Elegant Solutions to Blowing Your Nose: Handkerchiefs

Allergy season is upon us. Here's how to tackle it with dignity.
Publish date:
June 8, 2011
shoppables, Father's Day, handkerchiefs

I grew up with a man who used handkerchiefs. My dad is from Poland, and he's sort of Old World European in that way. The other day I asked him if he still uses handkerchiefs and he scoffed "Well, of course!" as if there was any alternative, like, say, a popular American brand of disposable tissues called Kleenex.

Which is funny because my boyfriend and I have been having a stand-off on the subject. When he unloads his pockets at night, he leaves the contents on a bookshelf. And because those contents include balled-up Kleenex, I took issue with it. I even left him a friendly reminder.

It didn't work, as you can see. That's because the bastard found a loophole: they were CLEAN tissues. He always carries them around in his pocket, but if they're unused by the end of the day then he feels guilty just throwing them away.

Fair enough.

So I think I found an elegant, eco-friendly solution to this domestic dispute: the old-fashioned handkerchief. With Father's Day around the corner, you could monogram one for your dad or, if that's not really his thing, use it yourself to combat allergy season. I don't know about you, but the pollen count these days is KILLING me.

Men's Handkerchief, Bumblebee Linens, $17.99

Unsurprisingly, Etsy has a ton.

But do you think it's gross to essentially carry a snot rag around all day? Or practical? Brilliant? All of the above? Let me have it.