Sprezzatura: The Key to Wearing a Pocket Square

Quintin Joseph wearing a Kiton pocket square

The pocket square is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to accessorize and add variety to your suits and jackets.  It is a reflection of your current mood and therefore a form of self-expression.  It polishes a look and adds interest with color and texture. 

Wear yours with an air of nonchalance.  Its colors should complement those in the rest of your ensemble.  Never try to match your tie or purchase a matching tie and pocket square set. Pre-folded pocket squares lack imagination and should be avoided at all costs.  

Hand-rolled edges are beautifully elegant.  Crisp, clean, white linen is always appropriate and should be a part of every man's wardrobe.  

While there are many folds you can learn, the best one should be a reflection of how you are feeling that day.  Grasp the pocket square in one hand and pull the sides together with the other to create an elongated shape.  Double it in half and place it in your pocket. Don't try so hard to make it perfect."Sprezzatura" the art of imperfection, of nonchalance, the look of effortlessness is your aim. 

Quintin Joseph suggests:

Brunello Cucinelli
Wool. Made in Italy

Tom Ford
Silk. Made in Italy.

Cotton. Made in Italy.

Stefano Ricci
Silk. Made in Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Linen. Made in Ireland.