Nugget of Knowledge: Pocket square

The pocket handkerchief used to be kept in a man's pants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Our Nugget comes from Kathy, who asked about Jim Loboy’s pocket square. Sometimes it has four points, and sometimes it’s wadded up in no particular fashion.

Pocket square have a long history.

King Richard II of England (1367-1400) invented the handkerchief as a little piece of cloth to clean his nose or protect his nose as he walked by common people. By the 17th century, the handkerchief was common among all classes throughout western Europe.

At first, they stayed in the trouser pocket. As two piece suits came into fashion in the 19th century, many men started to place their clean pocket square into the breast pocket of their jacket. If it was in their pocket, dirty coins would touch it.

But after you used it, back into the trousers it would go.

By the 1920s, the pocket square had become more of a fashion accessory than having any other purpose.

Pocket squares are still today a very fashionable piece of accessory for any formal or even business attire.

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