How he folds it

There are many ways to fold a pocket square, and if you’re a creative sort, you may even invent your own version of traditional styles.  Do remember, of course, to adapt your fold to the occasion – perhaps you may need to be more reserved at certain events, and more eye-catching at others.

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  1. A pocket square adds nice color and more live to suit, shirt, and tie.
  2. The pocket square is a perfect complement to your necktie.
  3. A pocket square instantly adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to your ensemble.
  4. Using a pocket square allows you to "dress up" or "dress down" an outfit.
  5. Best "bang for buck" accessory! - The pocket square earns you lots of style points for little money.
  6. Expand your wardrobe - Wearing a pocket square gives the same suit a different look each day.
  7. Last but not least, a pocket square allows you to add more personal style to an otherwise uniform looking outfit.

 

No. 1: The THREE-POINT PEAK

A somewhat prickly, white-knuckled fold. Ideal for cotton or linen pocket squares.

Instructions:
1. Fold the square in half, diagonally. Iron the fold, if you like. 2. Fold the resulting triangle twice, as shown. Each point should be equally offset from one another. Iron the folds, if you like. 3. Fold up the excess material. Do not iron—fullness keeps it secure in pocket. 4. Place into pocket and adjust.

No. 2: The CAGNEY

A prickly fold, related to the four-point. Mainly for linen and cotton squares, due to the intended crispness.

Instructions:

1. Fold the square in half, diagonally, offsetting the points slightly. Iron like mad. 2. Fold both corners up and over the first two points. Iron like mad. 3. Fold the sides in, and the bottom up and behind, as shown here. Iron like mad. 4. Flip around, place into pocket and adjust. Stop ironing.

No. 3: The ONE-POINT FOLD

A simple fold. Suitable for silk, linen and cotton pocket squares.

Instructions:
1. Fold the square down to a quarter of its size. Be sure the folded corner is facing up. 2. Fold the square in half, diagonally. 3. Fold the two side corners inward. 4. Place into pocket and adjust.

No. 4: The TWO-POINT FOLD

A classic fold. Suitable for silk, linen and cotton pocket squares.

Instructions:
1. Fold the square down to a quarter of its size. When doing the second fold, skew the square as shown, so that two points are showing. Be sure that the two points consist of the first fold, rather than the open ends. 2. Fold the sides and bottom corners behind the first two points. 3. Place into pocket and adjust.

No. 5: The FOUR-POINT FOLD

Similar to the Cagney, but loose. Suitable for silk, linen and cotton pocket squares.

Instructions:
1. Fold the square in half, diagonally, offsetting the points slightly. 2. Fold both corners up and over the first two points. 3. Fold the bottom up and behind. 4. Place into pocket and adjust.

No. 6: The PUFF

A nonchalant, billowy fold, casually executed. Ideal for silk pocket squares.

Instructions:
1. Hold the unfolded square by its center, with all four points draping down. 2. Gather and fold the square at its midpoint, forming a kind of loose “puff” at the top. 3. Fold the loose points behind the puff. 4. Place into pocket, and adjust puff for fullness.