A folded pocket square has long been a staple in the wardrobes of those who enjoy dressing more formally, but many people struggle with mastering the technique of folding one properly.
Pocket squares are a versatile fashion accessory seen everywhere, from business settings and school teachers to red-carpet looks and wedding attire. They have the power to elevate a suit from “meh” to outstanding, making them an essential element for anyone aiming to look their best. However, without the proper folding technique, this seemingly small detail can ruin an entire outfit.
To achieve a polished and stylish look, it is crucial to learn how to fold a pocket square correctly. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it may seem, and with a bit of practice, you can easily master the art of folding a pocket square. By exploring popular pocket square folds and learning the techniques behind them, you can effortlessly add a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe.
Let’s take a closer look at popular pocket square folds and how to do them.
The classic fold is suitable for all occasions but slightly less formal than the presidential one. Wear it with a modern suit but not a tuxedo.
A solid color square is ideal for this type of fold.
This is unnecessary to ensure the edges are fully lined up for this fold. Indeed, the asymmetry lends more interest and creates a more casual vibe.
The presidential pocket square (also known as the square fold) is one of the most straightforward pocket square folds to do, but it oozes class and elegance. This fold suits very formal occasions, looks fantastic in a tuxedo breast pocket, and works best with a solid color pocket square.
The puff pocket square fold works well for formal and casual occasions and is highly versatile since it looks great with a patterned pocket square and solid-color fabric.
For the ultimate in style, choose a silk pocket square for this fold, as the puffed nature of the fabric will bring out the color depths and tones to perfection.
Why not try the reverse puff for a unique twist on this fold? Follow steps 1-3 above, then do the following:
This is a more advanced fold since it involves using two squares. But if you can pull it off, it’s a highly creative yet sophisticated way to wear a pocket square. Try this fold with solid colors, or use a solid color paired with a pattern for extra creativity.
The scallop fold is versatile as it can be used with printed or plain-colored pocket squares. This style is simple but is more playful than the classic fold.
The rose pocket square fold takes some practice to master, but the results are worth it, as this is a truly stunning look. Use rich-colored silk to get the best out of this fold. If you have roses as part of your wedding decor, then this will complement your theme to perfection.
The four-point pocket square fold (also known as the crown fold) is a popular yet classic look that adds a touch of pizzazz to an otherwise flat pocket square. It’s suitable for formal and casual suits and looks extra stylish if you choose a pocket square with different colored sides.
The presidential or square fold is undoubtedly the most popular pocket square fold. It looks effortlessly elegant with all suits, including tuxedos, wedding attire, and business suits. This fold works particularly well with a linen pocket square, as the fabric offers a crisp finish.
Just like the suit itself, the pocket square is timeless. And while colors, patterns, and pocket square fabric may come and go out of fashion, the pocket square will always remain an essential accessory for completing your formal look.
You can wear a pocket square without a tie if you want a more laid-back vibe, such as pairing your pocket square with a blazer. However, for formal occasions, wearing a tie or a bow tie with your suit and pocket square is customary.
A pocket square says that you pay attention to detail when dressing well. It shows you have put thought into your outfit and conveys a sophisticated elegance with a dash of personality.
There is never an inappropriate time to wear a pocket square. This small piece of pocket square fabric completes a suit and always looks stylish. However, while wearing a pocket square is always okay, you must match its color and pattern to the suit and the occasion.
Pocket squares, such as the winged puff pocket square, add the final flourish to your wedding attire and should not be forgotten. We’ve only scratched the surface of available folds; there are over 30 options. Have fun discovering new ways to fold your pocket square diagonally or in other creative styles. It’s your chance to add a creative flair to your look. Sunica Du, designer and illustrator, wants to remind you that, “the pocket square is your tie’s companion and not their identical twin.” So get ready to make a statement!
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