Intro: Pocket Squares for Men

Pocket squares are a type of handkerchiefs often colored or figured worn at the breast pocket of a suit or blazer as a fashion accessory. It can be folded in myriad of ways form the straight fold to the presidential. It adds a bit of extra flair to a great suit.

As a visible fashion item there is a wide variety ways to fold a pocket square, ranging from the austere to the flamboyant types which include:

  • The presidential, perhaps the simplest, is folded at right angles to fit in the pocket.
  • The westo four point fold.
  • The TV fold
  • Folded diagonally with the points showing is the One-point fold
  • The two point fold.
  • The three-point fold is first folded into a triangle, then the corners are folded up and across to make 3 point.
  • The puff or the cooper is simple shaped into a round puff
  • The Astaire is a puff with a point on either side.
  • The straight shell fold
  • The diagonal shell fold

Pocket squares also referred to as pocket handkerchief are small accessories that allows men to express themselves and vary their look without having to buy a whole bunch of different suits. It can add a bit of interest to your appearance without trying too hard.

A pocket square comes in different colors and style, it can be in solid color or patterned color.

Tips on How to Get a Pocket Square Folded

The straight fold

The tip or guidelines on how to get a pocket square fold which is the straight fold.

  1. Lay your pocket square flat
  2. Bring the left side to the right side
  3. Bring the bottom towards the top, but don’t fold it all the way
  4. Fold the fabric in thirds horizontally, so that it will fit your suit pockets.
Straight fold classic pocket square
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The Corner Fold

You will have a small peak of fabric coming out of your pocket in this fold.

  1. Lay your pocket square on a flat surface, with one corner facing up and one corner facing down so it looks like you have a base ball diamond in front of you.
  2. Bring the bottom point to the top point so that you can create a triangle
  3. Bring the left corner of the triangle to the right corner and the right corner to the left corner. You should end up with a long rectangle with a point at the top. It looks sort of like a face slat.
  4. Fold the bottom towards the top, but not all the way.
  5. Place it in your suit. Adjust until you get the desired amount of point coming out of your pocket.

    The corner fold pocket square
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The Puff Fold.

The simplest of all folds is the puff fold. In other to achieve this simple fold follow the instructions below :

  1. Lay the pocket square flat
  2. Pinch the middle of the fabric, allowing the folds to come naturally.
  3. With one hand  holding the pocket squares use the other hand to gently gather it together
  4. Now carefully gather up the bottom of the pocket square.
  5. Place it in your suit fiddle with it until you get the desired puffiness.
The puff fold
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The Four Point Pocket Square


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