Eight ways to fold your pocket square...

14 September 2018

Pocket squares are a great way to accessorise a man’s suit, as they can easily add colour and personality to your look adding an eye catching statement.

Many years ago, pocket squares were extremely popular and were what every man wearing a suit would include as a basic necessity to their outfit.

However, the popularity of the pocket square soon declined but in the last 10 years, they have quickly come back into fashion along with the retro trend.

The history of the pocket square goes as far back as Ancient Egyptian times, and were often carried by the working man to stay clean and dry.

Whereas the handkerchief was generally carried on the inside of the jacket pocket, the trend of the pocket square quickly caught on in which it was placed inside the front breast pocket.

The pocket square is a perfect compliment to a necktie, and can add sophistication and elegance to your ensemble.

There are many ways to style and fold a pocket square, and the different methods of doing so can range from easy to hard.

To give you a few ideas of how to fold your pocket square, Hemingway have put together a guide on how to do this and have included six different ways that are classified as easy, medium and hard. Read on to find out more…

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Easy - The Presidential Fold

This is considered one of the basic ways to fold a pocket square, and practically anyone can do this. It is good for elegant attire, and is usually done using a classic, white pocket square made from silk or linen.

1. Lay the pocket square down on a flat surface and fold in half from right to left

2. Fold in half from left to right but leave a slight gap at the right side

3. Fold in half from top to botton

4. Fold the bottom up and behind the front

Another similar method is the ‘Classic Fold’ and follows step 1 and 2 of the Presidential Fold, however do not leave a gap and fold the bottom part of the pocket square to the top. Fold in half again from left to right and finish by folding the bottom up and behind the front (step 4 of the Presidential Fold).

Easy - The Single Peak Fold

Another simple method, the Single Peak Fold uses a single corner of the fabric, so using a pocket square with contrasting edges will work well with this fold.

1. Lay the pocket square down on a flat surface in a diamond position

2. Fold in half from the left side corners across to the right side corners

3. Fold in half from the right and bottom corners to the top and left corners

4. Fold the top right corner into the centre

5. Fold the left corner to the right

6. Fold the bottom up and behind the front

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The Three Peaks Fold, also known as the Crown Fold, is good for formal occasions and is an easy way to show off a bit of personality with your look.

1. Lay the pocket square down on a flat surface in a diamond position

2. Fold the bottom corner to the top

3. Fold the right corner up and to the left of the first peak

4. Fold the left corner up and to the right of the two peaks that have now been made, forming a third peak

5. Fold the right edge in towards the centre, then do the same with the left edge

6. Fold the bottom up and behind the front

Medium - The Winged Peak Fold

Similar to the Single Peak Fold, this method has more depth and looks thicker in the pocket. Ideal for silk pocket squares, it accentuates the tonal values of the fabric.

1. Lay the pocket square down on a flat surface in a diamond position

2. Fold in half from the top to the bottom

3. Fold the right corner down to the bottom corner, and do the same with the left corner

4. Fold the right corner towards the centre, and do the same with the left corner

5. Fold the bottom up and behind the front

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One to try if you’re after something a little different, the Stairs Fold has tiered edges and involves a lot of folding. If you don’t get it first time, keep practicing and you’ll be a pro in no time.

1. Lay the pocket square down on a flat surface

2. Fold in half diagonal from the top right corner to the bottom left

3. Pinch the fabric about two inches below the first ‘stair’ and fold up to form the second stair, slightly below the first

4. Pinch the fabric again around two inches below the second stair and fold up to form the third stair, slightly below the second

5. Hold the steps in place and fold in half diagonally, placing the top left section behind the bottom right section 

6. Fold the right side behind and to the left, making sure you hold the stairs in place

7. Fold the right side behind and to the right

8. Fold the bottom up and behind the front

Hard - The Rose Fold

Exactly what it says in the title, the rose fold is ideal if you have a red or white silk pocket square. This method requires skill, a steady hand and a bit of practice, despite looking quite simple. 

1. Form a circle with your thumb and index finger

2. Place the fabric on top of the circle you just created, with the pocket square facing upwards

3. Using two fingers, push a small section of the fabric into the circle

4. Gently pinch the fabric within the circle from below

5. Twist the top fabric in a circular motion to overlap the rest of the material gradually

6. Continue to twist until there is no more loose untwisted fabric

7. Carefully hold the folds that are twisted while you remove your hand from underneath. Gently adjust the folds as required, making sure to not let the folds untwist

Written by your team of experts at Hemingway Tailors
Written by your team of experts at Hemingway Tailors
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