How to correctly fold and wear a Pocket Square

With the recent wonderful upsurge in Gentlemen’s attire, classic accessories such as Pocket Squares are making a comeback. No more is the breast pocket of a man’s suit a place to hang a pair of sunnies or stuff some business cards.
We’re delighted! We at Manly Stuff always try to look our best, and are happiest when making you, our readers, look your best.
The following is a quick guide to three of the most popular pocket square folds – you really don’t need any more.

Pocket Square Guidelines

Don’t leave your suit bare! A suit without a pocket square isn’t a suit at all. It’s a shell. An empty, sad, lonely shell.
You don’t want that do you? No, we didn’t think so. Read on my man.
The addition of pocket square adds some panache to a good suit, you need to be careful mind, it’s easy to mess up.


Colour co-ordinating your pocket square

A pocket square can be patterned or solid. If you’re wearing a crisp white shirt, a crisp white pocket square will do the job 99% of the time, especially in a business environment.
A white pocket square can go with any colour tie.
The general guideline is that the pocket square colour should complement some colour on your tie. If your tie has some red, a rock solid red pocket square will look great.
Try to avoid matching colours or patterns exactly; it’ll look like you’re trying too hard. We don’t want that.

How to Fold A Pocket Square

You have a few options here. Some are simple, some complex. It’s all about the man behind the fold.
We’re going to discuss the three folds that everyone should master.

The Straight Fold Pocket Square

The straight fold is the most simple and your bread and butter. It always looks good and is unassuming and classy.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Lay the pocket square flat

2. Bring the left side to right side, and the right to the left:

3. Bring the bottom of the pocket square towards the top, and fold it over:

4. Adjust to fit in your suit pocket.

The Peak Fold

With this fold, you’re left with a nice peak coming out of the top pocket, it’s a really classic and one of our favourites. Here’s how:

1. Lay your pocket square on a flat surface in a diamond shape with one corner facing up and one down, with one corner pointed towards

2. Bring the bottom point to the top point to create a triangle

3. Bring the left corner of the triangle to the right corner, then the right to left. You’ll end up with a long rectangle with a point at the top.

4. It’ll look like the below image, fold the bottom towards the top for the required height of your pocket:

5. Pop it in to your suit pocket, head to the bar, order a whiskey sour, look good.
The two peak fold can also be created from this technique, the only difference being that you bring the bottom point to the side of the top, to make two peaks.

The Puff Fold

1. Lay your pocket square on a flat surface in a diamond shape with one corner facing up and one down, with one corner pointed towards you.
2. Pinch the centre of the pocket square with your thumb and forefinger.
3. Lift the pocket square off the surface, causing the square to drap where you are grasping. The corners of your pocket square will naturally fold over each other.
4. Lightly wrap your free hand around the draping fabric. Keeping the top of the pocket square pinched, more your left hand down while gentle squeezing the material until you reach the bottom of the pocket square
5. Then just fold it up over your thump, and boom. Stuff it into your pocket!


There you have it gents, go forth and look fantastic!