Pocket squares can be a difficult and intimidating thing to figure out. There are countless ways to fold one into a jacket and we're here to show you five of our favorite styles.
The presidential fold is one of the most standard and traditional styles you'll see, but it is without question a staple in anyone's repertoire. Most tutorials will instruct you to fold this in half and then in half again, but I often find that this leaves the pocket square too wide for any suit jacket. To make for a slimmer fold, I choose to fold it in thirds (aka burrito style). If it still needs a bit of adjustment, curl one edge slightly behind to fit your pocket size. Once in the pocket, the presidential fold leaves a clean lined accent at the top of your pocket, showing off either a pop of color (bottom right) or a pocket square's stitching (bottom left).
Another common staple is a two point fold, which shows off a pocket square in a peaked fashion. This fold starts out with the pocket square on a diagonal and is folded slightly crooked to offset the top corners. Make sure to hide any tags on the inside of the pocket square to avoid showcasing them outside your pocket. Again,once the peaks are formed, flip the pocket square over and fold a small amount up from the bottom for an easier fit. This will help to keep the points from poking out too high from your pocket and maintain a cleaner look.
A more daring and flourished style of pocket square is the poof fold. This is an incredibly simple fold that is a personal favorite of mine, adding a more organic accent of color, contrasting the traditional clean lines of a suit jacket. Simply place your pocket square on a flat surface with the pattern side up, pinch it in the middle, make a circle with the index and thumb finger on your other hand, and pull it through. Stuff the corners of the pocket square into your jacket and leave the rounded edge exposed.
The floral fold is exactly the same as the poof fold, just flipped upside down. A bit more extravagant than the one above and a less retrained version of the two point, a floral fold leaves the corners of the pocket square exposed. Again, make sure any tags and the like are hidden, leaving as many corners as you would like exposed. This fold is particularly versatile in that you can make a faux two, three, or four point fold.
Arguably the most complex fold on this list, the scallop fold does a good job of combining a poof and a presidential fold, making for a self-contained, organic fold with clean lines. Like the two point, this fold starts on the diagonal and is folded into quarters. Leave the longest edge on the top and fold the two wings inward to make for a unique shape. Once again, to fit this into your jacket easier, flip it over and fold the edges slightly behind before stuffing it into your pocket.
While there are several different ways to fold a pocket square, this guide should help you tackle every pocket square for any occasion!
Do you have a favorite style? Let us know in the comments below!