How to Fold a Handkerchief

Handkerchiefs, aka pocket squares, are a perfect accent accessory for a wide range of looks and dress codes. They are perfect accent pieces for formal black tie attire as much as a more dressed down look consisting of patterned dress shirt and casual sport coat. Just like there are several different ways to tie a necktie, there are lots of different methods you can fold a handkerchief. Below are 12 popular and unique ways to wear your pocket square. Click on your favorite look for more detailed folding instructions as well as tips on how to wear each fold.

  • Flat Fold

    Flat Fold
  • One Point Up

    The One Point
  • Two Points Up

    The Two Point
  • Three Points Up

    The Three Points
  • Four Point Up

    The Four Points
  • Peak Pocket Fold

    The Peak Pocket
  • Double Point Roll

    Double Point Roll
  • Four Point Crown

    Four Point Crown
  • Puff Fold

    The Puff Fold
  • Rolled Puff

    The Rolled Puff
  • Winged Puff

    The Winged Puff
  • Three Stairs

    The Three Stairs

Some Basics Tips before Getting Started

Wearing a handkerchief with Neck Ties as well as Bowties is a perfect way to add more personal character to your outfit. When choosing what type of pocket square to wear think about the occasion and about how formal of an event you are dressing for. For very formal occasions you want to wear a classic white pocket square. Slightly less formal are solid color pocket squares that match your neck or bow tie. Least formal, but nevertheless still very classy and elegant are handkerchiefs that are in different color than you neckwear, as well as show patterns (such as checks, stripes, polka dots, and paisleys).

Once you have your pocket square picked out and decided what type of fold best suits your outfit, start by cleaning your hands, as well as the area used to fold your hanky. Keep in mind that handkerchiefs can be made from silk, especially so-called Thai silk, as well as cotton and linen. The benefit of the later two fabrics is that they can be starched, making certain folding techniques much easier. Silk on the other hand has more shine adding a more formal look.

Pocket Square Styling Inspiration

Below are a few links that will help you get some idea on how to wear and style your pocket squares using different type of neckties, bow ties, jackets, and dress codes:

Pinterest Pocket Square Board