Two ways to fold a pocket square - The Inside Pocket

 

Master the art of the fold.

TWO WAYS TO FOLD A POCKET SQUARE

MASTER THE ART OF THE FOLD

Tucking a folded square into your top pocket is one of the easiest ways to take your look from so-so to sharp.

It may be a small detail, but this small accessory had grand beginnings in China during the Chou dynasty. It’s since been used as everything from a way to flaunt social class to something to stop people wiping their nose on their sleeves in Richard II’s day. We have tissues for that sort of thing now so your pocket square is – thankfully – just a stylish touch to round off a tailored look.

Here are two ways you can fold yours.

HOW TO FOLD A STRAIGHT FOLD
  1. Lay the square on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the square in half.
  3. Then fold it into thirds.
  4. Tuck into your pocket with about 1cm of the folded edge showing at the top.

HOW TO FOLD A PUFF FOLD
  1. Lay the square on a flat surface.
  2. Pinch the square in the middle.
  3. Then twist about half way down.
  4. Tuck into your pocket.

SOME FINAL POINTERS
Fabric

Choosing the right material is important but not crucial – it all depends on what look you’re going for. Cotton squares are the most popular and generally have the most contemporary designs. Linen squares add great texture and look great in the warmer months. Silk squares look sophisticated when puff-folded into your breast pocket.

Colour

There are no hard and fast rules for which colours to use, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the traditionalists among us prefer a white pocket square for business suits. Blue and pastel colours will do the job just as well, though. Best to save your bright patterns for evenings or a special occasion. Your pocket square should contrast with your tie rather than match it as well as complement the colour of your shirt. If you’re feeling brave, go for a pattern clash.

SHOP POCKET SQUARES