A step by step guide for a perfect spring pocket square fold.
I am a firm believer that you need to know the basics before you can branch out. Whether it’s sports, playing a musical instrument, or folding pocket squares, having solid fundamentals gives you a foundation from which to expand the possibilities and build a unique voice or style. Without that, you can only take it so far.
This Look: Khaki poplin suit by Brooks Brothers (Suiting Essentials), Pink cotton striped shirt by J.Crew (similar here), Coral pocket square by Brooks Brothers, Navy and coral striped bow tie by Brooks Brothers, Brown suede penny loafers by To Boot New York, Brown leather plaque belt by J.Crew, Watch with brown leather band by Timex.
I had been eyeing this pocket square from Brooks Brothers for some time and finally decided to pick it up. The combination of its size, color, pattern, and hand-rolled edges was definitely screaming for something a with a little more panache than any of the classic folds. My tailor, Earle Bannister, had a great recommendation. He calls it “The Carnation.” I call it a great flower-esque pocket square fold for spring. Here’s how to do it.
How To Fold It
Start by holding the pocket square as shown. Make a series of small alternating folds so the pocket square resembles an accordion or bellows. Each crease should be about 1/4 inch. Continue this until you have used up all of the fabric.
Next, holding both ends, bring them together by folding the pocket square in half. Be sure to pinch the ends tightly so the pleats do not release.
Transfer the folded ends from two hands into just one hand. Be careful not to let any of the creases come out during the transfer. Place the pocket square in your breast pocket.
Once you have it situated, let go of the folded ends. It won’t look very impressive once you let go. (See below.) Don’t worry. Simply move the pleats around a little bit, allowing them to release and “blossom.”
He Spoke Style
Photography by Rob McIver Photo.