How to Fold a Pocket Square

On the topic of accessories, there’s also the pocket square. Like the dimple, when done it right it will appear an effortless touch added by a well-dressed man. I promise you this, however, the pocket square takes work. Like your tie bar, it’s a classic, frankly timeless detail that is making a big comeback. Yes, you can rip out of stitching in your jacket’s breast pocket and throw in this little accessory with high style reward.

Your pocket square improves your look by adding versatility, visual interest, even depth to look at, and it’s a powerful means of personal expression. There are plenty of folds – some simple, some not so much – but how to wear that square depends in part on your taste and the formality of where you’re heading.

Remember – practice. Some time invested up front can ensure you wear it any way you want it with ease and some appropriate flair.

My top three folds?

Your classic fold is the simplest, easiest fold in the bunch. This is perfect for a casual situation – a low-key drink with friends or a fist date. It’s a great way to show off solid pocket squares with colored borders.

How you do it?

Start with the pocket square laying flat, fold one side over the other lengthwise, and then fold the bottom up to meet the top. Last step, fold lengthwise again to match the width of your breast pocket and tuck it in.

Stepping up your game? Go with the puff fold. For me, it’s a go-to. It packs a ton of visual punch but it’s fairly simple. You can play a bit with this one once you’ve tucked it in to get it just right – blouse it out, stretch it to fit your pocket, whatever you think looks good probably does. This is a versatile fold; it looks great everywhere and anywhere.

How you do it?

Start with the pocket square laying flat and pinch the center. Pick it up from the center, then form a ring around the square with the thumb and index finger over your hand and it slide it down to the bottom. Fold the point edges over and tuck in.

Turn the puff fold upside down, and you’ve got a crown fold. This one you need to make sure doesn’t look too perfect – you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a pre-folded square. The beauty here is, like a snowflake, no two crown folds are the same. Subtle variations are what make this fold interesting – it’s an eye-catching choice perfect for just about any social situation.

How you do it?

With the pocket square laying flat on a table, pinch the center (just like the puff). Pick it up from the center, form a ring around the square with your thumb and index finger on your other hand and slide it down to the bottom. Fold the rounded portion over and tuck in. Remember – don’t show your tags – carefully remove it from your point before wearing.