Handkerchiefs can be designated as one of the most versatile accessoriesd without any exaggeration.
It is the basic tool used for personal hygiene wheter it be cleaning the nose in case of colds, covering the mouth when coughing, wiping the sweat or wiping the corners of the mouth while eating. Handkerchiefs serve well also in the case of minor contamination of clothing during social events.
As Ladislav Špaček, the doyen in the field of social behaviour, states in his book (The Great Book of Etiquette): "Handkerchiefs in the breast pocket are one of few accesories that reveal the individuality and self-confidence of man in society." Ibid: "The choice of colour and pattern is entirely on the taste of a man, not depending on the tie, shirt or the jacket, no rule exists, and the only goal is harmony. Another traditional attribute of handkerchiefs is the function of fashion accessories. The handkerchief is without exaggeration an elegant dot of the overal appearance of the true gentleman.