Since the importance of pocket squares has already been established by celebrities and the average suit- wearing gentlemen alike, it is now time that we explore different ways that we can style this piece of cloth. A pocket square is without a doubt an item that adds more colour and flair to a regular- looking suit; it is therefore necessary that we learn the right methods of folding these sophisticated handkerchiefs to give the most amazing results for you to look your best. Here are some of the ways in which you can elevate your style in a matter of a few folds.
The Square Fold
AKA the presidential fold is the go-to style when you have a business meeting to attend to. This is the tiny detail that will impress your boss and also give you the reputation as being the man with a plan. It is best used with a cotton or linen fabric to give you the sharp pointy folds (a sharp dresser indeed).
STEP 1: Lay the pocket square on a flat surface.
STEP 2: Fold the fabric in half, into a rectangle.
STEP 3: Fold the fabric in half again into a square.
STEP 4: Fold in half one last time.
STEP 5: Flip vertically and use the folded edges to finish the look.
The Puff Fold
This fold is more on the playful side and is certainly the easiest one. Too lazy to iron your pocket square? Then this fold is the best choice as it is made to thrive in the curves and crinkles of the fabric. It is effortless, stylish, fun and you can also play around with it a little and add your own creativity to it by pulling a fold or two to give it more of a poof! Effect.
STEP 1: Lay the pocket on a flat surface and pinch the centre and pull it up.
STEP 2: The centre would make for the top of the fold.
STEP 3: Fold the side in and tuck the bottom edges in as well.
The Winged Puff Fold
Just wing it! This fold peeks into a peak from the breast pocket with the combined style of a puff and a sharp wing. It is befitting for an evening party as well as for a more formal function without being too dramatic nor being too simple a style.
STEP 1: Keep the pocket square flat, in a diagonal position.
STEP 2: Fold it in half, into a triangle with the pointed top facing you.
STEP 3: Fold the left corner to the centre. Repeat the same on the right corner.
STEP 4: Fold a tiny triangle towards the centre from both left and right.
STEP 5: Tuck the bottom part in so it can fit well into the pocket.
Much like the scallops themselves that have the precious pearl enclosed within them, the scallop fold is one that is reserved for fancy occasions to make for a luxury pocket square. The fold is ideal for weddings and dinner parties and not a preferred choice for formal events. If worn using a shimmering satin or any glossy fabrics, the scallop fold will provide for a dazzling appearance; a silk pocket square is one that would go all the way with this.
STEP 1: Place the fabric diagonally on a flat surface.
STEP 2: Fold it in half to form a triangle.
STEP 3: Fold it again to form a smaller triangle
STEP 4: Keep the pointed top of the triangle pointing towards you.
STEP 5: Fold the right corner towards the left; going past more than half of the fabric. Repeat the same on the left corner as well.
STEP 6: Tuck the bottom fold into your pocket revealing only the top folded portion of the pocket square.
The Dunaway Fold
This is yet another whimsical fold that is easy, effortless and simply fun. You can get creative with this one by playing with the material used for the pocket square. Depending on the stiffness or smoothness of the fabric, you can make a fold that looks like a budding flower or a one that looks like a rocket blasting off. A patterned pocket square fabric will create the effect of splashing colours.
STEP 1: Pinch and lift the fabric from the centre.
STEP 2: Tug gently on the loose edges, pulling the fabric into a banana-like shape.
STEP 3: Invert the banana shape and let the loose edges spread.
STEP 4: Fold the pocket square in half (bottom to top).
STEP 5: Tuck the pocket square inside the pocket to make it appear like a fountain.
Bravo! Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it! You’ve just mastered the different techniques into giving yourself the complete look with just a couple of folds. Now go out there and show off both your skills and fashion sense at the same time; maybe even impart your wisdom unto your fellow mates and let them shine as bright as you.