Friday, April 15, 2011

No need to talk, your handkerchief says it all

There is something  so alluring about a well dressed man, who takes out the time to accessorize with a handkerchief (pocket square). It caputures a modern-day regalness, and it is such a smooth approach to men's fashion. It shows a man with exquisite taste and suavity. This masculine acessory provides that refined detail to a blazer, suit, or vest. Historically a handkerchief held very many symbolic meanings. It is my belief that he modern day handerkerchief represents apathy (he cares about what he is wearing), concept ( he thought about it), time management (he took out the time to put it together), sophistication (he understands how someone of a mature age should dress), and last but certainly not least, style (he is accustomed to dressing himself and knows what looks good on his physique.)
-Fashion Tip
A man should own a least two.

One may ask, how could a simple piece of folded cloth play such a huge role in a man's appearance? Historically a handkerchief held very symbolic meanings.

Handkerchief: In classical Greece pieces of fine perfumed cotton, known as mouth or perspiration cloths, were often used by the wealthy. From the 1st cent. B.C., Roman men of rank used an oblong cloth of linen (the sudarium) chiefly to wipe perspiration from the face and hands. During the empire a square handkerchief of cotton or silk was carried, especially by women. The handkerchief was dropped by the praetors as a starting signal in the Roman games and was waved by spectators as a sign of approval. In the Middle Ages it was a prized possession and was conspicuously displayed by the wealthy. It was worn by knights in tournament as the symbol of a lady's favor. It came into general use in the Renaissance and was called a napkyn. Silk, cambric, and lawn, lavishly embroidered or laced, became fashionable for both men and women. Shapes were also varied. Today the handkerchief is more practical than decorative. Disposable paper handkerchiefs are used for all but very formal occasions. The handkerchief carried in the left hand of the officiating priest in the early Christian church evolved into a folded band that by the 12th cent. had become the maniple, worn on the left arm. (


Free_Flowers said...

there is something super sexy about a man with a pocket square! OMGoodness you captured the style of the man of my dreams in this post!!!!

Love it!

SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said...

i completely agree with you! well-dressed men are super attractive. :)

great post! i love the idea of it.

SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

Follow this blog with bloglovin

Follow Shes Obsessed