Our favorite summer pocket squares

By on July 27th, 2016

Pocket squares are a lot of fun. There’s probably no better way to add a little personality to your wardrobe than by artfully stuffing a little color into your chest pocket. Ron and I recently curated a small selection of summer pocket squares that we feel embody summertime here in Colorado.

First, a little background: In the summertime, pocket squares become a little more casual and should be cotton or linen. Why cotton or linen? Because your summer suit will likely be cotton or linen, or a blend. You’ll want to keep these fabrics consistent throughout your wardrobe. A bright and elegant silk pocket square will come off looking “too dressed up” for your slightly wrinkled cotton suit.

Here’s what you need to know about our pocket squares at BE – in cotton, you can literally choose a pocket square from any one of our hundreds of fabrics. And that’s just what Ron and I did when we went through our swatch books looking for just the right summer fabrics.

Let’s take a look at what we found.

Exhibit A: the Poolside

This fabric is a refreshing blue with a subtle paisley/swirl pattern. It works well with whites, blues, and greys.

blue summer pocket square


Exhibit B: the Floral

Print designs are more versatile than you may think. With this fabric, the floral print evokes thoughts of a summer garden and it’s clear that the man wearing it doesn’t take himself too seriously. Pair this with your lighter jackets – tan, beige, etc. I recommend wearing this pocket square “fluffled” versus neatly folded. Make it resemble a flower!

floral summer pocket squares

Exhibit B: the Nautical

Even though we are land-locked here in the Denver area, that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little sailing influence. Perhaps you once raced sailboats in California in your younger years. Or maybe today you take your stand-up paddleboard to the lake on the weekends. Regardless, this pocket square will bring out the sailor in all of us.

nautical summer pocket squares

Exhibit B: the Punk rocker sophisticate

This is a fun take on one of our favorite shirt fabrics, the skull and crossbones design.

But in a vibrant purple hue, this pocket square can easily be worn with a sharp looking suit for an evening out. However, you can still stuff it in your summer sportcoat pocket and look like a million bucks on any downtown Denver patio.

purple summer pocket squares


Wrap up

What’s your take on summer pocket squares? Perhaps you think pocket squares are meant only to be worn in the cooler months and with fancy suits? Not so! Summertime is the perfect time of year to explore some casual styling with some inventive squares like the ones Ron and I handpicked above.

And please don’t hesitate to write us with any questions, we’re always here to help: questions<at>

By Ryan Wagner

Further reading

Now that you have a handle on summer pocket squares read our Summer Suit Guide and you’ll be all set!