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Know When To Fold 'em: A Guide to the Pocket Square

Oct 09, 2014 - Calibre
09.10.2014

 

Ahh the pocket square! There are few items which can liven up an outfit with its effortless simplicity. We have the guide on where it came from, what to wear it with, and how to fold it into your sports coat pocket...

THE HISTORY


The humble handkerchief has been around since the ancient days, when men donned them on their heads to protect them from the sun. Whilst King Richard II of England is widely credited with the invention of the cloth handkerchief in the 14th century, it’s Marie Antoinette who we have to thank for the modern day pocket square, if legend is to be believed. It’s a pity that this couldn’t save either of them from being executed by guillotine (which is still a fair punishment for wearing a matching tie and pocket square, in my opinion).

The pocket square has wandered in and out of fashion over time, but in 2007, along came a game changer. Mad Men hit our TV screens. The impact? Hair got neater with precise partings. Suit lapels got skinnier, tie bars made a resurgence. And finally, the pocket square made a triumphant resergence, and we think it is here to stay.

THE RULES


The styles of Don Draper & Roger Sterling have been cemented into fashion folklore – but you’re a Calibre man. You want to express some creativity and flair – you know, going beyond the white cotton pocket square and experimenting with different colours, textures and folds. And luckily we’re here to help. Before we get to the folds, consider some of these golden rules:

 It’s an art, not a science – make sure it complements your shirt and tie, not match them.

  • They’re not to be sneezed at – “one for show and one to blow”, I’m sincerely hoping I don’t have to explain this one.
  • Don’t be the clown in town – if it looks like it might squirt water from your pocket, you’ve gone too far. Unless you actually are a sharply-dressed children’s entertainer, then kudos to you.

THE FOLDS


With that in mind, feast your eyes on five of our favourite folds!

One Point

 

Lay your pocket square flat on the table facing down. 

Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner.

Fold the left corner to just past the centre.

Repeat and fold the right corner in to the left of centre.

Place your pocket square into your jacket pocket.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Two Point

 

Lay your pocket square flat on the table facing down.

Fold the bottom corner up to top corner, but just to the left.

Fold the left side to just past the centre.

Fold the right side in towards the left.

Place your pocket square into your jacket pocket.

    

 

 

 

Four Point

Lay your pocket square flat on the table facing down.

Pinch the middle of the pocket square with your hand and pick it up.

As you pick up the pocket square tuck both the left and right sides in, as shown in the diagram.

This fold is a little trickier than the others, so don’t worry if it takes you a couple of times to get this right!

With your other hand gently gather the middle of the pocket square.

Now softly roll the top end of the pocket square down, like shown in the diagram.

Turn your pocket square upside down and place your pocket square into your jacket pocket.

 

Presidential Fold

Lay your pocket square flat on the table facing down.

Fold the left side over to the right side, so the pocket square is in half.

Fold the bottom up, just past the centre.

Place your pocket square into your jacket pocket.

Please note: depending on the width of your pocket, you may need to fold your pocket square again to fit it in perfectly.

 

 

 

 

Puff Fold

Lay your pocket square flat on the table facing down.

Pinch the middle of the pocket square with your hand and pick it up.

As you pick up the pocket square tuck both the left and right sides in, as shown in the diagram. 

With your other hand gently gather the middle of the pocket square.

Now softly roll the bottom end of the pocket square up, like shown in the diagram.

Stuff your pocket square into your jacket pocket. Take care that the corners of the pocket square are not on display.

  

Whichever way you choose (and these folds are merely a starting point), wear them with pride and don’t be afraid to experiment. For your inspiration, see our new season pocket squares...

 

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