6 Cool Ways to Fold Your Pocket Square
The humble pocket square, the ultimate accessory for any dapper man, the perfect finishing touch to any formal outfit and the ideal accessory for showing off your personality.
A pocket square can take an outfit from good to great and add personality to your suit by the bucket load. Choose from a range of colours, patterns and finishes to find something that both complements your outfit and your personal style.
It isn’t just the design of your handkerchief that can express your personality but the way you fold it can say a lot about you too. We’ve all seen the classic triangular or ‘one-point fold’, but why not go one step further and try out something extra cool?
We’re going to share with you six unique ways of folding your pocket square to create a dapper look that is bound to make you stand out from the crowd.
For all these folds, you’ll need a standard pocket square in your choice of colour and design.
Three Point Fold
- Start with your pocket square lay out flat but angled to look like a diamond (a point at the top, bottom and either side)
- Fold the bottom point to meet the top point to create a triangle
- Starting from the bottom of the triangle, concertina the fabric 4 times (each fold being around 1cm in width) until you’re left with a long piece of fabric with a small triangle at the top
- With the folds facing you, take one side of the long fabric and fold it across so the point is now on the other side of the top point
- Fold the remaining side so the point is on the side of the two points
- Tuck into pocket and adjust three points to fit
Four Point Fold
- Start with your pocket square flat, angled like a diamond
- Fold the bottom half of the diamond shape over the top half, leaving the fold slightly off centre so the two points can both be seen
- Fold one of the points from the side across the centre of the triangle so the point is now next to the other two points
- Take the remaining side, fold it across the rest of the material so the point is next to the other three
- To reduce the width, fold excess fabric from the sides of the diamond shape inwards and then fold the bottom point upwards
- Place in pocket and adjust
The Winged Puff Fold
- Start with the pocket square laid flat, angled like a diamond
- Fold the top half of the diamond shape downwards so the top point meets the bottom point
- Fold one of the points from the side to meet the points at the bottom
- Do the same with the remaining point, you should now have a smaller diamond with a vertical opening down the centre
- Fold the bottom point to the centre of the diamond
- Fold both side points to meet the point at the centre without overlapping them
- Place in chest pocket with the folds facing outwards so the vertical opening can be seen
The Scallop Fold
- Start with your pocket square laid out flat, angled straight to look like a square (flat edge at the top and bottom, all four points at the corners)
- Take the bottom left corner and fold it across the square to meet the top right corner, creating a triangle
- Take the bottom point of the now triangle shape, and fold it to meet the top point (was the top, left corner of your square)
- You should now have a small triangle, turn so the point is at the bottom, fold the right-hand corner across the triangle so the point meets the centre of the opposite edge
- Fold the left point across the shape so the point meets the bottom corner of the fold on the opposite edge
- Place the shape into your chest pocket with the folds facing the outwards so the scallop shape can be seen.
The Puff Fold
- Lay the pocket square flat on a surface
- Pick the middle of the square up by pinching the centre of the square
- Create a ring around the top of the pocket square with your fingers and pull the pocket square through your fingers to ensure all points are at the bottom
- Fold the points at the bottom upwards to reduce the height
- Tuck the shape into the check pocket with the puff at the top
- Move and stretch the fabric to fit your pocket perfectly.
The Rose Fold
- Lay the pocket square flat, angled like a diamond
- Fold all 4 points into the centre so they meet but don’t overlap
- Pinch all 4 corners together as well as the centre fabric below the points
- Use your other hand to pull together the body of the fabric and create a rose shape
- Turn the pocket square so that the rose shape is at the top
- Place the shape into your chest pocket with the rose at the top
- Move the shape to fit your pocket perfectly.
So there you have it, our 6 favourite ways to fold your pocket square that is guaranteed to help you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
If you try out any of these cool folds with one of your pocket squares from Slaters, we’d love to see you sporting the look. Send us a snap of your quirky pocket square and share it with us on Twitter or Instagram.