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How to Wear and Fold Your Pocket Square


Pocket Squares are certainly all the rage right now, but that doesn't mean that you can't stand out from the crowd! Pocket squares can be difficult to wear well; a pocket square should not be a loud statement, but should tone well with the rest of your ensemble. 

Primarily, a pocket square MUST contrast with your jacket, but try to consider scale. If wearing bold checks or pinstripes, go for a fine pattern, or plain white linen pocket square. Conversely, if wearing a a jacket with a fine pattern, choose a pocket square with a large design to keep things from getting too busy. Most importantly, try to tone rather than match your tie.

We have a great range of pocket squares in store, and available at Casa Pavone.

 

 
With a bold jacket like this, your best bet is to choose a plain cotton/linen or fine-patterned pocket square that tones nicely with your ensemble. image: courtesy Instagram @articlesofstyle

With a bold jacket like this, your best bet is to choose a plain cotton/linen or fine-patterned pocket square that tones nicely with your ensemble.

image: courtesy Instagram @articlesofstyle

Above: this is quite a bold look, but the fine-patterned pocket square elegantly highlights the brown shantung silk tie. image: Braddon Tailors

Above: this is quite a bold look, but the fine-patterned pocket square elegantly highlights the brown shantung silk tie.

image: Braddon Tailors

Above: with solid blues, a fine, intricate design pocket square adds elegance and interest to a classic ensemble. image: courtesy Instagram @pauwmannen

Above: with solid blues, a fine, intricate design pocket square adds elegance and interest to a classic ensemble.

image: courtesy Instagram @pauwmannen

 

As for how to wear your pocket square? These are our favourites, courtesy of Dormeuil:

 

1. The Straight Fold:

This is a great way to wear your pocket square if you're new to the game! Best to choose a firm fabric, like a linen or heavier silk. Simply fold in half, then fold the bottom third up to allow it to fit in your jacket pocket. Choose this on a daily basis- a white linen pocket square will lift your corporate look, and tone with any neck tie.

 

 

 

Image: Dormeuil

Image: Dormeuil

2. The Two-Point Fold:

Certainly more elaborate than the straight fold, this one is fun and a little less formal. Place the square down on the diagonal, and fold the bottom up so that it sits adjacent to the top point. Fold both the left and right sides over so that they make square edges. You can refine the shape once inserted into the jacket.

 

3. The Free Fold:

This one is not really a fold, but is great if you want to have a bit of fun! Open the pocket square out fully on a flat surface, pinch the centre, and insert it centre first into the outer pocket. You'll end up with the points sticking up, which you can then adjust as desired. Works best with a plain, solid suit fabric.

Image: Casa Pavone

Image: Casa Pavone