Much like James Bond and martinis, pocket squares and suits are a timeless combination. They can easily add subtle style and class to your look while showcasing your unique personality. Learn the quickest and easiest ways on how to fold a pocket square without needing to be an origami master with Calibre.
The Presidential, otherwise known as the ‘classic’ or ‘square’ fold is the simplest way to fold a pocket square. Its conservative appearance is best suited to dignified occasions such as business appointments, dinner parties and meeting your partner’s parents for the first time.
How to Wear the Presidential Fold
Ideally, you will want a thin strip of the top of the pocket square to show—roughly ½ to 1 centimetre out of the pocket.
How to Fold the Single Peak Pocket Square
STEP 1: Begin with the pocket square face down on the pattern you want to show in the square position.
STEP 2: Fold in half from right to left.
STEP 3: Fold in half again but this time from left to right, leaving a slight gap on the right side.
STEP 4: Fold in half from top to bottom.
STEP 5: Fold a small strip on the bottom up and behind the front. Adjust to fit the size of your jacket pocket.
The Single Peak
The Single Peak fold will be your go-to pocket square fold for most occasions, including weddings, parties and big nights out on the town. Its style is slightly more flamboyant than the Presidential fold while allowing more of the pattern to be on show.
How to Wear the Single Peak Fold
Make sure the bottom of the big peak of your pocket square lines up with the top of your pocket. When done correctly, it should just appear that the big peak is sticking out and you cannot see the below folded section in the pocket.
How to Fold the Single Peak Pocket Square
STEP 1: Begin with the pocket square face down on the primary pattern you want to show in the diamond position.
STEP 2: Fold in half from the left and bottom to the top and right corners.
STEP 3: Fold in half again from the right and bottom corners to the top and left corners.
STEP 4: Fold the top right corner into the centre.
STEP 5: Mirror this by folding the left corner to the right.
STEP 6: Finish by folding a small section of the bottom up and behind the front. Adjust to fit the size of your jacket pocket.
Although appearing to be highly sophisticated, The Stairs fold is fairly straightforward and easy to master. Its dramatic yet fun design will make you the envy of other pocket square wearers. This fold is perfect for when you want to make a style statement at the races, weddings or epic after parties.
How to Wear the Stairs Fold
Like the Peak fold, make sure the bottom of the stairs lines up with the top of your pocket, so the bottom section remains hidden.
How to Fold the Stairs Pocket Square
STEP 1: Begin with the pocket square face down on the primary pattern you want to show in the square position.
STEP 2: Fold in half diagonally from the top right to the bottom left. This will form the first step of the stairs.
STEP 3: Pinch the fabric 5cm below the first stair. Fold it up to form the second stair, just below the first.
STEP 4: Again, pinch the fabric 5cm below the second stair. Fold it up to form the third stair, just below the second stair.
STEP 5: Holding all the steps in place, carefully fold it in half diagonally, placing the top left portion behind the bottom right portion.
STEP 6: Fold the right side behind and to the right while holding the stairs in place.
STEP 7: Fold the left side behind and to the right.
STEP 8: Fold the bottom up and behind the front. Adjust to fit the size of your jacket pocket.
Perfectly suited for those extra-special romantic occasions, whether it be an anniversary dinner or trying to woo that person, the Rose fold is the ideal substitute to having an actual rose pinned to your blazer for the whole event.
How to Wear the Rose Fold
Unlike other pocket square folds, play with the amount of rose you want to show. For more subtle occasions you may only want to show a little, while other events you may want more of the pocket square on display.
How to Fold the Rose Pocket Square
STEP 1: Form a circle with your thumb and index finger.
STEP 2: Place the fabric on top of the circle you created in the first step, with the primary pattern you want to show on the pocket square facing upwards.
STEP 3: With two fingers, push some fabric through the circle.
STEP 4: Gently pinch the fabric within the circle from below.
STEP 5: Twist the top fabric in a circular motion to overlap gradually.
STEP 6: Continue to twist until there is no more loose untwisted fabric.
STEP 7: Carefully hold the twisted folds while you remove your hand underneath. Gently adjust the folds as needed, making sure not to let it untwist as you do it. If you are not happy with the outcome, simply start over and try again as every attempt will make a slightly different rose.
Tips and Tricks on Styling a Pocket Square
- Never match your tie's primary colour directly with your pocket square’s primary colour. Instead, match your tie’s secondary colour or another subtle colour or pattern from your shirt, belt or blazer.
- Silk pocket squares can handle more complicated folds compared to cotton or other fabrics.
- If you are stuck for ideas, a white pocket square using The Presidential fold complements almost every suit.
- For flamboyant events such as the races, try freestyling it and fluffing it into your pocket for a unique look.
- Play with different prints such as florals and graphic geometric designs. A pocket square adds a personal touch to your tailoring and is a great way to add some colour and interest to your outfit.
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Yours in Style,