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The ‘pocket square’ is basically the small handkerchief that you keep decoratively folded in the top pocket of your jacket or suit coat. 

It serves as a means for adding an extra touch of ‘flair’ to the overall look of the suit.

Even though pocket squares are legitimately made from actual handkerchiefs, they’re not actually made to be used as handkerchiefs. 

Their entire purpose is to elevate the look of your jacket. 

But where did they come from? And why do we use them today?

And which folds work best for different types of situations?

These are great questions. And actually, there are some interesting traditions associated with these little squares of fancy fabric. 

Let’s dive into it and talk about it. 

The Origin Of The Pocket Square

According to Rampley & Co, many believe that the pocket square was actually first used in ancient Egypt. 

According to legend, these small cloths were made of linen, and were dyed with a red powder. 

They were believed to be signs of wealth, and used for decorative purposes. 

The ancient Greeks also carried similar cloths. They would even scent them with perfumes. 

The Romans had a similar tradition. It was even said that the emperor would begin the gladiatorial games by ‘dropping his handkerchief!’

Of course, while these are all probably traditions that influenced the ‘pocket square’ as we know it today, it didn’t really start to take its true form until the 1400s. During these years, pocket squares were used for style and utility. 

They were sometimes embroidered with beautiful patterns, and were made of many different types of exotic fabric. 

They evolved over time—and today, we still use them—albeit more as a fashion accessory than as an actual utilitarian handkerchief. 

How To Use A Pocket Square

There are actually many different ways to fold a pocket square. 

And some of them are definitely more challenging than others. 

You can learn how to fold several of the most iconic folds in this YouTube video by Real Men Real Style

Let’s take just a moment to talk about the most popular types of folds, and when they’re supposed to be used. 

The Presidential Fold

This is the most ‘formal’ pocket square fold. It’s also one of the simplest to create, and one of the most elegant options. It’s perfect for job interviews, formal events, black tie events, etc. It’s typically created with a plain white handkerchief. 

The Scallop Fold

This slightly ‘flashy’ look is a bit more difficult to achieve. But don’t let the ‘fanciness’ fool you! This fold is best used in more casual settings—though you can use a handkerchief of just about any color to create it. 

The ‘Puff’ Fold

This fold is basically achieved by gathering the handkerchief at the middle, pulling the middle to a point, and folding it in half. It’s quick, easy, and casual—and you can use handkerchiefs of just about any color or style to achieve the desired look. 

The Two-Point Fold

This fold is classy and sophisticated. If you’re looking for something that’ll look a bit fancier than the presidential fold, this may be your best bet. 

The Winged Puff Fold

This fold is best used for casual occasions—but it actually looks quite fancy, and is bound to elicit some compliments! Try out this fold if you really want to stand out with a more ‘bold’ pocket square look. 

When Should You Wear A Pocket Square?

As a general rule, you’ll want to wear a pocket square whenever you’re wearing a suit coat, jacket, or tuxedo jacket that has a pocket—and you’ll always want to make use of them for formal and semi-formal events. 

As a general rule of thumb, there really isn’t a jacket-and-tie event where you wouldn’t want to wear a pocket square. 

This should be a common staple for men who regularly wear suits, jackets, coats, and tuxedos. 

For the most part—you’ll never want to leave home without it! 

Conclusion

Hopefully, this blog post has helped to provide some interesting and important information about the pocket square. 

If you need some additional information, and/or if you’re interested in securing your next tuxedo rental for your next formal event, please don’t hesitate to stop by or give us a call

We’d love to help you out!

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As the groom, you may be nervous, excited, and even a bit overwhelmed by all of this wedding planning business. 

But one interesting thing about wedding planning culture in our society is that it has shifted a lot over the past 20-ish years. 

It used to be that the bride, her sisters, her friends, her mother, and even her future mother-in-law (along with the other women of the family) did the majority of the wedding planning. 

However, this trend has definitely changed over the last couple of decades. 

Nowadays, grooms are taking a more active role in the planning process—and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this. 

Grooms bring a lot to the table and have a lot to offer in the wedding planning process. 

And in this post, we’re going to go over a basic checklist of things that you can do to help your bride-to-be plan the perfect wedding that you can both feel amazing about as your special day approaches.

Let’s dive into it.

1. Get Involved In The Planning Process

As a man, you may be thinking to yourself:

“Does my soon-to-be bride really even want me involved in planning the wedding?”

And the answer to this question is a resounding yes.

So the first item on the checklist is to throw yourself into the process with as much enthusiasm and optimism as you can muster. 

  • Make yourself available for important planning occasions. 
  • Show up to important planning appointments and functions. 
  • Show her that you’re committed to making this day the best it can be.

She’ll appreciate the support, and she’ll appreciate your input—probably a lot more than you realize.  

2. Run Those Errands

As the wedding day approaches, a lot of stuff is going to need to get done. 

And some of these things are just going to straight up take a lot of time

You may need to run errands, pick things up, drop things off, help solve last minute problems, and see to last-minute details. 

Some of these things will require the bride’s immediate attention—but some of them will fall perfectly within the scope of your ability as the groom. 

So make yourself available (especially as you get closer to the wedding day) to perform some of this legwork. 

Trust us. Your bride-to-be will be eternally grateful for the assistance.

3. Be A Line Of Communication To Your Side Of The Family

Communicating with the family can be tricky. 

This is especially true if your bride-to-be isn’t super connected to them on a regular basis.

Taking up the role of communicating important wedding information to your side of the family will likely be a great help and asset to your bride as she works to plan the perfect day. 

Think of yourself as a sort of ambassador or emissary. 

Hey—it’s an important job! 

4. Be Proactive About Your Wardrobe Ensemble

As a groom, it’s in your best interest to take an active role in selecting the perfect tuxedo.

This includes to-do list items like:

  • Choosing accent colors 
  • Choosing the style
  • Choosing whether you’ll wear a bow tie or a necktie
  • Selecting the shoe style
  • Choosing accessories

Sure, your bride can offer her input on these things. 

However, it’s always a great idea to make sure that you are spearheading this part of the planning process. 

Why? 

Well first of all, because you’re the one who’s going to be wearing the tux

Secondly, trust us… 

Once again, your soon-to-be wife will be thankful for the extra help. 

This is a big process. 

She’s probably already pushed to the max with decision fatigue. 

Taking this item off of her plate will be a massive help. 

5. Take Full Responsibility For The Groomsmen

Communicating with your groomsmen is an important part of the wedding process as well. 

These are the men who’ll stand alongside you at the altar as you exchange vows. 

With that being said, they’ll also need to be organized for the occasion—and sometimes this can be a little bit like herding cats. 

Your bride certainly isn’t going to have the time, energy, or bandwidth for such a task.

Therefore, as the groom, it’s going to be your responsibility to make sure that this important task is seen to.

Conclusion

There you have it. 

Our top 5 tips for putting together a basic groom checklist. 

If you utilize all of these tips to help your bride-to-be in planning your big day, you’ll be certain to earn some pretty major points. 

But even more importantly, you’ll be supporting her in the wedding planning process in a proactive and meaningful way. 

So men—get out there and make it happen. 

You’ve got this.

And don’t forget to stop by to get yourself measured and outfitted for the perfect tux for your big day.

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With the 4th of July (Independence Day) right around the corner, you (a very excited groom-to-be) may be putting some serious thought into whether or not to weave the patriotic colors (red, white, and blue) into your wedding decoration themes. 

You may also be wondering how to do this without making it tacky!

These are very reasonable questions—but rest assured that there are plenty of ways to utilize this color scheme in your wedding in a manner that won’t feel ‘over the top’ or ‘out of place.’ 

If the armed forces are a part of your family’s lineage (or that of your bride-to-be’s), and/or if you come from a long line of police officer service members—then this may be especially pertinent.  

But even beyond these things—if patriotism and paying homage to our great nation are important to you, and if you really want to make this a part of your July wedding celebration—then we’ve got you covered. 

Here are some of the top tips to keep in mind as you break out the wedding planner book and prepare for a patriotic-themed wedding day. 

1. Go Easy on the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ Colors

Holding a wedding celebration that’s decorated with reds, whites, and blues doesn’t have to mean ‘super’ red, white, and blue! 

It could, for example, mean going mostly white with subtle red and blue accents as supporting colors. 

This is a lot different from making all three colors ‘equal’ as you decorate. This, by contrast, could very well lead to a color palette that’s just too much on the eyes—that goes in too many distracting directions at once. 

2. ‘Patriotic’ Can Be a Secondary Theme

One of the primary fears about using red, white, and blue to decorate for the wedding is that this color scheme will appear ‘political,’ and look more like a presidential campaign rally than a romantic wedding. 

For this reason, you may want to use the ‘patriotic’ theme as a secondary—and choose ‘traditional,’ ‘elegant,’ or ‘luxurious’ as a primary descriptor for how you want your wedding to look. 

By this logic, you can pretty much do all of your shopping for white decorations that fit under one of those labels. Then, you can add your favorite accent pieces to complete the look and bring all the patriotic colors together. 

3. Need Some Inspiration? Consult Pinterest

You really can’t go wrong by looking to Pinterest for some inspiration. 

Just visit the site, type in your search query (for example, ‘patriotic wedding theme’), and see what comes up. 

You might be surprised by the wealth of different ideas you can find. 

Pinterest is an excellent community for helping people to find inspiration and creative ideas for weddings. 

4. Reflect Your Patriotic Theme Subtly in Your Tuxedo  

You don’t need to go all-out and dress like Uncle Sam for your wedding! 

You can still stick with an ‘elegant’ wedding theme while paying homage to the patriotic color scheme. 

For example, you can wear a traditional black tuxedo—but choose a red or blue bow tie.

This subtle color scheme change can really make the look ‘pop’ without going to tacky extremes. 

You could even take this to a more ‘conservative’ level by choosing a dark red or dark blue tie. 

This will blend in and look a lot more elegant than a brightly colored red or blue option. 

You can also incorporate your boutonniere into the color scheme as well. 

With a white shirt, a dark blue bow tie, and a red boutonniere—you’ll represent all of the colors, but you’ll be doing so in a manner that isn’t ‘over the top.’ 

Conclusion

Of course, you can always feel free to crank up the ‘patriotism’ meter a little bit more, to suit your taste. 

But as a general rule, these are some of our favorite tips for weaving red, white, and blue into the color scheme for any wedding. 

Need a bit of extra help?

Consider stopping in for a brainstorming session. 

We’d love to help you make your special day a perfect blend of ‘patriotic’ and ‘romantic.’ 

Plus, your bride-to-be will thank you for taking such a keen interest in the decoration choices. 

You’re off to a great start. 

You’ve got this!

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