Dressing crisp - How to fold a Pocket square

Dressing crisp – How to fold a Pocket square

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A the pocket square is a classic and timeless menswear which makes a big impact. A small accessory that makes a big impact with a high style reward. A pocket square improves a suit jacket or blazer’s versatility, adds visual interest and depth to a look, and provides a subtle but powerful means of personal expression. There are many ways to fold a pocket square—some simple and some more complicated—but how you choose to wear it depends mostly on personal taste and on the degree of formality of the occasion. Here are five of the folds that have you covered from casual to formal. The Straight Fold This is the most formal fold, which shows a straight thin folded edge in the pocket. The straight fold is more formal because its is the most minimalistic looking, which is in keeping with the simple and streamlined elements of proper Black Tie attire.   How To Do It:

  1. Start with the pocket square laying flat.
  2. Fold one side over lengthwise about 1/3 of the width of the square.
  3. Fold the other side over, making the resulting fold the width of your breast pocket.
  4. Fold the two ends over.
  5. Fold the entire length in half. Adjust to the depth of your breast pocket.

The unfinished fold This is a slightly less formal take on the straight fold and purely a matter of preference, appealing to those who prefer that the pocket square should look more functional. By letting the unfinished edge show, the hanker chief looks more useful and the imperfection makes it more casual.

How To Do It:

  1. Start with the pocket square laying flat.
  2. Fold one side over to the other side lengthwise.
  3. Fold the bottom up to meet the top.
  4. Fold lengthwise again to match the width of your breast pocket.

The Puff fold This is a less formal fold, but also the most common & functional. Typically this fold is more beffiting of business suits because it can be too attention grabbing for Black tie. But many prefer it because it's so easy to stuff back into the pocket after use.

 How To Do It:

  1. With the pocket square laying flat, pinch the center.
  2. Pick it up from the center.
  3. Form a ring around the pocket square with the thumb and index finger of your other hand and slide it down almost to the bottom.
  4. Fold the pointed edges over.

The one peak fold The one peak Fold is called aptly so because of the shape it is in. It is also know as the crown fold. It’s the subtle variations that add depth and a ton of visual interest to fold each time you wear it.

How To Do It:

  1. With the pocket square laying flat, pinch the center.
  2. Pick it up from the center.
  3. Form a ring around the pocket square with the thumb and index finger of your other hand and slide it down almost to the bottom.
  4. Fold the rounded portion over.

The flower fold If the Classic Fold is the simplest fold of the bunch, the Flower Fold is definitely the most flamboyant. It’s also the one that takes the most practice and care to pull off. You basically want to twist the fabric around until it resembles a flower. The tricky part is cinching it down so it holds its shape until it is secured by the breast pocket. More finesse is required to get it right. Wear it this way when you want to make a statement.

How To Do It:

  1. Form a ring with your thumb and index finger and place the pocket square over your hand.
  2. Push the pocket square into the ring with your other index finger.
  3. Grasp the fabric you’ve just depressed with the hand holding the pocket square.
  4. Holding the fabric in place, twist the fabric clockwise.
  5. When you get your desired look, cinch the fabric down to hold it in place.

Practice makes perfect and a little time invested in the skill upfront will ensure you can wear the pocket square any way you want with ease and flair.

Posted in Accessories on Jan 23, 2014

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