Why a man should never be without a hanky

Why a man should never be without a hanky

In the modern age of disposable tissues handkerchiefs have fallen out of favour. However throughout the ages men used to carry a hanky with pride. There are many reasons why they are superior to their disposable counterparts and why every man should carry one in his pocket.

  1. Handy for a sweaty brow, perhaps after a game of cricket or tennis.
  2. They are soft on the nose. Especially if you’re a hayfever sufferer in spring and battling with a runny nose or repeated sneezing attacks.
  3. It’s a chivalrous gesture to offer your (clean) hanky to a lady friend if her eyes begin to well up.
  4. Helpful and comforting for mopping up your own tears.
  5. They are charming. Whipping out a vintage-looking hanky looks a whole lot cooler than opening a pack of tissues.
  6. A fancy silk, silk/wool or linen number perfectly placed in the left breast pocket adds character to a suit.
  7. They look expensive. Throughout history hankies were carried only by the noblest of gentlemen.
  8. But they are actually cheap. Buying a pack of re-usable hankies is very cost-effective as is making your own out of old t-shirts and you’ll never have to buy a box of tissues again.
  9. They are kind to the environment. Handkerchiefs win hands down as the greener alternative and don’t you want to do your bit for the earth and reduce your carbon footprint? Choose organic cotton varieties for the greatest impact.
  10. They serve as a makeshift bandage in dire circumstances.
  11. They serve as a napkin when you’ve been a little too hasty with the BBQ.
  12. Could be used as a bib to protect your shirt (think tomato sauce stains!)
  13. They don’t leave a trail of lint in your pocket if you forget them after putting clothing in the wash.
  14. They could be used for a hasty shoe-shine before an important meeting or interview.