Every Man Should Carry a Handkerchief

I just finished reading an outstanding article written by Brett & Kate McKay from The Art of Manliness – a blog dedicated to uncovering the lost art of being a man – about why men should carry handkerchiefs. You should absolutely go to the site, read the article, and look around at the other awesome posts, and until then, here is my abbreviated take on it.

There are a few things that men should carry in their pockets, once thing being a (clean) handkerchief. If your ladies starts to cry, you have something you can offer her; if your nose starts to run, you won’t have to blow the mess on the sidewalk; and if you’re sweaty from dancing, you have something to dry off with.

Why Carry a Handkerchief?

Handkerchiefs are pretty handy items. We ladies carry a purse filled with various item (often more than necessary) where most men carry the bare minimum. And yet your noses run just as often as the lady’s do. However, if you carried a hankie, you wouldn’t have to go wipe your nose with a piece of your clothing or pull a Texas nose blow. Here’s another scenario: it’s summer time, you’re wearing a light colored linen suit, sitting on the porch, listening to some blues drinking a mint julep and you’re feeling moist. Do you grab a paper towel? No way; you take an embroidered hankie out of your pocket and dab your brow. Mainly this is what a handkerchief for. Ben Morris tends to carry them with him while he’s dancing and instead of sweating on his partners, he dries himself off and doesn’t sweat on his partner any more than necessary.

Remember leaders, it’s not just about you, it’s about your follow too. Think of what a man you’ll be if you come prepared to something that might make a girl cry: a chic flick, an amazing routine, or a breakup. Girls, just like your fellow dude, feel vulnerable on occasion, and if you can come to their (my) rescue, they’ll not only appreciate it, but also remember the offer. According to the article this post is based off of, “It’s a gallant and chivalrous gesture; there’s just something comforting about it.” McKay, Brett and Kate. (2009, March 26). Post about Handkerchiefs. Message posted to

It’s not icky

We are a very germaphobic culture these days, so no wonder why popularity of the handkerchief has decreased so significantly. Don’t believe me? Do you or anyone you know have hand sanitizer? Do you own Febreeze or a similar product? Do you have something in the bathroom to cover up smells? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Heads up: you need more than one hankie; a clean one for every day of the week and at the end of the week, they should be thrown into the laundry. And this should go without say, but just in case, if you offer you handkerchief to someone, please make sure it’s unused. That’s just nasty.

Maybe you’re not still not convinced. Maybe you feel like like it’s gross. Well guess what, it’s YOUR grossness. Man up and deal with your snot (and if you’re a lindy hopper, you shouldn’t be afraid of sweat otherwise you’re doing the wrong dance). Another bonus: it’s Earth-friendly.

How to Carry a Handkerchief

Typically a handkerchief is carried in your pants. There’s a party in your pants, and I’m invited (to use it…..maybe). FYI, and handkerchief isn’t a pocket square which is that bit of flash that adorns your suit pocket. The can be plain, basic cotton ones or be a little flashy, flashy. You can also personalize them by having your initials embroidered onto them.

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2 thoughts on “Every Man Should Carry a Handkerchief

  1. Maritimer says:

    Handkerchiefs are a very cool and essential item every man should always carry. They help to keep you clean and presentable. Why would you not carry one?

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