The Humble Handkerchief

The Humble Handkerchief

The handkerchief is undervalued one of the most undervalued men’s accessory, and should not be confused with the silk pocket square. A Hanky should be added to the pocket of every outfit. Blowing ones nose might be the most obvious choice, but it’s not the only option, as you’ll see.

Your handkerchief should be made from 100% cotton or Linen. Silk hanks are not practical for any use other than adorning a jacket pocket. White is the classic choice and by adding a simple monogram it personalises this essential item, though such touches are a very personal choices.


Folded in a Jacket Pocket

An outfit is completed with a simple addition of a pocket square, the most simplest and easiest to pull off is the white cotton hanky.

Padding Ones Brow

When the weather is warm and your forehead has produced unwanted perspiration the Handkerchief in your pocket can come in very handy. A good tip is to add some cologne giving you a refreshing touch when mopping your brow.

Giving to a Lady in need

Whether it be at a funeral, wedding or casual acquaintance one should have a handkerchief to hand to comfort a Lady in need, please note that in this instance it shouldn’t be used and shouldn’t be returned.

Drying Ones Hands

Often an overlooked use, drying your hands after washing them in a bathroom that features a lacklustre hand dryer – which includes most of them – the hanky can be used to finish the job. Indeed a hanky makes for a great general use rag for cleaning ones hands or other items be it your glasses or paint from the end of your brush or.

Cleaning the iPad Screen

The most modern way of using the handkerchief is to clean the screen of the iPad it is just one more reason to carry a hanky.

This article is a rework of one originally written by the author for their blog An Aspiring Gent.

Feature Image by Olu Eletu on Unsplash

One Response
  1. Always carry a handkerchief. Saved many an embarrassing moment. And hand dryers are unsanitary.

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