Death Of Men’s White Handkerchiefs?
Men’s White Handkerchiefs
Are men’s white handkerchiefs a dying breed? When was the last time you saw a man with a white handkerchief? I thought about white handkerchiefs this weekend as I watched the Intern.
In the movie, one of the young interns asked Ben (older intern), why he always had a pocket handkerchief. Ben told the young man that he carried the handkerchief in case a lady needed it, he always wanted to be prepared just in case a lady needed help and comfort because that’s what good men do. I think there is something debonair and dashing about a man who has a crisp white handkerchief in his pocket. It is even more intriguing when he hands this handkerchief to a damsel in distress without worrying that he might never get it back. I wonder if we will ever see this trend return or is it that it never went anywhere? hmmmmmmmm
History of the Handkerchief
For centuries handkerchiefs have been used by men and women to wipe hands or face; to blow noses, to wipe away tears or simply as accessory in a suit pocket. Some believe the handkerchief originated in China but wherever it originated, handkerchiefs quickly came to symbolize social status and wealth.
Handkerchiefs have been with us in the small moments – dabbing a baby’s chin, wrapping a child’s cut finger, catching a tear while watching An Affair to Remember for the umpteenth time, and the major moments – a bride’s tears of joy, a widow’s deep despair, a marine tucking his wife’s perfumed hankie over his heart.
Kerchief was the common word for a long time before persons started using the term handkerchief.
Men’s White Handkerchiefs As Pocket Squares
Pocket squares have become a visual fashion item for many men on numerous occasions. According to Wikipedia pocket squares can range from the austere to the flamboyant:
- The Presidential, perhaps the simplest, is folded at right angles to fit in the pocket.
- The Westo Four Point fold, the quickest way to achieve a four-point fold effect.
- The TV Fold looks similar but is folded diagonally with the point inside the pocket.
- The One-point Fold is folded diagonally with the point showing.
- The Two-point Fold is folded off-center so the two points do not completely overlap.
- The Three-point Fold is first folded into a triangle, then the corners are folded up and across to make three points.
- The Four-point Fold is an off-center version of the Three-point Fold.
- The Cagney is basically a backwards version of the Four-point Fold.
- The Puff or the Cooper is simply shaped into a round puff.
- The Reverse Puff is like the Puff, except with the puff inside and the points out, like petals.
- The Astaire is a puff with a point on either side.
- The Straight Shell is pleated and then folded over to give the appearance of nested shells.
- The Diagonal Shell is pleated diagonally and then folded.
It is said that handkerchiefs are much more environmentally friendly than a box of tissue. Yet I rarely see handkerchiefs in use any more, or perhaps I am not looking in the right places. I would love to see more men adding white handkerchiefs to their wardrobe. I just think it adds such a sense of style and what better way to make the acquaintance of a lady by offering a shoulder to cry on with a white handkerchief to blow her nose!
Are you a fan of men’s white handkerchiefs? Is this something that deserves a comeback or do you feel like it never went anywhere in the first place? Father’s Day is almost here, why not surprise that special gentleman with a box of white handkerchiefs?
Handkerchief. Retrieved From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handkerchief
Handkerchief History. Retrieved From http://handkerchiefheroes.com/home/