If you’re looking to set your suit apart from the rest, a tie and pocket square should be at the top of your shopping list. Simple yet effective, these stylish accessories will add some extra character to formal ensembles without breaking the bank. But how do you navigate the etiquette of these menswear must-haves? We’re here to help.

Does a Tie and Pocket Square Have to Match?

Although it seems like an easy way to coordinate your outfit, matching your pocket square and tie is a no-no. Instead, consider the rest of your outfit first (including the tie) and then choose a pocket square which echoes a colour in your tie, shirt or jacket.

How to Fold a Pocket Square

Before assembling a wardrobe full of dandy hankies, it would be wise to put some time aside to learn the art of the fold. To do so, read our how to fold a pocket square guide here.

Our Favourite Tie and Pocket Square Combinations

If coming up with your own tie and pocket square combinations still seems rather daunting (don’t worry, it won’t forever), then these three fail-safe examples should get the creative juices flowing…

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This striking pairing is bold but respectable – making it a great option for a wedding or important business meeting. The blue of the pocket square doesn’t match the shirt exactly, instead it picks out the pale blue from the subtle stripes.

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The colour red pulls everything together in this combination. The patterns of the shirt and tie offer a splash of character, while the solid-coloured pocket square adds elegance. We think it’s a playful choice for the office.

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This ensemble would be suitable for endless formal occasions – whether you’re on a business trip or taking a client for lunch. Notice how the polka dot pocket square complements the pale blue shirt, but doesn’t match.

Top Tips for Combining Your Tie & Pocket Square

To help you create the best tie and pocket square combinations, take a look at our top tips below:

  • Never directly match your tie and pocket square.
  • Don’t be afraid of patterns, but be careful not to overdo them.
  • Practice your folds.
  • If in doubt, opt for a white pocket square.
  • Ensure your square is large enough – you don’t want it disappearing in your pocket.

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Read our how to tie a tie guide here.