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Hip to Be Square

  |   By Nicole Keen

I recently attended a Harry Rosen event to preview all the hottest spring trends for men (check back in April to see our exclusive videos!) and our parting gift was a silk pocket square. It was brightly coloured—pink, blue and orange—the pattern looked like bubbles, and it was slightly smaller than a traditional scarf.

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Hip to Be Square

Well, let’s just say I never met an accessory I didn’t like, and I was determined not only to discover how to fold a proper pocket square, but also to wear it myself with aplomb (my colleague Jenn actually challenged me to build a perfect outfit around it, which I did, naturally). For a little help with my homework assignment, I turned to Esquire’s The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good, which was recommended by a good friend of mine who has been known to rock the Annie Hall look from time to time (you know who you are!). This book would make a great gift for your mister, and it provides loads of inspiration for his W-day ensemble (especially the chapter on tuxedos). Anyway, back to the pocket square. The handbook outlines four distinct ways of wearing it. My fave (and the easiest of the bunch!) is the “Astaire”: spread the material across a flat surface and pinch at the centre allowing the fabric to pillow. Photographer Miguel Jacob, who happened to stop by the office in the midst of pocket square mania, was kind enough to demonstrate a couple of folding techniques, and share the following food for thought: when it comes to menswear the devil really is in the details. Small, personalized touches, such as pocket squares, ties and cufflinks, can easily take a basic suit to the next level. So, what’s your mister wearing for the big day? Did he decide himself, or did you drop some subtle (or not-so-subtle) hints? I’d love to hear all about it.

See you back here next Thursday!

This article was originally published on Feb 19, 2009
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