June 11, 2020 4 min read

No matter how you may feel about it, your appearance says a lot about you. Whether you like it or not, you'll be judged on how you look both professionally and when it comes to fashion.

There are times where you'll need to look both stylish and refined. Fortunately, men's pocket squares are the perfect addition that can complete an outfit. When it comes to incorporating color, though, not everyone knows how to go about it.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about matching your pocket square with your necktie.

Choose Your Tie First

Before you can choose a pocket square, you'll need to first make your tie selection. This, of course, should be one that complements both your shirt and jacket.

After you've found one that suits you well, you can shift your focus to choosing the ideal pocket square.

Although your tie is meant to complement your outfit, your pocket square should complement your tie. This means you should place a higher emphasis on what the two look like when placed next to each other as opposed to how your pocket square looks against your jacket.

This will serve as a great starting point and help you eliminate a large handful of choices that are no longer relevant.

Your Pocket Squares Should Complement Your Tie, Not Match It

One of the biggest fashion faux pas that men make when adding pocket squares to their outfit is perfectly matching their tie and pocket square.

At first, this may seem like a good thing— after all, the colors are identical, how could it be wrong?

Unfortunately, it gives off too much of a 'uniform' appearance, making the tie and pocket square look like they belong as a pair. Additionally, this will prove to be visually distracting due to the overabundance of the same color.

So, your tie's color or pattern should complement that of your tie instead. This will ensure that your outfit 'flows' more naturally and make it as visually appealing as possible.

Neutral Colors Are Always an Option

It can be difficult to find the ideal color to match with your tie. Since color is often used as a display of personality, many people spend significant time searching for the colors that represent them best.

Sometimes, though, the outfit and tie combination doesn't leave much room for a colored pocket square. In fact, choosing a color that's too 'loud' or one that doesn't mesh well with the rest of your outfit can throw off your whole appearance.

Instead, consider neutral colors when you're finding it difficult to choose one. Colors like black, white, beige, and brown will pair well with a tie of any color.

If you do choose to use more vibrant colors, though, choosing a more 'muted' tone will give off a more sophisticated appearance.

Find The Ideal Size

One of the worst mistakes you can make is choosing a pocket square that's too large or too small.

If your square is too big, it'll likely protrude too far out of your jacket's pocket and serve as a visual distraction. Similarly, a pocket square that's too small can be hardly noticeable if it sinks down into your pocket.

Working With Patterns

Patterns are often complicated for most men to choose from. To the untrained eye, it can even seem nearly impossible to tell if a certain pocket square pattern goes well with your tie.

One of the easiest workarounds, though, is to choose a pattern for only your tie or pocket square. For instance, if your tie is solid burgundy, you have a bit of flexibility when it comes to pocket square pattern.

Although incorporating patterns for both is more difficult, it's always a possibility. There are a few guidelines, though.

The pattern proportions of your tie and pocket square should vary. This means a tie with small, thin stripes is best complemented by a pocket square with larger, bolder lines.

The same can be said for dots, other shapes, etc.

If you're currently not at a point where you're confident wearing patterns, a simple pattern paired with a solid tie is often the best option. As time goes on, you can slowly experiment until you find your own unique sense of style.

Pocket Square Textures

A commonly-overlooked attribute of pocket squares is the texture. Although it's alright for the fabric of your pocket square and your tie to match, it's recommended that you don't choose a pocket square material that matches your suit jacket.

Since pocket squares are meant to add a bit of extra personalization and contrast to an outfit, having them blend in with your jacket material defeats the entire purpose.

So, as long as your pocket square contrasts with the material you're wearing, you shouldn't encounter any issues.

When looking to personalize your appearance, though, it's best to go with something like silk if you're looking to appear more refined. Otherwise, textures can be used for a more casual look.

It's worth noting, though, that the ruggedness of a textured pocket square provides a nice contrast to a 'dressier' outfit and tie.

Matching Men's Pocket Squares With Ties Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be.

With the above information about matching neckties and men's pocket squares in mind, you'll be well on your way toward achieving a refined, fashionable look.

Want to learn more about how we can help? Feel free to get in touch with us today to see what we can do.


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