There are multiple ways, in which to wear a pocket square, ranging from a basic puff – to the intricate detailing of a four-point-fold. Knowing how to fold your pocket square is essential for any stylish man.
Traditionally, the pocket square (or handkerchief) was worn to wipe a sweaty brow, or dry the tears of a damsel in distress. It also served to highlight the social-economic class of its wearer, depending on the quality of the materials used in its construction. Today, the pocket square has gained rapid style momentum, and as a result, has been embraced by a new wave of snappy dressers, all in awe of its decorative appeal.
How to fold a pocket square:
1.) The Classic edge (also referred to, as the T.V fold)
The classic edge is one of the simplest ways to display a pocket square. Firstly, fold your square into thirds, then half. The clean edge should be placed inside the pocket, facing upwards. This method showcases a perfect, neat slice of your pocket square. This style is very understated, yet beautiful in its simplicity.
2.) The visible hemline
This style is fairly similar to the classic edge, however it differs due to its visible hemline, creating a rough, unpolished aesthetic. The visible stitching, makes for an interesting contrast against both the pattern of the pocket square, and the suit itself. Some people believe this style to be an edgier, less formulaic approach to the before mentioned – classic edge.
3.) The Sydney Opera House (also referred to, as the four-point-fold)
Firstly, start by folding the square into a triangle, repeat this action again, and then once more. Place your pocket square upright, with all the points sitting neatly in a row. The intricacy of this style is incredibly alluring, and serves to be as stylish, as it is quirky. If you wish to stand out from the crowd, this style is perfect for you. Other variations of this style include – one, two and three-point folding techniques.
4.) The standard puff
This style is very easy to achieve, start by gathering the square from its centre, then place it in your pocket, puff side up. This design creates an instant hit of volume, and drama.
5.) The inverted puff
This design takes nuances from the standard puff design, only, instead of displaying your pocket square with the puff detail facing upwards, reverse the process – leaving the edges messy, and unconventional. This style creates a design which is structural, yet effortless.
6.) The derrière square
This design detail is for the back pocket of your trousers, which grants easy access to your handkerchief, in the event of a spillage. It’s also the perfect way to accentuate your ample buttocks.
For a varied selection of pocket squares, check out - Topman, Aspinal of London, Tie-rack, MR PORTER and ASOS.