As people become more eco-conscious with their everyday products, one item that is making a comeback is the handkerchief. Not just for your grandfathers anymore, the handkerchief is a versatile and useful accessory that earns its space in your pocket.
Typically made with 100% cotton, handkerchiefs provide an eco-friendly alternative to disposable tissues, providing a convenient and absorbent reusable piece of cloth to catch coughs, wipe sweaty brows, dry wet eyes and dab runny noses. Handkerchiefs are helpful to have on hand when drying off a wet bicycle seat after a rainstorm, cleaning the lenses on glasses, gripping and opening tight bottles, and using as a napkin when eating at home or on the go. Sold in multi-packs, users can take a fresh handkerchief with them on their daily commute and provide a guard between their skin and public handles.
The handkerchiefs included on our list are mostly plain and can easily be monogrammed, making them a great gift for a wedding, graduation or anniversary. For more on our top picks, check out our four favorite sets of handkerchiefs below.
1. Van Heusen 13 Pack Men's Fine Handkerchiefs
Have a fresh handkerchief on hand every day with the Van Heusen 13 Pack Men’s Fine Handkerchiefs. The large pack of 100% woven handkerchiefs are a versatile accessory for users thanks to their large 16 inch by 16 inch size, making them ideal for everything from catching coughs to providing a dry seat outdoors after a rainstorm. The handkerchiefs have a smooth feel thanks to their combed-cotton finish and don’t give off friction, making them gentle on runny noses. Van Heusen also offers handkerchiefs that are made with eco-friendly bamboo.
Pros: The Van Heusen handkerchiefs become progressively softer with each wash.
Cons: The Van Heusen are machine wash safe, but the company recommends dry cleaning or hand washing the handkerchiefs to extend their life. The handkerchiefs will shrink if placed in a dryer and wrinkle easily.
2. Dockers Men's Cotton Handkerchiefs
For a twist on an old classic, try the Dockers Men’s Cotton Handkerchiefs. Dockers makes all white handkerchiefs, but we like the company’s blue, grey and white set that gives a slight twist to the traditional design. Available in all-grey and grey and plaid, the Docker’s handkerchiefs are 100$ cotton and safe for machine wash. Measuring 16 inches by 16 inches, the Docker’s handkerchiefs are durable and soften with each wash.
Pros: The six-piece set comes with three color options, making it easy to distinguish between handkerchiefs.
Cons: The Docker’s handkerchiefs easily wrinkle and shrink after their initial wash.
3. GB Men's Handkerchiefs
Need a handkerchief that is big enough to handle a runny nose, cough, sweaty brow and more? Try the GB Men’s Handkerchiefs. The traditional style handkerchief is made from 100% combed cotton for a soft finish. The material is hypoallergenic and thicker and heavier than competitors. Each handkerchief in the 12-piece set has a soft line of seams along the edge for a more finished look. Safe for the washing machine, the GB handkerchiefs look best when hung to dry.
Pros: At 17 inches by 17 inches, the GB handkerchiefs are the largest on our list and can be used as napkins.
Cons: The GB handkerchief’s large size means some customers may find them uncomfortable to carry in their pockets. They also require ironing to eliminate wrinkles after each wash.
4. Selected Hanky 100% Cotton Men's Handkerchiefs
If you want to stand out from the crowd because you’re using a fashion-forward hanky and not because you’re covered in sweat, try the Selected Hanky 100% Cotton Men’s Handkerchiefs. Selected Hanky uses 100% organic cotton that is naturally soft and moisture-wicking, making it a versatile handkerchief that can wipe everything from brows to wet seats. The set of six handkerchiefs feature a colorful selection of plaid designs that are a fun twist on traditional white handkerchiefs, making them a great alternative to traditional silk pocket squares.
Pros: Selected Hanky offers other plaid color combinations in addition to what is shown in this set.
Cons: Selected Hanky notes that their handkerchiefs will shrink after the first wash. The handkerchiefs measure 14.5 inches by 15 inches and aren’t a perfect square.