Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a handkerchief and a pocket square? Is it just a different word for the same thing? In this post, we will definitively explain what the difference is between these two fashion accessories. Well, only one is really considered a fashion accessory. Can you guess which?
1. You Wear a Pocket Square with a Suit
Handkerchiefs are different because they are more like reusable tissues. You use it to blow your nose or wipe your lips, but men won't often then use the handkerchief as an accessory to their suit.
Can You Use a Handkerchief as a Pocket Square?
Even if you decide not to use a handkerchief to blow your nose and use it as an accessory, there are a few other reasons why men won't often use a handkerchief in place of a pocket square. They are the other key differences between pocket squares and handkerchiefs.
2. Pocket Squares & Handkerchiefs use Different Materials
The most noticeable difference between both articles is the material used in pocket squares and handkerchiefs. Many pocket squares are made out of silk. This creates a fashion accessory that shines and looks nice with a suit. But silk is a fragile fabric. Many handkerchiefs are made from cotton. Cotton is a more durable material which you can use and clean easily.
3. The Standard Sizes of Handkerchiefs & Pocket Squares are Different
It is important for pocket squares to be small so that they don't create a bulge when you wear them with a suit. This is a key difference between the two accessories. Handkerchiefs can be a little bigger, since you will probably be keeping them in a bigger pocket. This is another reason why you wouldn't normally wear a handkerchief as a pocket square.
4. Handkerchiefs are Thicker Than Pocket Squares
The final difference between pocket squares and handkerchiefs are that pocket squares are thin compared to handkerchiefs. This goes back to the need for pocket squares to be kept in a suit pocket without looking awkward.
Suits and Pocket Squares Inspired by Art
Michel de la Chenelière, Nathon Kong Ambassador, Wearing a Bespoke Suit with Limited Edition Artwork
Nathon Kong creates more that pocket squares. Each fashion accessory by Nathon Kong has a story woven in the fabric.
Les Impatients Workshop
Les Impatients is a nonprofit organization that supports artists with a mental health difficulty through therapeutic art programs. A member of Les Impatients created each artwork incorporated with mulberry silk fashion accessories. Nathon Kong donates 10% of proceeds to Les Impatients so that they can continue to support these artists.
Each silk fashion accessory is made in limited edition and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The certificate contains the fashion accessory's edition number and the story of the artist who created the artwork. Each art piece is shipped in a unique gift box.
10% of your purchases are donated to nonprofit organizations supporting mental health.