HOW TO: FOLD A POCKET SQUARE
Thursday, 9 May 2019
There’s a reason we love pocket squares. What other accessory can deliver sartorial style in five seconds flat?
Often an overlooked style tool, a pocket square adds punch and finesse, and is an easy way to add newness to your wardrobe.
Not only for black tie and special occasions, you can rock a pocket square with your everyday suit or smart casual blazer/chino combo.
Simply put, it’s indispensably handsome.
The rule of thumb is that your pocket square should complement your shirt and tie (if you’re wearing one) but not necessarily match exactly.
You can never have too many options with this small yet powerful accessory so play with different colours and patterns when building your pocket square arsenal.
DOWN TO BUSINESS: THE FOLDS
We’re all for nonchalantly stuffing a pocket square in your top pocket but most situations call for something with a little more polish. These four basic folds will have you covered for work, weddings and everything in between.
THE CASUAL FOLD
Think of the casual fold as the easy way to look effortless. A simple puff fold will keep your look laid-back without being sloppy.
Place the pocket square on a flat surface.
Pick up the pocket square by pinching it in the centre.
Slide through your other hand as shown.
Flip the pocket square upside down.
Place the pocket square in your breast pocket. Don't over-think this fold. It should look casual and a bit uneven.
THE TRIANGLE FOLD
A sophisticated, stylish all-rounder that’s easy to master. Opt for the Triangle Fold when in doubt.
Fold in half diagonally to form a triangle.
Fold the left hand corner of the triangle into the middle.
Now fold the right hand corner of the triangle into the middle.
Pop it in your breast pocket. Impeccable.
THE SQUARE FOLD
The Square Fold is your discreet option. For when you want a subtle contrast or added interest to your look.
Fold your pocket square in half to create a rectangle.
Fold down 1/3 of the rectangle from the top.
Place it in the breast pocket. Too easy.
THE DOUBLE PEAK FOLD
This two-point fold is seriously sharp. It’s tricky to execute but it’s an instant upgrade that shows you’re no amateur.
Fold the pocket square in half to create an uneven triangle. It’s supposed to look a bit messy.
Fold one third of the triangle across the centre.
Now fold the other third into the centre to create two peaks.
Tuck into your breast pocket. You’re looking sharp.
If you’re rocking a charcoal suit with a tie? Silk is king. Pick a pocket square crafted from silk. It gives that luxe shine and red carpet swagger to any tailored occasion.