March 23, 2010

Matching Pocket Square Colors

Finding the Right Pocket Square Color

Fashion is all about learning how to accessorize. With the right accessories you can create new and stylish ensembles without having to reach too deep into your pockets. In business fashion the most common accessories are neckties, belts, cufflinks, shoes, briefcases, scarves, gloves, hats, wrist watches, and pocket squares. This brief article will give you ideas on how to find the right matching pocket square color that will create contrast, yet harmonize with all the other clothing items.

Consider the Occasion
Pocket squares can be worn with any jacket that has a breast pocket. For formal black tie events that require a tuxedo the classic white pocket square is the only choice. Best are pocket squares that are made from silk, fine linen, or fine cotton twill or pique. For less formal events including business attire there is much less restriction on choosing the proper pocket square. More serious events such as funerals are less suited for pocket squares – especially bright and flashy colors are out of place on such occasions.

What Color Pocket Square
When choosing a pocket square you want to find a color that sets contrast to the jacket and at the same time compliments the other colors on your outfit. Also avoid matching the pocket square to a prominent color on your outfit such as the suit or the dress shirt. Instead create an accent by matching the pocket square to a secondary color. A good example of secondary color is the necktie or the secondary color if you wear a patterned dress shirt.

A Note on Seasons
Besides matching the pocket square to the occasion and to other clothing items it is important to dress season-specific. As a general rule, more muted and darker color shades are best suited for the shorter, colder, and darker days in the winter, while brighter and more vivid colors are recommended for the spring and summer.

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