How to Fold a Pocket Square for a Wedding

It’s your big day, fellas, and while some people say all eyes are on the bride, that doesn’t mean you can’t look dapper yourself. At Rare Fold, we think grooms should have a chance to stand out as well—and the best way to do that is with a well-chosen and masterfully folded pocket square. 

You can always choose a white or solid-colored pocket square to match your wedding’s theme or color palette. Or you can use the fashion-forward accessory to let your personality shine on your wedding day. Read on to decide what suave fold to master for the big day so that some of that attention is on you as you take to the head of the aisle—even if it’s just for a moment. 

Distinguished, classic, and easy to pull off, The Presidential Fold can be worn to a black tie wedding or even a more casual celebration. Usually, a white pocket square is used for this fold, but it looks good in any type of solid color. So if your tie happens to be a pattern, use your pocket square to properly accent one of the colors in its design.

  1. Lay your pocket square out on a flat, hard surface, with a horizontal edge at the top and bottom.
  2. Fold the fabric in half from right to left.
  3. Then fold it again, from left to right. You’ll be left with a long, vertical rectangle.
  4. Take the top of the rectangle shape you're left with and fold down, in half.
  5. Now fold it about three-quarters of the way up, so the end of the rectangle doesn’t quite reach the top.
  6. Then tuck it into your pocket, so just a sliver of the material neatly sticks out.

 

 

The Winged Peak is a (super) subtle way to let your partner know they are the wind beneath your wings…in a less sappy, very stylish sort of way. We suggest using a patterned pocket square to pull off this look.

  1. Lay out your pocket square on a flat, hard surface. It should be angled as a diamond, with the points at the top, bottom, left, and right.
  2. Fold the top corner down to meet the bottom corner exactly.
  3. Bring the top right corner down to meet the same bottom middle point, then the do the same for the left. You should have a small square, still positioned like a diamond.
  4. Now fold the right and left corners in to the center.
  5. Fold the bottom corner up and behind the pocket square. The left, right, and bottom edges should be squared off.
  6. Tuck the pocket square into your jacket pocket and adjust as needed so the pocket square's top point is centered.

If your wedding’s dress code is leaning toward black tie, you should probably step up your pocket square game. A 3 Stair Fold is classy and just complicated enough to be perfect for formal events. This fold can work with any type of pocket square, but keep things looking sharp with a solid-colored, silk fabric. 

  1. Lay your pocket square out on a flat, hard surface, with a horizontal edge at the top and bottom.
  2. Take the top right corner and fold it to meet the bottom left corner exactly (creating a right triangle).
  3. Create accordion-like pleats by folding the top layer of the fabric up, slightly to the right, and then back down.
  4. Make another pleat by repeating step three, leaving about 1/2 inch showing from the pleat below. Keep the palm of your hand pressed down on the pocket square to make sure the folds stay in place.
  5. Repeat until you have three pleats.
  6. Fold the top point of the triangle down and behind the rest of your pocket square.
  7. Bring the right and left corners of the square to the middle, so that the left and right edges are squared off.
  8. Tuck the square into your jacket pocket. You should be able to see each pleat neatly sticking out of the top.

  

Maybe you’re in a hurry to get out and down the aisle, or maybe you’re trying to toe the line between formal (it’s an important day after all) and casual (because you’d rather be wearing your favorite jersey right now)—we’re not here to judge. The Puff fold is easy to master and quick to pull off. Follow these five steps and get out there, you stud.

 

  1. Begin with the pocket square face up, on a flat surface.
  2. Pinch the square at the center and lift up, so that all four corners are hanging down.
  3. Run the fabric through the thumb and first finger of the opposite hand, creating a loose, tubular shape.
  4. Adjust the peak, making it wider (to fit the length of your pocket) if necessary.
  5. Fold the bottom up and behind the front (peak).
  6. Tuck the pocket square into your breast pocket, with the peak more or less at the center. Leave any dimples and wrinkles alone; just keep it neat by making sure the square isn’t spilling out over your pocket.

 

Just because you decide to forego a boutonniere, doesn’t mean you can’t wear a rose on your jacket. The Rose Fold lets you express your style without slipping too far away from the romanticism of the day—because yes, fellas, it will be a very romantic day. This fold design requires a little bit of finesse, so practice it a day or two ahead of your ceremony. We recommend using a fabric that has some sheen to it, like silk or satin.

 

  1. Form a circle with your thumb and index finger.
  2. Place the pocket square fabric on top of the circle you created.
  3. Using two fingers, push some of the fabric into the circle.
  4. Close the circle to gently pinch the fabric within your hand.
  5. Twist the fabric that’s still on top of your hand in a circular motion so that it gradually overlaps.
  6. Keep twisting until all the fabric is wound along itself; there should not be any more loose, untwisted fabric.
  7. Carefully hold the top of your rose (the twisted folds) and remove your hand from underneath. Gently adjust the folds as needed, making sure not to let the folds untwist as you do so.
  8. Tuck the pocket square into your pocket and adjust as needed.

Don’t forget to shop our online store to get your most important wedding day accessory, and pick up a few pocket squares for your groomsmen to keep them looking sharp as well. Then share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #FollowTheFold.