Add a Touch of Elegance with a Personalised Handkerchief

When you really want to make an impression, it's the little touches that can make the difference. Adding an elegantly personalised handkerchief to your look can really catch people's eyes, as well as giving you added confidence. On eBay, you'll find a great range of inexpensive, yet classy, handkerchiefs that you can make your own.

What messages can you include on a handkerchief?

The great thing about a personalised handkerchief is that it lets you express your individuality in all kinds of ways. For a family occasion, such as a wedding or birthday, you could choose to have your spouse's or children's names embroidered on the handkerchief, while for everyday wear you may prefer an inspirational quote that means a lot to you. The number of characters you'll be able to add will vary, so check listings carefully if you want to add a long text, such as a poem. As well as lettering, you may also be able to embellish your handkerchief with designs, such as stars, hearts, or scrolls.

How can you pick the right colour handkerchief?

You'll find many listings on eBay that offer a wide choice of colours, and it can be tempting to go all-out. However, loud colours won't suit all occasions, so think about your options carefully before choosing.

  • White: This classic shade will look good with almost any suit or jacket, though it's ideal for dark shades, such as black, navy blue, or charcoal grey.
  • Cream or ivory: These subtle variations are still well-suited to formal or business wear, and can appear a little restrained while still allowing a small touch of personal style.
  • Dark shades: Handkerchiefs in dark blue, green, or red will stand out, so they work well if you have the confidence to carry off something a little different.
  • Bright shades: These are a bold choice that can look very good with a light-coloured suit or jacket. Check the photos carefully before purchasing bright colours to avoid unwelcome colour clashes.
What font should you use on your handkerchief?

In many cases, you'll be given a choice of fonts for the message you select. Some good general advice is that the longer the text you want on your personalised handkerchief, the simpler the font you choose should be. Although very fancy and elaborate fonts can look great for initials or a simple forename, they can be difficult to read for long phrases. Serif fonts usually look good in these cases, especially for handkerchiefs you'll be using in business situations, while more elaborate scripts are better suited to informal messages. It usually looks better if you stick to one font, even with a long text.