HOW TO FOLD A POCKET SQUARE

A pocket square is the final flourish that completes your formal outfits. It's a refined accessory that brings colour and character to everything from wedding ensembles to weekday waistcoats.

However, it's not simply a case of putting a hanky in your top pocket and claiming extra style points. A well put-together gent knows the difference between his One-points and his Reverse Puffs. In other words, the ins and outs of how to fold a pocket square correctly are an art.

Here's our guide to getting your folds right.

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The Square Pocket Square

In a rush? This is the quickest and easiest option:

STEP 1

Fold your pocket square in half twice, so you end up with a smaller square

STEP 2

Fold it in half again, point to point, so it forms a neat triangle

STEP 3

Fold in the two long opposite points on the triangle

STEP 4

Tuck the pointed end into your top pocket, with the folds to the back, so only the straight edge shows

The One-Point Pocket Square

This is a variation on the square pocket square, except you pop it in the other way up. This is generally how to fold a pocket square for a wedding:

STEP 1

Fold your square in half twice, ending with a smaller square

STEP 2

Fold this in half again, point to point, to form a triangle

STEP 3

Fold in the two opposite points on the triangle

STEP 4

Tuck the flat end into your top pocket, with the folds facing in, so the pointed top can be seen

The Two-Point Pocket Square

This is how to wear a pocket square for a more formal or business-like appearance:

STEP 1

Fold your pocket square in half – twice – to form a smaller square

STEP 2

Lay it on a flat surface, in a diamond rather than a square shape

STEP 3

Fold the bottom corner up so it sits to the left of the top corner, forming what looks like two mountain peaks

STEP 4

Fold the left side and the right side in towards the middle. Tuck the straight end into your breast pocket so the peaks are on display

The Puff Pocket Square

There's more to this laid-back style than simply fluffing up a handkerchief and arranging it in your pocket. It works well with supple silk pocket squares:

STEP 1

Fold your square in half twice, forming a smaller square

STEP 2

Lay it down on a flat surface

STEP 3

Pinch and lift up the middle of the square

STEP 4

Tuck the rest of the fabric into your pocket, leaving the pinched area visible

The Reverse Puff Pocket Square

This is an upside-down version of the puff. Instead of tucking in the excess fabric, you leave it hanging out for an effortlessly stylish look:

STEP 1

Fold your square in half twice, to form a smaller square

STEP 2

Lay it down on a flat surface

STEP 3

Pinch and lift up the middle of the square. Fold it in half so the peak lies on top of the tail

STEP 4

Slip it into your pocket so both the peak and the tail peep out – just make sure there's enough tucked in to keep it in place

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