How To Fold A Pocket Square
Not alot of people know this, but the pocket square has been around for a very long time. they have been popular since the 1400’s, when the upper classes first adopted them as an accessory.
But while the vibe you’re going for may be effortless, the accessory does require some thought.
Here are a couple of different methods on how to fold each of them.
The Square Fold
Otherwise known as the presidential fold, this is the easiest to accomplish. To master the squared-off shape, simply fold your pocket square in half, then fold it back on itself in half again and then once more in half vertically, so you’re left with a small square to pop in your pocket.
It wasn’t dubbed the presidential fold for nothing. The sharp edge works with a professional, buttoned-up look, especially when using a white cloth. Bonus points for ironing the fold in place.
The One-Point Fold
For the most basic pointed pocket square look, fold the cloth in half, then in half again so that you have a compact square. Place the square in front of you like a diamond and fold the two outer corners slightly over the center to form a cone shape.
This versatile one-point fold will work well for business or casual events. Go for cotton or linen and don’t overthink it. It’s not boring, it’s classic.
The Two-Point Fold
To score double points with your style, fold your pocket square in half, corner to corner, but leave the two points slightly askew, one next to the other. Now fold one side inwards across two-thirds of the length. Do the same the other side, then fold the bottom behind on itself to leave the required height.
This versatile fold looks great with patterned or plain fabrics, and registers a point of difference without going full peacock. A nice way to stand out at a smarter office.
The Winged Puff Fold
This is an intricately folded triangle with a parting down the center to give it a point of difference. Start by folding the cloth in half by the corners to create a triangle. Take the two wider corners and fold them towards to the point, so you’re left with a diamond shape.
It’s not a show-off fold, but when people spot it, they’ll notice the effort that went in. Which makes it a subtle power play at the office.