Kipper's Pocket Square Guide

Ever thought about what makes a good suit a dashing one? A professional one? A casual, yet stylish one?

At Kipper, we are interested in every detail that not only distinguishes our suits by showcasing the quality of our choice materials, but also in the effortless attention to color, style pairings, and singularity. Often times, people feel comfortable enough to pick out ties that are fun, appropriate, and relatable to their character, but a pocket square is that extra accessory. The one that is often chalked up to be either “unnecessary” or “excessive”... both of which are not true.

Pocket squares are the suit’s secret, special agent-- it can be a stand alone object that does all the fashionable, heavy lifting without a tie’s help, or it can be the tie’s right-hand addition, meant to bring out the best in your tie. The beauty of pocket squares are that they don’t need to be anything, but that its true potential lies in that it can be everything; the decision is yours.

Here are some quick tips to assure you that the pocket square will always do you justice, no matter the instance...

                                                                                   The Rake, The Rake, and Pitti Uomo

                                                                                   The Rake, The Rake, and Pitti Uomo

1.) The Trick Isn't To Match Rather To Complement-- Your pocket square does not necessarily need to match entirely with your suit because its best aspects are revealed when you’re able to enhance your attire with a daring hint of difference be it through color, texture, or patterns. Counter intuitively enough, you’d be surprised how much these little differences can ultimately meld with your suit and holistically demonstrate your style mastery.

                                                                                Hugo Boss, Pitti Uomo, David Gandy

                                                                                Hugo Boss, Pitti Uomo, David Gandy

2.) Which Shape Is Your Weapon of Choice? -- A Pocket square can be folded into so many different ways, all of which emphasize the exact function that you are currently using your suit for by mimicking geometric shapes. For example, if you fold it squarely it provides the silhouette of professionalism, if you make it into a puff (more or less a circle) it radiates your demeanor of elegance, and if press it into a one, two, or three-point (one, two, or even three triangles!) fold it may very well sharpen your bold, yet refined, style.

                                                                    Frank Gallucci, Esther Quek, Sarah Ann Murray

                                                                    Frank Gallucci, Esther Quek, Sarah Ann Murray

3.) The Suit’s Sole Survivor -- Pocket squares give your suit dimension in that it allows you yet another tool for you to express your playfulness (or seriousness), and knowledge of both your suit and yourself. Again, the great thing about pocket squares are that if you’re not feeling up to wearing a tie a great consolation is accessorizing your suit with a pocket square instead (ladies, it also gives an effortlessly masculine, yet soft, touch)! It will do the same type of “heavy lifting” that a tie does stylistically without adding too much of that professional dynamic that you may not need for that family picnic, night out on the town, or house party.

So, don’t be shy! Give that tie a break, fill your pocket, and play around with another aspect of what can make a great suit entirely you.

Hoisum Nguyen

Berkeley, CA