Monday, May 6, 2019

How to Wear a Pocket Square

From GQ:
The pocket square arrived on the sartorial scene back in the 16th century. It was linked to the handkerchief, which was historically intended for hygiene purposes, but the pocket square prioritised look and feel over basic practicality. It rose to popularity across the upper class in Europe, communicating wealth, status and, of course, style. The square size became uniform in the 18th century, supposedly down to Marie Antoinette. It's said that she urged her husband, Louis XVI, to offer just one size option to his acquaintances. And so the common measurement of 16 by 16 inches that we know today was adopted. The square was shifted to the left breast pocket the following century, when two-piece suits really started to dominate men's fashion. (Read more.)

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