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Pocket squares are one of menswear’s most effortless details. Just like tie-bars and cufflinks, a pocket square folds improves a suit jacket’s or blazer’s versatility, adds visual interest and depth to a look, and provides a subtle but powerful means of personal expression.

A key trait found among younger fashion enthusiasts is having an in-built or in-seamed pocket square, which is the inner fabric of one’s breast pocket left loose to be folded creatively. In a sea of pocket squares, one can indulge in various kinds of fabrics, patterns, and folds. Here’re five easy and timeless pocket square folds that’ll earn you a high style rewards. 

The Classic Fold

How to fold a pocket square

The classic fold is the cleanest of the bunch – no-nonsense and neat. Wear it for a casual occasion, like grabbing a drink with friends or on a low-key first date.  

How To Do It:
  • Start with the pocket square laying flat.
    Fold one side over to the other side lengthwise.
  • Fold the bottom up to meet the top.
    Fold lengthwise again to match the width of your breast pocket. 

The Pesko Fold

How to fold a pocket square

This is Don Draper of pocket square folds, a subtle yet bold showing of the pocket square. The Pesko works best in white, worn over any suit of your preference. 

How To Do It:

Start with the pocket square laying flat.
Fold one side over lengthwise about 1/3 of the width of the square.
Fold the other side over, making the resulting fold the width of your breast pocket.
Fold the two ends over.
Fold the entire length in half. Adjust to the depth of your breast pocket. 

The Puff Fold

How to fold a pocket square

Our top pick and go-to fold – simple, but is versatile and packs visual appeal. Ensure to stretch out the puff to both ends of your pockets.

How To Do It:

With the pocket square laying flat, pinch the centre.
Pick it up from the centre.
Form a ring around the pocket square with the thumb and index finger of your other hand and slide it down almost to the bottom.
Fold the pointed edges over. 

The Crown Fold

How to fold a pocket square

The Crown is basically the opposite of the puff fold. If you have hand-rolled corner edges on your pocket square, this is the best way to highlight it. The Wabi Sabi of folds, there’s no correct way to do it, hence there’re no wrong way either. Ensure that the shape of the crown resembles a triangle. 

How To Do It:

With the pocket square laying flat, pinch the centre.
Pick it up from the centre.
Form a ring around the pocket square with the thumb and index finger of your other hand and slide it down almost to the bottom.
Fold the rounded portion over. 

The Flower Fold

How to fold a pocket square

Definitely the most flamboyant and difficult one to pull off, The  Flower Fold is the most attention-grabbing. Practice makes perfect with this one.  

How To Do It:

Form a ring with your thumb and index finger and place the pocket square over your hand.
Push the pocket square into the ring with your other index finger.
Grasp the fabric you’ve just depressed with the hand holding the pocket square.
Holding the fabric in place, twist the fabric clockwise.
When you get your desired look, cinch the fabric down to hold it in place.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.