6 different ways to fold a pocket square for styling success
A leading mark of the gentleman; a pocket square — sometimes known as a handkerchief — is a classic, staple accessory. Often woefully neglected in modern style, a pocket square is a small yet powerful piece that can elevate your outfit in a mere matter of seconds.
That is, however, if you know how to choose and fold your pocket square appropriately.
With the help of our style experts, we’ve rounded up our top tips on how to choose and style your pocket square, as well as the different ways that they can be folded to allow you to master this simple accessory.
How to choose your pocket square
Although it might seem like an easy way to coordinate your outfit, matching your pocket square to your block colour tie, or bow tie, generally won’t be well received. If you want to be well dressed, your pocket square needs to complement your look as a whole.
To be on top of your style game, harmonise your pocket square with accents from your other accessories. The best way to do this is to choose a secondary colour from your shirt or tie as the primary colour of your pocket square. For example, if your shirt has navy blue pinstripes, incorporate blue into the base colour of your pocket square.
Alternatively, you can choose a pocket square that is a shade lighter or darker than the core colour of your ensemble.
How to choose the right fabric for your pocket square
When it comes to pocket squares, fabric matters. Each fabric — whether it’s cotton, silk, linen or even wool — will each produce a different texture and bring an alternative style to the table.
SILK POCKET SQUARES
One of the most popular fabrics for pocket squares is silk. Not only does it feel luxurious, but silk helps to make colours pop — especially when the light hits it in a certain way. Although silk can sometimes be trickier to fold, its softness can’t go amiss.
When we think of silk pocket squares, we instantly think of quintessential characters like James Bond, who boasts only the most premium of materials.
Cotton pocket squares
The most affordable option for men — and usually the most common — cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to fold to for a classic square fold.
However, many cotton weaves can crease in unattractive ways and aren’t particularly amazing when trying to incorporate a more intricate style of fold. To ensure that you can get the most wear out of your cotton pocket square, make sure that it’s pressed regularly so it doesn’t go limp.
The different ways to fold a pocket square
When it comes to folding your pocket square, there are a number of different classic and modern folds to choose from.