How to fold a Pocket Square

Wearing a pocket square adds an elegant touch to your formal attire, and is an accessory every man should have in his wardrobe. Pocket squares are not only well suited for black tie events but also match with a more casual look. The white pocket square is the most formal and is typically worn for black tie events in combination with a tix and a black bow tie. More casual are pocket square with more color and patterns. Often times the color and the pattern of the pocket square is matched to the necktie. Although this is done quite often, it is not a must. Many fashion experst wear a different pattern and color pocket square from the neckwear. If done right, it looks quite sophisticated.

Pocket square folding instructions: One corner up

Folding a pocket square one corner up

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface and straighten it out with the palm of your hand.
  2. Fold the pocket square along the center to create a triangular shape.
  3. Then, fold in one side of the pocket square.
  4. Do the same for the opposite side. Finished! It is this easy!

Another popular way to fold a pocket square is the “two corners up” fold. This folding technique is better suited for thinner materials such as silk pocket squares. The second tip gives the pocket square more hold and it is less likely to slide around in your breast pocket.

Instructions on folding a pocket square: Two corners up

Folding a pocket square two corner up

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the pocket square near the center so that it looks like two overlapping triangles (2 corners have show at the tip)
  3. Then, fold in one of the sides.
  4. Do the same for the opposite side.

If you want a slightly more challenging pocket square fold, then the three corner up fold might be right for you. The three tips showing out of the breast pocket look a little bit like a crown. Some people refer to this type of fold also as “crown fold”. To learn how to fold your pocket squares with three corners showing, follow the instructions below.

Instructions on how to fold a pocket square: Three corners up

Folding a pocket square three corner up

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the pocket square near the middle as if you place two triangles on top of one another. Make sure that two corners are showing at the tip. This is quite similar to the “two corners up” fold. The only difference is that the corners should be a little closer together – we still need to leave room for the third corner.
  3. To make the third and final corner, take one of the sides and fold it up and across.
  4. Finally, take the other side and fold it over so that it creates a flat surface on the bottom. Slide the pocket square into your breast pocket and straighten out the corners.

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