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How to fold a pocket square

Dec 20, 2019 Stories

How to fold a pocket square

A pocket square is placed visibly in the outer breast pocket of the jacket. It is the perfect accessory to add that special touch to your outfit – whether it’s a dinner jacket, office wear or a more casual look combined with jeans.

Which is the right pocket square?

Pocket squares are available nowadays in countless colours, materials and sizes. Embroidered monograms or artistic decorative hems give the pocket square an even more individual touch. There are no limits to your choice. But you won’t go wrong with a classic white linen square or a more elegant coloured silk one. Otherwise, the choice depends on the occasion.

 

Wedding
The colour should match the wedding’s colour theme or your companion’s clothing. Otherwise, a silk square with a golden or silver sheen – often with a floral or paisley pattern – is suitable for such occasions.

Dinner and evening wear
Colourful, patterned and strongly contrasting linen or silk squares are best suited to an elegant evening.

Business look
For business occasions, pocket squares with subtler colours and simpler patterns are appropriate. It is entirely a question of personal taste as to whether you choose linen or silk.

How to fold a pocket square

The folding techniques described here use a silk pocket square measuring 44cm x 44cm. However, smaller squares can also be used. In this case, the initial steps, in which the square is folded to a smaller size, are not necessary. Squares made of linen or other fabrics are also suitable to be folded as follows.

The square fold

The square fold is also known as the Presidential fold. It is simple, classic, conservative and suits every outfit. A plain linen or silk square is best suited to timeless business looks. But a dinner jacket is also given a subtle touch with this fold.

  1. Fold the square down the middle.
  2. Fold the square down the middle again.
  3. Fold both sides together so that the edges touch in the centre.
  4. Fold the lower piece upwards so that a third is visible.
  5. Put the square into the breast pocket with the open side facing upwards and smooth out the protruding section.
The one-point pocket square

Those who like to look a little more festive for a dinner or a visit to the opera should consider the one-point fold. This creates a special look when using striped silk squares. Above all, make sure that the folded square is in line with the width of the breast pocket so that it does not slip down. This fold is also known as the one-corner-up-fold.

  1. Fold the square down the middle.
  2. Fold it down the middle again.
  3. Place the opposite corners on top of each other to form a triangle.
  4. Now fold the left and right corners towards the centre.
  5. Put the pocket square into the breast pocket and arrange the protruding section into shape.
The two-point fold

This fold complements more casual outfits well and gives your look more personality. Thanks to the double fold, the square sits more firmly in the breast pocket and looks more interesting than the classic version. It is also known as double triangle fold or two-corners-up fold.

  1. Fold the square down the middle.
  2. Fold the square down the middle again.
  3. Place one corner over the opposite one to create a small extra point.
  4. Now fold the left and right corners towards the centre.
  5. Put the pocket square in the breast pocket and arrange the protruding section into shape.
The three point fold

The three point fold is particularly suitable for elegant evening wear. It is a very formal folding technique being a little more complex than the others. A light-coloured square goes particularly well with a dark suit on festive occasions. Another name for this technique is the three-corners-up fold.

  1. Fold the square down the middle.
  2. Fold the square down the middle again.
  3. Place one corner over the opposite one to create a small extra point.
  4. Fold the left corner diagonally upwards in order to form three points.
  5. Now fold the right corner towards the centre.
  6. Put the square into the breast pocket so that only the three points are showing.
Puff pocket square

This casual fold looks nonchalant, even if it is not necessarily the easiest to create. It radiates a touch of easy elegance and is therefore especially popular with style-conscious men. The technique works best with patterned or striped linen and silk squares. This folding technique became popular through the influence of Fred Astaire, who wore a puff fold square with tails as a matter of course.

  1. Lay the square flat.
  2. Puff up the square and place it in the breast pocket with the edge facing down, then arrange it into shape.

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