did you know that there are over 12 ways to fold a 16x16 inch piece of silk, to be worn in the breast pocket of a jacket for a debonair touch - though few modern men, and fewer women, dare. in old movies, men pulled them out to offer weeping women who probably had their own stashed in their purse (along with a smoking gun). it would require very extreme circumstances for me to accept a proffered handkerchief (in the unlikely event that one was presented), nor would i sacrifice one of my silk squares for anything more than decoration. in fact, mine came with a warning that rain might damage the pattern. yet the origin is one of utility; a pocket square is a glamorous handkerchief, which is, or was, an ecologically responsible tissue.
fancy restaurants offer stools for women's fancy bags (bags surely are a workhorse accessory, even if it's a show pony), but it may just be a matter of time before a bench is needed for the stool (hyperbole of course, but you see my point).
watches, sunglasses, trench coats and hats are items high on style and practicality.
what items of fashion work for you?