Tips on Pocket Squares from DA MAN

For true sartorial elegance, the pocket square always adds a dash of class. Here, we’ve focused on some of the most popular methods for wearing them and tips on how to get the look.

Wearing Your Pocket Squares

The 1-Pointer

  1. Lay your pocket square on a flat surface, with one corner facing up in a diamond-like fashion
  2. Fold the bottom point to the top point creating a triangle
  3. Fold the left corner of the triangle to the right corner, and the right corner to the left corner, creating a long rectangle with a point at the top
  4. Fold the bottom to the top, but not all the way
  5. Adjust until you get the desired amount of point coming out of the pocket

The 2-pointer

  1. Lay your pocket square on a flat surface, with one corner facing up in a diamond-like fashion
  2. Fold the bottom point up and just to the left of the top point
  3. Fold the left point in toward the right, and the right toward the left
  4. Adjust the pocket square in your suit pocket to get the desired amount of points coming out of the pocket

The 3-pointer

  1. Lay it on a flat surface with one corner facing up in a diamond-like shape
  2. Fold the bottom point up, but just to the left of the top point by a centimeter or so
  3. Fold the left side up toward the right, creating another point just to the right of the new ‘middle point’
  4. Fold the right point straight across in toward the left
  5. Adjust the pocket square in your suit pocket to get the desired amount of points coming out of the pocket

The free-form

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface
  2. Pinch the middle of the fabric, allowing the folds to come together naturally
  3. With one hand firmly holding it, use your other hand to gently gather it together
  4. Gracefully gather up the bottom of the pocket square
  5. Tuck it into your suit pocket and play with it until you get the desired puffiness

Others

Other styles to consider, but not shown here: the straight, the waterfall, the 4-pointer, the 3-stairs fold, etc

When to wear

Now that you know how to fold them, the next question is when to wear them?

Any formal occasion (e.g., wedding, gala event, red-carpet party) is fine. As far as which method for which occasion … well that’s up to your own sartorial preference and what you want to project.

It’s mostly about what feels right for your style and personality and, quite simply, what you feel most confident in.

Also, it’s important  to remember to match your pocket square with other accessories, like your tie.

For the full feature on pocket squares, grab the August/September 2010 issue of DA MAN or subscribe here.

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