In fact there may be more blokes wearing them than you think. Mine have certainly developed a habit of sliding down into the pocket so that they can’t be seen – leaving me self-consciously fiddling with them on the train, on the tube, on the street, when the whole idea was to make me look as if I didn’t have a care in the world and had natural style. I look as though I’ve developed a new nervous tic when I’m wearing a particularly silky one.
There are a few answers if you want to continue wearing the things. First, consider cotton – for white it’s best, and it slips down a pocket far less easily than most. Second, get a big one – it will only slide into the pocket if there’s space for it to slide into. I have a couple of decent-sized offerings from Ralph Lauren and from Duchamp which stay up simply because the pocket’s stuffed with the rest; smaller ones vanish from view all too quickly. The trick with a larger one is not to show too much of it, so you don’t end up looking flash.
Or you can cheat like mad. A firm not too far from me, Hankyz, has started making ready-folded pocket squares, folded and stuck onto a card so you can fold the card to the right height and never get caught out.Yes it sounds like the equivalent of the ready-tied tie, and as someone who’s only recently learned to do up his own dickie bow I’m quite down on those. But they do work – the hanky bit is of course genuine, it’s just propped up.
The key to the success of these is going to be the variety available and the price. At £28-£39.50 they’re on the pricey side but hey, we wanted a proper bit of material rather than something dirt cheap trying to look like silk. The colours, patterns and general variety on offer are very promising. A nice addition to the dandy in your life’s Christmas.