This is the one thing you should never do when wearing a pocket square, according to men's style experts

  • It's not just the suit that counts, it's how you wear it.
  • "A nice shirt, tie, and pocket square can change the look," tailor Will Davison says.
  • However, a nice suit can be ruined by matching accessories.


Sometimes, it's not enough just to own a nice suit — it's how you wear it that counts.

Luckily, this doesn't have to mean spending a fortune at a tailor, and accessorising well can help upgrade a look effortlessly.

According to tailor Will Davison, "A nice shirt, tie, and pocket square can change the look."

However, the co-founder of Jack Davison Bespoke told Business Insider that there's one mistake guys often make — and that's matching the pattern of their pocket square exactly to their tie.

"Lots of people get hung up on having a matching tie and a matching pocket square, but we don't personally like it," Davison says.

Instead, he suggests: "Pick out a colour from the tie or the suit and have that in the pocket square so they're similar tones to each other but not completely matching."

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The City of London tailors aren't the only ones to have a distaste for matching accessories.

"One of the big pocket square no-nos for me is when they directly match the tie, like they came together in a set," Dan Rookwood, US Editor at Mr Porter, told FashionBeans. 

"A pocket square should be used to add some interest in terms of colour and/or pattern," he added.

Pocket square makers Rampley & Co agree.

"If your pocket square has a pattern or print, for example, then pick a colour from that palette to bring your look together and match it to a primary colour in your ties," they say on their website.

In short, your pocket square should complement your look — not match or clash with it.

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