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How to fold a pocket square - Step by Step Guide - Eton

How to Fold a Pocket Square


By: Alexandra Engdahl
4 min

Mastering the art of folding a pocket square may appear daunting, but our straightforward guide simplifies it into three versatile folds that suit any event.

The pocket square, steeped in menswear tradition, has a rich history. From its origins in ancient Egypt as a functional item, it evolved into a fashionable accessory during the European Renaissance. Throughout the 18th-19th centuries, it alternated between fashion and function, serving as a decorative piece and even as a tissue. By the early 20th century, it became a staple in men's fashion, particularly with business suits, available in various colors, fabrics, and folds.

Pocket squares are more than just accessories; they're a canvas for self-expression. Learn how to fold a pocket square and unlock a world of sartorial creativity to make your unique style statement. This guide spotlights three of the most common pocket square folds, suitable for almost any occasion:

Puff Fold:

The most versatile, ideal for both formal and informal events.

puff fold pocket square

Presidential Fold (Straight Fold):

The most formal option, perfect for highly formal occasions.

presidential fold pocket square

Crown Fold:

Stylish and extravagant, resembling a crown, making a striking statement at any gathering.

crown fold pocket square

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