There was a time however when handkerchiefs were a very handy item indeed which had multiple uses such as a flirtation device for amorous ladies, to transport and store food, to protect the ears and neck from the cold, and as a substitute for a bandage or sling to name a few.
They have also become synonymous with the British seaside stereotype of makeshift knotted sun hats - made famous by Monty Python's Grumbys [pictured].
Thought to have been the invention of King Richard II of England (1377-1399), they were once a personal hygiene essential - but have now been overshadowed by the more hygienic disposable hanky. Hygienic or not, there's no denying that they're a more environmentally friendly choice as they can be washed and reused.
Although not the essential accessory they once were - nothing looks smarter than the tip of a clean, cotton handkerchief peeping out from a breast pocket of a suit jacket.
And although Michael Palin may be able to rock the knotted hanky look - we recommend a Cotton Sun Hat to keep you looking and feeling cool when the heat is on!