The pocket square made its first appearance in Antiquity, when the Greeks and Egyptians used it as a white linen handkerchief.
In the 14th century, French noblemen would perfume theirs to ward off unpleasant odours. It was adopted throughout Western Europe in the 18th century.
Initially, the pocket square was placed in the trouser pocket. With the advent of the two-piece suit in the 19th century, however, it was tucked into the jacket pocket instead.
It wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that it became a bona fide fashion accessory.
The return of Dandy styling means the pocket square is now making a comeback, with a modern, offbeat image.
How should you wear it?
The pocket square has evolved from its origins as a plain white handkerchief made of linen or silk and is now available in a wealth of fabrics, colours and patterns.
Made from silk, linen, cotton or wool, the pocket square is the finishing touch for your look, providing contrast with a new twist.
If you’re wearing a light-coloured suit, choose a pocket square in dark shades or bright colours. Conversely, if you're wearing a dark suit, go for a light-coloured pocket square.
Be bold and have fun with fabrics, folds and colours!
Never wear a matching tie and pocket square, though: the aim is to break the colour code, especially if your tie is a vibrant colour, and add either a fresher feel or some warmth to your outfit.
And you, how do you wear your pocket square ?