JKISSI : The second edition to our ‘Accessories Are a Necessity’ category finally makes its way to completion with anticipation and emails from our readers. After the first post on ‘Wrist Ornaments’ we have been brainstorming on what would be best second edition. The modest pocket square has been around for a long time before it’s current appeal to style and fashion. I have to be perfectly honest here admitting that I was unaware about the history of the pocket square, but to say the least it was interesting to learn about it’s origin. I think that’s one of the interesting aspects of this site even if you had prior knowledge of the pocket square, we like to accompany our readers on a journey with us. The original use of the pocket square was purely hygienic such as blowing ones nose, wiping ones face and everything that comes with that. Originating from England the material from which they are made could differ according to their ability of absorption and the status of the owner, the more successful using silk material. It was not until the 19th century with the emergence of two piece suits, where pocket squares were viewed as something more decorative rather than functional.
Pictured on the right is my own personal collection of pocket squares that I have attained this far, which some of you have probably seen around the site in previous post. Although the pocket square no longer holds any functional connotations, I can’t help but think of my good friend photographer Mougabe who would use his handkerchief tied in a certain way to hold his camera. The pocket square brings versatility with your outfit provided different folding methods changing the look of your outfit. Depending on the look of the fit I would sometimes throw a pocket square in my shirt pocket to liven things up a bit during the more warmer months. The great men’s site Art of Maniless provided a great video on how to fold the pocket square in various ways. Please gentlemen start to break in the stitching on those blazer pockets and start to go wild.
Fit Description – I have had this suede GAP Blazer stashed in my closet for sometime from previous employment at the GAP. When purchasing the blazer I was unsure on it’s quality, but it has sustained up to this point. After seeing Trav’s’ well faded APC Petite standards I knew I had to wear my pair a lot more(lol). In this outfit I wanted to not only play with different color palettes as usual, but also play with different textures at hand. The corduroy, selvedge chambray, suede blazer, knit tie all contain different textures bringing something different. The selvage chambray piece is one of my favorites produced by Brooklyn based brand The Hill Side made right here in New York City. The brand has a whole slew of different designs and materials such as ties , scarves and many other workwear driven items.
I decided to give a brief collage list on some pocket squares favorites that I think are worth the price and quality. The Fine N Dandy shop known as the forefront ‘accessories for dapper guys’ online pit stop was perfect. The shop has just debuted their fall/winter 2009 lookbook I would suggest browsing around the online shop, your sure to find some great accessories. Interesting enough all of these items pictured above are made in New York City.