How to fold a pocket square

A pocket square is an essential (but discreet) addition to any formal outfit, whether you opt for a simple white cotton one, one with a burst of colour or an eccentric patterned cloth to liven up your look. A pocket square might feel excessive, but if Mad Men, Skyfall and BBC's The Hour have taught men anything, it's that even making the smallest details can make a huge difference. Here, we present the essential how-to guide to folding a pocket square so you can stand out from the crowd.

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1 Fold it so it makes a rectangle as wide as - but taller than - your breast pocket. Keep this neat and flat.

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2 Fold the top over two-thirds of the way up, so that no edge is visible, just a clean fold. This is sleek Mad Men style.

 

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3 Consider whether anyone will call you a fop. If not, you’re ready to go. The key word is restraint.