfit. 

Experiment with different folds to find the one that suits your style best. 

Q: Can I wear a white pocket square with any suit? 

A: A white pocket square is a timeless and versatile choice that can complement nearly any suit. It's particularly well-suited for formal occasions, weddings, and business meetings. However, don't limit yourself to plain white. Consider a white pocket square with contrasting edges or white silk with a subtle pattern for flair.  


Matching your pocket hank to your tailored suit is an art, not a science. Whether you're aiming for a classic, sophisticated look or a bold, unique statement, the key is to strike a balance and feel confident in your choice. With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to mastering the art of pocket hank coordination and turning heads wherever you go. 

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