The Pocket Square

Sometimes it’s about the details when it comes to male fashion. When so much of good fashion is determined by simple rules and simple pieces, the details are what set you apart.  Whether it’s a tailored suit, quirky socks, or a classic tie bar, they all add up. A pocket square is a  step toward taking your style to the next level. Besides looking great, it allows you to be creative; a navy blue says little about you, but a pocket square offers you an opportunity to express yourself.

When it comes to choosing a pocket square, keep it simple. There’s nothing more tacky than a pocket square that perfectly matches a tie. Instead, opt for one that incorporates colors from the rest of your outfit. For example, if you’re wearing a blue tie with a white shirt, go with a blue polka dot white pocket square.

The everyday pocket square 

For occasions where you need a pocket square, you can’t go wrong with a simple white square. It plays well with any color of suit, so long as you’re not wearing a white suit or a white tie. On a related note, unless you’re at a wedding, skip the white tie. The white pocket square is a timeless accessory that won’t go out of style.

The Tie Bar - Solid White Cotton Royal Blue Border - $8.00 - A simple and cheap cotton pocket square that gets the job done in any situation. I’ve owned this pocket square for years and it still my go-to pocket square in any situation 


At times when you want to add a dash of spontaneity, you should have an alternative to the classic white. Pick a pocket square that expands on your existing wardrobe. If you have a lot of blues and whites, add a navy gingham pocket square to your selection.

The Tie Bar - Petite Gingham Royal Blue - $8.00 - For a wardrobe consisting of whites and blues. 

The Tie Bar - Montauk Seersucker Gingham Red/Black - $8.00 - Another simple cotton pocket square from the tie bar. For those that enjoy reds in their wardrobes. 

J Crew - Italian Wool Pocket Square in Houndstooth - $45.00 - On the more expensive side, but an eye catching pocket square that can be employed in any outfit with blues or reds. 


Again, a pocket square is an opportunity to bring your personality to an outfit. These pocket squares are perfect for elevating a  low-key outfit with a dash of color and  different patterns. As with any pocket square, be sure the colors of your outfit play against the pocket square.

Hugh & Crye Krabi - $20.00  - Hugh & Crye are sacrilegious in their design of squares, which makes them perfect when you’re feeling less serious.  . This example will work well with an outfit using hints of red/teal

The Tie Bar Linen Fine Floral Light Blue -$10.00 - Another pocket square from The Tie Bar, but counter to the earlier example this features a fun pattern worthy of matching blues/yellows.

Jesse James Chambray Pocket Square Blue  - $24.00 - Not the most bold of these, but a chambray pocket square is an essential addition to any collection. Works with nearly any suit color and the contrast in texture makes it stand out in the way you’re looking for. Made in Nashville too. 

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A lifelong Washingtonian save for a stint at the great Pennsylvania State University, Eric now resides in the D.C. area. While not one for sound financial decisions, Eric enjoys the lifestyle and the appeal of the gentleman. He loves the curiosities of life, nothing interests him like traveling to a new place, a well-made suit, house music, or unexpected adventures leading to memorable stories, that is, if he remembers. He’s also the resident bartender for What Is A Gentleman and has the bartending school certificate to prove it.