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How To Fold a Pocket Square

Everyone knows that dressing for success can give you an edge. Invest in a pocket square and put you and your suit over the top.


  • Step 1: Iron the square Iron your pocket square to achieve crisp folds.
  • TIP: For silk squares, use the lowest iron setting and place a cotton cloth over the square.
  • Step 2: Position the square Position the pocket square flat on a table in a diamond shape.
  • Step 3: Bring the bottom corner up Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner, forming a triangle.
  • Step 4: Fold the left corner in Fold the left corner of the triangle in toward the middle, slightly overlapping the center line of the triangle.
  • Step 5: Fold the right corner in Fold the right corner of the triangle in toward the center in the same way.
  • Step 6: Check the folds Flip your pocket square over so that it looks like a long rectangle with a point at the top center.
  • Step 7: Place the pocket square in your pocket Place your pocket square in your breast pocket with the point facing up and the folds to the back.
  • TIP: Many softer pocket squares can slip down into the pocket; hand-woven, textured silks tend to latch onto fabric.
  • Step 8: Adjust pocket square Adjust the pocket square until you see a triangle peeking out of your pocket. Boy, do you look sharp!
  • FACT: Men started to place clean handkerchiefs in their breast pockets in the 19th century.

You Will Need

  • A pocket square

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