12 Ways To Fold A Pocket Square
If you're a suit lover (the chances are high given that you're on House of Cavani!) then you probably love the little details in your three piece suit, especially the pocket square. There's still quite a few guys who don't like to wear pocket square's, but if you're into fashion and looking trendy, it's something you need to consider.
For those of you who don't know, a pocket square is a small square piece of fabric that sits in the top open pocket of your jacket. Pocket squares were predated by the handkerchief, which actually goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, who we all know were ahead of their time and used these pieces of cloth for purposes like wiping dirt or sweat from the face. It was then adopted by the Greeks and Romans, with Julius Caesar famously dropping a handkerchief to signal the start of games in the Coliseum. Also, if your hands were tired from clapping, you could wave small handkerchiefs instead to show your gratitude.
Over time, handkerchiefs evolved into tokens of affection from women. This was proven by knights in the middle ages who would wear handkerchiefs during tournaments as a symbol of a lady’s love or good luck. Later on, King Richard II of England made handkerchiefs extremely popular in 1390 and is often dubbed the inventor of them. He was known to have kept a handkerchief on his person at all times, and this action was taken on by other nobles, and eventually, over a course of time, the lower classes adopted it too.
How did they become a fashionable item though? Well, by the 17th century, almost everyone in western Europe wore a handkerchief in their trouser pockets, but due to the fact that trouser pockets often contained money and other various objects, making them unhygienic, people moved their handkerchiefs to the breast pocket, which then started to become a fashion statement over time due to the fact that you could see it poking out the top.
As time went on and the 1900s came around, fashionable men everywhere were spotted wearing pocket squares made of linen, cotton, or silk in their breast pockets, and many had started to fold them in various ways as well, trying to stand out from the rest and do something different, just like how all of the trends start. The handkerchief was now named the pocket square because it was there for style purposes only, and men went back to using actual handkerchiefs in their trouser pockets as hygiene improved, however, the idea of handkerchiefs during the war actually became a thing of the past for sanitary reasons, and tissue companies were born from this. From that point on, the wonderful pocket square was only a fashion statement, as it actually serves no purpose, and still doesn't. It's the equivalent of women wearing jewellery, it's just a beautiful accessory.
So now you know a small, brief history of the pocket square and how it came about. It did go out of trend for a while as the influx of street and casual wear became popular from the 80's onwards, but as men pay huge attention to their appearance again and want to look as sharp as possible, it's now back in full force and is bigger than ever. There's loads of fabrics to choose from, loads of prints, and there are so many ways in which you can wear a pocket square too! The folding of your pocket square is key, and as important as choosing the right one to match your tie, so we have rounded up 12 ways to fold a pocket square for you below, including a video that we found which shows you exactly how to do it. Check out the 12 ways below, and find a video at the end of this blog post with instructions, courtesy of Ties.com as it's extremely handy!
The Classic fold is a very simple, suitable for any occasion, easy to fold rectangle composed of layered edges. The good thing about this is that it's not a rule that you have to keep the edges symmetrical, you should allow them to fold a bit uneven so it creates layers to the look. Using a pocket square with contrasting edges to it accentuates the fold and creates a more bold and structured look.
The Puff is super easy and simple, and basically takes no effort, yet it gives off a look of class and sophistication - what more could you want? The name comes from gathering a ‘puff’ of fabric together to create a sleek enough look which suits formal occasions as much as it does casual situations. The best option is to use a silk fabric as it will still look sleek and classic, not messy and sloppy.
Next up is The Presidential folding method, which is a sharp, clean, elegant rectangular strip of fabric that peeks out the top of the pocket. This folding method is considered a must for the Don Drapers and James Bonds of the world apparently. The best fabric for this is silks when you're choosing this method for formal occasions, especially if you are wearing a tuxedo jacket, as you might have noticed in many different tuxedo photos.
The Reverse Puff
If you liked The Puff above, you should check out The Reverse Puff as it's a looser, more lively version, which makes it more suitable for casual wear as it displays the peaks of the pocket square instead of the smart top half. Since this is an easy way to wear it, it ends up being unique as each time you do it, it will look different and give a lot of character to your desired style.
The Single Peak
The Single Peak is a traditional method and one of our favourites here at House of Cavani. Folding your pocket square this way creates a standalone peak which fits perfectly into the pocket slit and stands up with admiration. Pyramid inspired, using a design with geometric prints or contrasting lines is always good as it will make it stand out even more. A few of our bloggers wear this folding method on their suits.
The Two Peaks, much like its name states, is the same as the above method, but instead uses two points. It's a traditional formal fold, with a bit more character and edge to it. When folded accurately, the two points ooze sophistication, but they also remind me of mountains. For this method though, you want to use a pocket square that has the same print on both sides because this folding technique means the front and back are visible once it's worn.
If you liked the idea of the peaks from the other folding methods, but wanted something with a little more pizazz, try Three peaks. This is a great technique for formal occasions as the symmetrical points show off strength, creating a very bold and confident look as it's different to how you ever see most men wearing their pocket squares, so go for a fabric with details and that is bright in colour as well.
Lastly in the points folding is the Four Peaks (also known as “The Crown”) - a much more common, old school way that honours tradition. It displays the iconic four peaks so both the front and back of the pocket square will be visible when it's folded, but it displays a lot of character and tradition when you fold like this.
If you liked The Four Peaks, but felt it was too traditional, how cool is the Angled Peaks instead? Use this folding technique as an alternative and it will instantly give you youth, energy and make you seem cool. The way the peaks go off in a diagonal angle really displays fun and if you have contrasting edges on your pocket square, this will be one funky look! We don't often see pocket squares in Angled Peaks either, so you can rest assured you have a slimmer chance of copying someone.
If you liked the Single Peak look and are often wearing it, why not tweak it a little bit and try a different version of it? The Stairs Fold still looks classic, and still radiates as much of the elegance as the Single Peak, but if you look closely, it contains three subtle folds on the front. These tiered edges are created by a series of carefully considered folds which you can see in the video. I can imagine that this method takes a little practice though, and you might want to use a pocket square that has a little more traction on the fabric, so it doesn't simply slip when folding, but this will definitely be a head turner as people will do a double glance at your pocket square as they notice the stairs folding technique.
One of my personal favourite's due to the elegance and sophistication, The Rose proves to be a romantic and classic method. When this is properly folded, the folds will spiral and fall out from the center like a rosebud in bloom, which is where it gets the name from. Getting this method right is key though and making subtle adjustments will go a long way to make sure it looks perfect. The fabric recommended is a satin or silk as it creates a luxurious bloom, perfect for a flower.
The Winged Peak
Now, check out the video below to find out how to fold all of these!