Pocket Squares

Posted September 19th, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comment (1).

The pocket square accessorizes every blazer, suit, tux, and is a great way to add colour and pazaz to your outfit.  To learn what fold best suits your attire and how to properly fold one, follow these simple steps below.

“Poof” Fold

Due to the lack of symmetry and added voluminous look, this type of fold best suits more casual attire.  For business attire or blazer jackets, this fold is your best choice.  For best results use a soft-silken handkerchief.  Also, patterned handkerchiefs are best folded this way as well.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface.
  2. Pinch the center with two fingers and pick the handkerchief up.
  3. Slide the handkerchief through the palm of your other hand.
  4. Turn the handkerchief around.
  5. Stuff it in your breast pocket and style to your preference.

Presidential Fold

Also known as the “classic fold”, this look works best with more elegant or formal attire such as black or white tie events.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the handkerchief in half and create an edge at the fold with the palm of your hand.
  3. Then fold one side in – just enough so that only ¼ – ½ of an inch will show once you tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket
  4. Tug the handkerchief in the breast pocket and straighten the top to remove and wrinkles or unwanted folds.

One Corner Fold

For a simple and elegant look, you can fold your handkerchief with a one corner fold.  This is best suited for formal or business attire.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface
  2. Fold it in half to create a triangle.
  3. Fold one corner in and create a strong fold with the palm of your hand.
  4. Now repeat this on the opposite side.
  5. Tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket and style to your liking

Two Corner Fold

You may use this fold for any type of formality, however it is a little less formal than the one-corner fold.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the handkerchief in half so that it looks like two overlapping triangles
  3. Fold one side in.
  4. Repeat step #3 with the opposite side
  5. Tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket and give it some final styling.

Three Corner Fold

This fold gives a sophisticated look to your outfit and is also known as the “crown fold”.

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface
  2. Fold the handkerchief in half across the center so that it looks like two overlapping triangles.
  3. To create the 3rd corner fold one side up next two the two tips.
  4. Fold the opposite side over to create flat base.
  5. Tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket and style to your preference.

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