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How to Fold your Pocket Square

Pocket squares add a splash of colour and a personal touch to men’s suits. The true fashion connoisseur will have a collection of pocket squares to match different outfits as well as different occasions and moods. There are three things to bear in mind when it comes to pocket squares:

Fabric: Pocket squares are made from silk or other lightweight fabrics and they need to be slightly bigger to avoid sinking inside the pocket.

Colour: A sold (single colour) tie can be paired with a pocket square in the same colour. If the tie is patterned, the pocket square should feature the secondary colours from your outfit’s palette.

Fold: There are so many options, depending on how much of your pocket square you actually want to show and how flamboyant you feel. To help you find the perfect option, we prepared a video showing classic folds that will get you through most occasions.

The 4 most stylish pocket square folds

1. Presidential fold (aka straight or flat):
A classic fold, usually preferred with white pocket squares and suitable for all occasions and especially dinner suits. When done well, it should only leave a narrow band showing above the pocket.

  1. Lay the pocket square flat with the patterned side down. Fold in half.
  2. Then fold in half again and continue folding in half until you end up with a square that has the same width as your pocket.
  3. You can either insert it in the pocket with the folded side up, which is the most common, or with the borders protruding from the pocket for a more modern look.

2. Puff:
If you own a really nice pocket square, and some are absolute works of art, you wouldn’t want to hide it inside your pocket. In comes the puff. It’s a very common fold but extravagant puffs may be a bit too much for job interviews and formal occasions.

  1. Lay the pocket square flat with the patterned side up. Pinch the centre and lift it up.
  2. Form a circle with the forefinger and thumb of your other hand and run the pocket square through that circle.
  3. Twist it
  4. Fold the bottom half towards the top.
  5. Now insert it in the pocket with the puff showing

3. Reverse puff:
This is very similar to the puff but you reverse it so that it’s the pocket square’s borders that stand out. It adds a touch of flair to the outfit and is the fold of choice for pocket squares that have particularly interesting borders.

  1. Lay it flat with the patterned side up. Pinch the centre and lift it up.
  2. Form a circle with the forefinger and thumb of your other hand and run the pocket square through that circle.
  3. Twist it
  4. Reverse your grip so that the puff is at the bottom and the borders are at the top and fold the bottom half (puff) towards the top (borders)
  5. Now insert it in the pocket making sure that it is the borders, not the puff, that protrude.

4. The 3 point fold:
This is a bit more elaborate than the previous three folds and might seem out of place in a casual outfit. It’s best suited to pocket squares with stylish borders and it’s an easy introduction to the world of pointed folds, e.g. 2 point, 4 point etc.

  1. Lay the pocket square flat, in a diamond shape and with the patterned side down.
  2. Fold the bottom half upwards, as if you are trying to form a triangle, but make sure the bottom corner falls slightly to the right of the top corner.
  3. Then, take the bottom right corner and fold it towards the top but make sure it lands slightly to the left of the top corner. This should give you your 3 points.
  4. Take the left bottom corner and fold it all the way around
  5. Adjust the bottom half of the pocket square so that it is roughly the same width as your pocket but make sure the 3 points stay intact
  6. Fold the bottom half towards the top
  7. Tuck in your pocket and adjust the 3 points so they look neat.

Practice makes perfect and, the more folds you learn to make, the more looks you’ll be able to create. In fact, check out our collection of men’s suits to see how we matched our designs to different pocket square patterns, colours and folds!