Menswear Accessory Storage: How to properly put away your pocket squares, ties, belts, and cufflinks

September 5, 2012 · 21 comments

in Accessories, How To

Hey gents,

We’ve certainly talked about how to properly accessorize in the past, but one thing we never really discussed is how to keep everything neat and orderly! Nothing’s worse than opening a drawer and seeing an explosion of colorful yet extremely wrinkled fabrics, or a metallic heap of unpaired cufflinks.

Here are some straight-forward ideas to keep your accessories organized and properly stored.

Organize your pocket squares

Pocket squares can come in all kinds of sizes and even shapes, but most likely a majority of yours are square.

The easiest way to keep these bad boys organized is to neatly fold and stack them. You can fold in half and stack, or fold in half twice and then stack. The former will allow for more to be stacked before the tower begins to tip over. If you have some room in your sock drawer, I say go with the “fold in half and stack” option.

If you only have a few to worry about, you can simply keep a small box on top of your dresser to house all your squares. If you have a small cedar box, an old cigar box or even a regular plastic storage box.

Personally I think cigar boxes look the coolest and are even display-worthy (at least in your closet), but maybe that’s just me.

Another place to store your favorite pocket squares? In the breast pockets of your favorite jackets where you normally wear them! The cool thing about this solution is that you’ll never have to worry about leaving the house without a square in your pocket.

After wearing one for so long, I don’t like how sport coats look without them. If you always keep one in each jacket, you’ll never forget it. Oh, and if you’re still struggling with how to fold them, check out this mini tutorial.

Organize your ties

The most common way is to hang your ties on a tie rack. If you can keep this organized and nicely spaced out, I don’t really see a problem with it.

The thing is, once you start accumulating a lot of neckwear, they get crowded and NOT nicely spaced out, which results in having to tug on the tie you want to wear that day until it finally makes its way out from under the hanging pile.

Long term, this is bad because it shortens the life of your tie. Tugging es no bueno, just like leaving a tie knotted es no bueno.

My favorite method? The roll and place.

Basically, you hold the narrow end of your tie between your thumb and index finger and wrap the wider end around until you have a nice cinnamon roll of a tie. You don’t want this to be too tight or too loose.

Then you simply place them neatly in rows either on its side (cinnamon roll facing up), or down with the wide end underneath. Ideally you’d have a compartmentalized insert for your dresser drawer, but even if you don’t, this method will still work.

If you don’t have money for a custom closet setup but still want the segmentation, you can use something like this for maximum flexibility. This can also work for your dress socks, by the way.

While we’re on the subject of ties, make sure to always untie yours after use. You don’t want to leave yours knotted for long periods of time, especially when it’s a more delicate fabric.

How to store your ties when traveling

I rarely go on trips where I need multiple ties. If you’re like me and traveling with two ties at most, simply roll them up and put them in your dress shoes. The rigidity of the dress shoes will keep your ties from getting crushed.

Another method is to carefully fold ties in half (narrow end under wide end) and then in half again, and place them in between layers of your other clothing. This should prevent your ties from shifting. If i were you though, I’d go with the shoe method.

Organize your belts

Best way? Roll them up and stuff them in your sock drawer, preferably against one of the walls of the drawer, loose end down (similar to the wide end down when storing your ties). This should prevent them from unrolling. I usually start with the buckle and roll from there so the buckle is in the center of the roll. Easy, right?

You could hang them on a door rack, but to me, that’s just annoying. Plus, how many belts do you have? Realistically you only need three to four belts at the most. Why would you need a door rack that holds 15?

Organize your cufflinks

I have a little pouch full of old cufflinks my dad wore years ago. If you’re an active cufflink collector and own nice ones (new or otherwise), I wouldn’t suggest you store them as I store mine.

One way to go about it is to use the original box they came in. That always works.

You can also purchase a special storage box, which will definitely prevent your cufflinks from dinging and scratching each other (something a plain cloth pouch simply won’t do). Like check this one out.

But! If you’re more of a silk knots type dude, then a simple pouch will do just fine.

How’s that for storage tips?

Do you have your own innovative way of storing your accessories and accoutrements? I’m curious to hear them. Let us know in the comments below.

 

Photos: squarestiepouch.

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Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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