In case you’ve been searching for the most dapper way to show your World Cup fandom this summer, we’ve got your answer. (Put down the vuvuzela.)
Because luxe Neapolitan tailoring house Kiton has just released a handful of national flag pocket squares in silk twill—with rolled edges, naturally. Of course they’ve got Italy and Brazil in there, plus Britain and China (which we’ll assume is wishful thinking for 2018). But the real standout is the star-spangled banner of a pocket square for the good old US of A. And since Team America doesn’t take the field for their first game until Monday, you’ve got all weekend to track one down (Barneys looks like a smart bet). Which is especially timely, since you probably won’t be able to get away with wearing a jersey into the office.
It’s easy to forget that in a more genteel era, the pocket square wasn’t just a piece of sartorial flair—it served as a man’s first line of defense against a damp brow or a teary companion.
Which is why a little upstart pocket square maker out of Dallas named Quixotic has begun issuing a challenge: should any of their pocket squares get lost or ruined in the line of gentlemanly duty, they’ll send you a new one, free of charge. You’ll need to supply them with a good story or evidence of valor-related fraying or staining (which probably does not include mustard), and your chivalry will be rewarded. But first you’ll need one of their pocket squares...
We like to think of it as the first step in the impending seasonal wardrobe shift into a life of gauzy cottons, chambray and linens: the spring pocket square.
Call it wishful thinking for the sunnier times ahead, but there’s something comforting about a little burst of color on a particularly gray day. And since a handsome new crop of bright and airy pocket squares has begun springing up in shops all over, we thought we’d round up your best options:
By now you’ve already begun the monumental seasonal wardrobe shift—the linens and cottons making way for the heftier wools and Donegals—but you’ve probably overlooked one thing you’ve probably overlooked: your pocket square.
Which is why we’d like to suggest a little something we’re calling: the fall/winter pocket square.
Instead of your standard silk fare, these are thicker and nappier and come in the familiar weaves of fall. It’s an easy way to inject a shot of autumnal-ness into your navy blazer and gray flannel routine—remember: a little tweed can go a long way.
Around Derby weekend, the seersucker suit gets all the attention.
But the fabric itself is so versatile—and cooling, with its uneven weave lifting the cotton off your skin and leaving hundreds of tiny pockets of air to cool you. So, in the event you’d like to outfit another part of your body with seersucker—say, your neck, or your feet—we’ve gone ahead and found enough gear to swathe you from head to toe in the legendarily cooling fabric. Now, we’re not saying you should try wearing every single piece here at once...
One of our favorite things about watching spring head toward summer is seeing all of the bright colors blooming—not from the local flora, but from well-appointed breast pockets.
Which means your own pocket squares should be getting brighter, airier and more spring-like. (If they haven’t already.) Luckily, we’ve scoured the market for all of the brightest and boldest new cotton, linen and cotton-linen pocket squares out there for your spring transition.
Honestly, we’re not sure how to feel about the thing. On the outset it seems like an unforgivable shortcut, the sartorial equivalent of PEDs (there’s something earned about being able to tie one’s own bow tie, for instance). But maybe it’s the answer to the frustration of sagging squares—is it really that different from our suggestion of pre-stuffing your pocket with tissue or another pocket square?
According to Beams—and we’re confident they’ve done the proper research—this was a bona fide thing in the ’80s (which is probably another strike against the idea). Another troubling factor is the practicality: first, you’d need a pocket deep enough to disguise the leather bottom, then if you were to actually use the card holder, it would require pulling out the pocket square every few minutes—like an old person removing their dentures before a meal—adding the risk of frightening a sartorially savvy networking lead. We’ll give Beams+ credit for the novel idea, but there’s one bit of Swansonian wisdom we think applies here:
Here at Kempt HQ, we often receive letters from our readers—most of it adoring fan mail, but every so often we get a nude photo. Also every so often, we get an inquiry from a wayward soul that we feel compelled to answer...
“Pocket squares. I have them. I also have blazers. I want to wear pocket squares in my blazers. But not all squares are sized alike, and neither are all pockets. What should I be looking for? I have a pile of unused squares in a drawer, yearning to be free.”
Our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are turning your $100 into $150 worth of buying power at our favorite new menswear webshop, Wittmore—and thanks to a fortuitous year-end sale still in effect, your dollars are going to stretch even further. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d help you figure out the best way to spend that windfall of cash. So we took that magic number of $150 and filled up a cart with shirts, blazers and/or more, supermarket-sweep-style. Three times, each to dapper effect.