What Makes the White Pocket Square Such a Powerful Accessory
For a good reason, the white pocket square is one of James Bond’s favorite accessories. Be it him dressed in strict black tie, or dressed more casually with sports coat sans tie, the simple white pocket square can be seen on every single one of the seven James Bond characters that have been hitting the big screens for over 50 years. Needless to say, it is an accessory that every man can benefit from. It is versatile, easy to pair, and suits any type of dress code and occasion. Because it is such an important accessory, we at Cheap-Neckties decided it would be about time to dedicate an entire post about this piece.
Styles & Fabrics
Most white pocket squares are made from fine silk, but other common fabrics are cotton and linen – two fabrics that give the accessory a somewhat more casual look compared to the more common shiny silk fabric. While the majority of white pocket squares are plain and pattern-less, there are some that feature intricate fabric weaves such as herringbone, pique, waffle-cone, and ribbs. Last but not least, pocket squares featuring a color contrasting boarder have becoming a big hit. They are excellent to add some color and contrast, while still keeping the look sleek and elegant.
The white pocket square has been accessorizing every single one of the seven James Bonds. Here Daniel Craig added this accessory to a black shawl collar tux and self-tied bow tie.
Eddie Redmayne knows what it means to dress in classic black tie. His black tux, black bow tie, and white dress shirt is highlighted thanks to the solid white silk pocket square. The “one-corner up” fold adds vertical height – creating the illusion of being just a bit taller than Mr Redmayne actually is.
Semi-formal & Business
The perfect example of how to wear a white pocket square for business. Here the pocket square is folded with the so-called “puff-fold”, which does appear a bit more casual compared the the rectangular folds. Also great is the combination of solid navy ribbed textured tie, with a striped shirt and pin-striped suit. Who said stripes on stripes clash? This is the perfect example that it does in fact work.
The white pocket square is not only a good option for dark colored suits. Here Daniel Grayson decided to use a so-called “Presidential fold” with his pocket square to accessorize is beige summer suit. The color complementing plaid patterned tie finishes off the perfect ensemble.
Here is a perfect example that the white pocket square does not have to be worn with a necktie or bow tie. Here it is paired with charcoal colored slacks, white canvas sneakers, camel color V-neck sweater, and dark navy sports coat. Image Source: http://randomitus.tumblr.com
A truly great “smart-casual” look combining the white pocket square with a stone-gray herringbone patterned sports coat, navy check-patterned vest, white T-shirt, and dark washed jeans.
For more information, please also have a look at our How to Fold a Pocket Square tutorial.
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