The Manual Guide: How to Fold a Pocket Square

Pocket-square

It might not seem like a complicated endeavor, but if you’ve never done it before, folding a pocket square can be quite an ordeal. If done incorrectly, your pocket puffs out and makes you look like a buffoon, but if you nail it, a well-folded pocket square can put the finishing touch on your suit and round out your entire ensemble. In the following steps we’ll give you a quick, easy to follow guide on how fold a pocket square correctly, along with some drawings to make it easier to do yourself.

As with skinning a cat, there is more than one way to fold a pocket square, but no matter what style you go with, there are a few rules you must adhere to:

  • Your square shouldn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice, but can be similar in color. If you’re unsure, white linen is never wrong
  • Pocket squares are meant to be worn with nonchalance. They don’t have to be perfect, so try not to¬†obsess over how they look
  • This isn’t a handkerchief, so for the love of god, please don’t blow your nose with it

Now, onto the folds:

The Straight Fold

This one isn’t particularly difficult to pull off, and gives your outfit a more serious, sober mood.

Straight fold pocket square instructions

  • Start by laying the pocket square flat in front of you
  • Next, fold it in half vertically
  • Fold up the bottom, but keep it below the top line
  • Tuck it in, leaving about a quarter inch visible at the top

The Single Point

Slightly more complicated than the Straight fold, the Single Point is a good choice for just about any situation

Single point pocket square fold instructions

  • Start by laying it flat, but oriented like a diamond rather than a square
  • Fold up the bottom corner to create a triangle
  • Fold the right and left corners of the triangle inward
  • Tuck it in so that only the point peeks out of your pocket

The Double Point

A slight variation on the Single Point, this fold is a bit more casual and playful

The Double Point pocket square instructions

  • Start by laying the pocket square flat and oriented like a diamond
  • Fold up the bottom corner to create two overlapping triangles
  • Fold the right and left corners inward
  • Tuck so that two points are visible above your pocket

The Crown Fold

This one is essentially a three-pointed variation of the previous two folds, but will sometimes come out with four or five points. If that happens, don’t sweat it — it still looks good.

The Crown Fold pocket square instructions

  • Start by laying the pocket square flat and oriented like a diamond
  • Fold up the bottom corner to create two overlapping triangles
  • Fold the left corner upward sharply so that it’s level with the top points
  • Fold the right corner inward, keeping it low
  • Tuck so that all three¬†points peek out of your pocket