The 3 Easiest Pocket Square Folds to Master

You may know you should sport a pocket square if you want to stand out, but stuffing one into your jacket pocket isn’t going to pull your look together as well as you’d anticipate. Whether you’re new to the pocket square game or never quite learned the proper technique, here are three incredibly easy folds to get you out looking good.

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The Presidential Fold 

As its namesake suggests, the Presidential Fold is distinguished and classic. It’s also one of the easiest folds to master. In its finished form, it’s a clean, crisp horizontal pop of color that can be worn to both black tie and business casual events. Traditionally, a white pocket square is used for this fold, but you’ll also see it as a solid color—so we say go bold or go home and choose the brightest pocket square in your arsenal.

How to do it:

  1. Lay your pocket square out on a flat, hard surface, with a horizontal edge at the top and bottom.
  1. Fold the fabric in half from right to left.
  1. Then fold it again, from left to right. You’ll be left with a long, vertical rectangle.
  1. Take the top of the rectangle shape you're left with and fold down, in half.
  1. Now fold it about three-quarters of the way up, so the end of the rectangle doesn’t quite reach the top. 
  1. That’s it! When you tuck the folded pocket square into your jacket pocket, make sure the folded edge runs horizontally across the top of your pocket (none of the other edges should be showing).

The Triangle Fold (AKA The One-Point Fold) 

The Triangle Fold is simple enough for business casual attire and elegant enough to be worn at formal events. The finished look is a single, symmetrical triangle pointing upward from your jacket pocket. We recommend choosing a bright, solid color or simple pattern for this pocket square fold.

How to do it:

  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.
  1. Bring the bottom point of the pocket square up to the top point, folding it in half and forming a triangle.
  1. Fold the left corner about two-thirds of the way over to the right.
  1. Fold the right corner over that fold, bringing it about two-thirds over to the left. Take the tip of the point (which is likely slightly past the vertical edge) and bring it back in, so you have an evenly shaped pentagon.
  1. Adjust the folds as needed to make sure the top point is centered. 
  1. Bring the bottom horizontal edge up about two-thirds of the way.
  1. Tuck your Triangle Fold into your pocket, making sure the point is at the center.

Three-Point Crown Fold

Now we’re jumping from one point to three, because we know a man like you can handle it. The Three-Point Crown Fold is the Prince Harry of pocket-square folds—fun, flashy, and possibly up to some questionable antics while in Vegas. Naturally, you should opt for your boldest colored and patterned pocket square. And while this fold can be worn with formal attire, we’d lean toward wearing it in a cool, casual setting; after all, you’re not really in line for the throne.

  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.
  1. Bring the bottom point of the pocket square up to the top point, folding it in half and forming a triangle. 
  1. Bring the bottom right corner up and slightly to the left of the top point.
  1. Do the same with the other side, bringing the left point up and slightly to the right of the middle point. You’ll be left with a wide cone shape with five points—three at the top center, and two that are lower on the left and right.
  1. Fold in the left and right sides again, so the outside points come in and form a smaller cone.
  1. Bring the bottom point up so it sits just below the center peak.
  1. Tuck the Crown Fold into your pocket and adjust as needed so the pocket square's three points are centered and roughly the same size and angle.

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