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And 12 ways to use a pocket square at the races that you never knew existed…
This year, New & Lingwood – one of London’s longest established and most respected English gentleman’s outfitters – will once again continue their partnership with Goodwood as official Style Partner of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. With an iconic and vibrant history, Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately referred to as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ encompasses the height of British sophistication reflected in its idyllic scenic settings and upheld in its quintessential summer dress code.
This year’s festival is one to mark in the sporting calendar as New & Lingwood has designed three new silk pocket squares to celebrate the prestigious partnership. With their Art Deco inspired print, the ‘Divers’ & ‘Tennis Players’ pocket squares add a witty final flourish to a formal look, whilst the ‘Pony Print’ pocket squares are the perfect accompaniment to the event. The three exclusive designs will be available for purchase from the on-site pop up shop and the New & Lingwood website for the duration of the festival.
As any discerning gentleman knows, a pocket square is an invaluable tool of sartorial survival. Hence, as official Style Partner of ‘Glorious Goodwood’, New & Lingwood has compiled a handy list of all you need to know about pocket squares and their infinite uses.
1. Show your colours
Why wear a pocket square? Well, quite simply, because it adds a welcome dash of colour and pattern to a somber tailored outfit. It also offers a modern sign of allegiance. If you’re backing a particular horse or two, match his colours with your pocket square. New & Lingwood are offering an extensive range of exclusive silk squares at Goodwood, so you can be sure to find the colours you need.
2. Complement, but don’t match
The first rule of wearing a pocket square is an easy one to master. A pocket square should always complement your shirt and tie, but never match them. A plain crimson tie and silk square is far too ‘matchy’, and plain old unimaginative. Instead, choose a pocket square with complementary colours that bring together your shirt, tie and jacket. Wear a sky-blue hanky with a navy blazer, or an olive-green hanky with a pale linen suit.
3. Make a croissant
Peckish? This won’t help. But, if you’re looking for style advice, you’re in the right place. The croissant is a pocket square fold that shows off bright, summery-looking squares just so. Pinch your square at its centre and let the points hang down. Then give it a half-twist in its middle and fold it in two, to form a small puff of silk. When arranged neatly in your top pocket, it should mirror the folds of a croissant.
4. Go for a flutter
This one’s a no brainer. The New & Lingwood Pony Print pocket hankie is the perfect accompaniment for the edge of the track, as your horse streaks past, whip out your square and give him a cheer.
5. Dive in
Pocket squares are at their most entertaining when they feature an abstract print. For Glorious Goodwood, New & Lingwood’s Art Deco-inspired Divers pocket square is just the thing to add a witty final flourish to a formal look.
6. Show off your handiwork
Well, perhaps not your own handiwork. New & Lingwood’s silk pockets squares are finished with delicate rolled edges, painstakingly finished and lovingly made in Italy.
7. Find the edge
If in doubt, wear your square folded with just the edges on show in a neat parallel line peeping out from the top of your breast pocket. It’s an understated look, reminiscent of 1950s ‘Rat Pack’ cool, and it can help to mute a pocket square’s bright colours, if you don’t want to show off too much.
8. Find some shade
The word handkerchief – or ‘kerchief’ as it was originally known – comes from the hybridisation of two French words; couvrir, ‘to cover,’ and ‘chef’, which means ‘head.’ Therefore, you should feel no shame then in fashioning an impromptu sun-hat from yours; tie the four corners into knots and lie back in your chair, cool as a cucumber.
9. Pack lunch
A ploughman’s tastes better if it’s been stashed in a handkerchief all day. Science can’t explain why, but it does. It’s as British as roast dinner with bread sauce – and if anything, more tasty.
10. Pop corks
The races are, above all, a day of celebration. With champagne aplenty flowing and Pimms circulating by the jug full, a pocket square can be a handy tool to un-cork a bottle of fizz. If you’re struggling, wrap the bottle in your hanky for a bit of extra grip.
11. Calm your nerves
If the thrill of the races all gets a little too much for the fair maiden next to you, fear not. You can produce your pocket hanky and waft cool air across her fevered brow. Everyone likes a knight in shining armour (or a New & Lingwood blazer, as the case may be).
12. Wrap up your winnings
At the close of a good day’s sport, once you’ve bet, fluttered and punted on horses till you can punt no more, a luxurious pocket square is just the thing in which to stash your winnings. Retire for the evening with a spring in your step, safe in the knowledge that your windfall is swathed in only the finest New & Lingwood silk.
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)