Monthly Archives: September 2016

Day 40: Overcoat Fold

overcoat coat pocket square fold
The “Overcoat” fold is a fun fold that takes advantage of using 2 pocket squares on a single fold. I usually prefer to use one solid and one patterned pocket square. Here is how you create the overcoat fold.

Overcoat Fold Step-by-Step:

overcoatLay both squares down flat.

overcoat pocket squareFold the pocket square you want in the center into a triangle. The pocket square that creates the overcoat is fold into a rectangle.

overcoat pocket square foldFold both wings from the triangle down to crete a square. As for the rectangle, fold again to create a longer shaped rectangle.

how to overcoat pocket square foldLay the square on top of the rectangle.

styling your pocket square overcoat foldFold the rectangle over the shoulders of the square.

overcoat hankyFold back the overcoat to secure the center square.

overcoat hanky foldPlace into your breast pocket and your are done!

Day 39: Pistil Flower Fold

pistilflower

Pistil Flower Fold Step-by-Step:

pistilLay both pocket squares down flat.

pistil flowerFold the pocket square that creates the outer parts of the flower into a triangle. The center pocket square is folded into a rectangle.

pistil flower foldFold the rectangle again to create the square. Also fold the triangle again in half to create a smaller triangle.

pistil flower folding pocket squareRoll up the square so that the center is visible at the top.

pistil hanky foldWhen rolled up all the way take a rubber band.

pistil hanky fold how to…and put the rubber band tightly around the bottom part of the roll.

pistil hanky fold how to guidePlace the roll into the center of the triangle. About 1-2 inches should stick out.

pocket square folds pistil flowerFold back one of the corner.

pistil hanky fold how toNow also fold back the other corner.

hanky fold pistil flowerFold up the bottom tip. Fold up high enough so that the tip is visible.

floral pocket square foldAt last place the pocket square into your breast pocket.

Day 38: Rose Fold

rose pocket square fold
After a couple days in a row of featuring pocket square folds using more than one pocket square, I thought it would be time again for a simple fold using just one single hanky. The so-called “Rose” fold looks fantastic when created with solid white, red, or pink silk pocket squares. I prefer pocket squares that are medium in size of about 11-13 inches squares. Here is how you create this “Rose” fold:

Rose Fold Step-by-Step:

rose foldLay the pocket square down flat.

roseFold in all corners so that the tips meet at the center.

rose pocket squarePick up the pocket square by pinching all 4 corners as well as the center of the pocket square at the bottom.

rose pocket square foldBunch up the body of the pocket square by squeezing it with your other hand.

rose pocket square fold how toTurn the pocket square around so that tie corners are the the bottom.

hanky rose foldRoll the pocket square and fold open the petals of the rose.

how to create hanky rose foldAt last, tug the pocket square into your breast pocket.

Day 37: Bird of Paradise Fold

birdofparadise pocket square
A loud and glamorous pocket square fold is the so-called “Bird of Paradise”. It is an eccentric fold that looks fantastic with all silk pocket squares. It requires 2 pocket squares as well as the help of a rubber band. Here is how you create this fold:

Bird of Paradise Fold Step-by-Step:

bird of paradiseLay both pocket squares down flat.

bird of paradise pocket squareFold both pocket squares in half to create two rectangles.

bird of paradise pocket square foldFold both hankies in half again to crwate two equally sized squares.

bird of paradise pocket square fold how toNow place one pocket square over the other with the open corners all facing the same direction. The bottom pocket square should be visible at that corner.

bird of paradise hankyFold both squares in half to create a single triangle.

bird of paradise hanky foldCreate a pleat by first folding the top pocket square up, then just one layer of the other pocket square, before folding both back down.

bird of paradise hanky fold guideTurn the pocket square around and create the double pleat from the previous step on the other side of the pocket square.

flamboyant pocket square foldTurn the pocket square vertically and get a rubber band.

flamboyant pocket square fold how toTightly wrap the rubber band around the lower portion of the pocket squares.

flamboyant hanky fold how toNow fan open each of the pocket square leafs.

flamboyant hanky foldAt last, place the pocket square into your breast pocket and give it some final styling to your liking.

Day 36: Ice Cream Fold

Ice Cream Pocket Square Fold
A playful fold that is most fun when created with two bright and contrasting colored pocket squares. I usually wear this fold with red and white pocket squares during a 4th of July party along with my American Flag striped bow tie, blue blazer, and light blue shorts. Here is how you create this fun fold:

Ice Cream Fold Step-by-Step:

ice cream foldLay both pocket squraes flat.

ice cream fold pocket squareFold both pocket squares in half to create two triangles.

how to fold an ice cream pocket squareNow place one triangle over the other so that the corner of the top triangle ends near the center of the beneath triangle. The bottom pocket square should also be visible along the long side.

pocket square folds the ice creamWrap the top pocket square by folding the other pocket square in half. Fold so that the top of each square is showing.

soft serve ice cream foldNow fold over the other pocket square. Again, the top of the pocket square should be visible.

ice cream folds for pocket squareAnd one more time: Fold in the bottom pocket square.

pocket hanky ice cream foldAgain, fold in the other pocket square.

pocket handkerchief folds the ice creamNow fold the entire fold in half along the center.

mens pocket square ice cream fold how toFold back the left corner to give it a shape of a soft serve ice cream cone.

mens pocket square ice cream foldAt last, place the fold into your breast pocket. Give it some final styling to your liking.

Day 35: American Beauty

American Beauty pocket square fold
Similar to the Scallop Fold is the so-called “American Beauty” fold. While it may look somewhat similar to the Scallop fold, it is more rounded and resembles the look of a red rose. It is a fantastic formal fold for all solid pocket squares. I prefer this fold when wearing my dark suits in navy, charcoal, or black to a black-tie optional function. Because it requires multiple folds, it is best suited for larger pocket squares that are at least 13 inches squared in size. Here is how you create this fold:

American Beauty Fold Step-by-Step:

American BeautyLay the pocket square down flat.

American Beauty FoldFold in half to create a triangle.

American Beauty Fold Pocket SquareFold in half again to create a smaller triangle.

American Beauty Fold Pocket Square How toAnd fold in half for a third time to make the triangle even smaller.

Pocket Square Folds American BeautyNow fold down one of the wings.

Pocket Square Folds American Beauty How toFold down the opposite wing. The pocket square has a rectangular shape again.

American Beauty Hanky FoldAt last, place the pocket square into your breast pocket.

Day 34: The Rooster Fold

Rooster Pocket Square Fold
Another eccentric pocket square fold that requires the use of two hankies, is the so-called “Rooster”. Because there is already much going on here, I suggest you work with either two solid colored pocket squares, or just one that has a pattern while the other is a solid plain one. In the fold above I am using a white linen square with red bordering, as well as a solid red one. Here is how you create the fold:

The Rooster Pocket Square Fold Step-by-Step:

Rooster1Lay both pocket squares down flat.

Rooster Pocket SquarePlace the pocket square you want on the inner part on top of the other pocket square. Make sure that the lower pocket squares shows about 1/2 inch on two sides.

Rooster Pocket Square FoldNow start rolling both pocket squares from one corner until you reach the center line.

How to Rooster Pocket SquareNow turn the pocket square over.

How to Rooster Pocket Square FoldingNext, roll the loose end in the opposite direction as the other roll.

Rooster Hanky FoldAt last place the pocket square into your breast pocket and give it some final styling to your liking.

Day 33: The Fleur De Lis Fold

Pocket Square Fleur De Lis
The so-called Fleur de Lis fold is one of the latest folds I discovered. I enjoy wearing it the most with thin silk pockets squares in bright colors and bold patterns. I tend to wear this fold less often with a suit, and more often with casual sports coats. Here is how you create this fun fold:

Fleur De Lis Pocket Square Fold Step-by-Step:

Fleur de LisLay the pocket square down flat.

Fleur de Lis FoldFold in half to create a triangle.

Fleur de Lis Pocket Square FoldFold one tip up just above the base of the triangle.

Fleur de Lis Pocket Square Fold How toNext, turn the pocket square over and fold up the other tip so it lays exactly over the below lying tip.

How to Fold a Pocket Square with the Fleur de LisCreate a pleated fold from one side. Create 3 pleats.

Hanky Fleur de LisNow do the same on the opposite side.

Hanky Fleur de Lis FoldFold the pocket square in half along the center line.

Handkerchief Folds Fleur de LisTake a rubber band and tightly tie it around the base of the pocket square.

Handkerchief Folds Fleur de Lis How toNow spread apart the tips of the lily.

Fleur de Lis Folds for Pocket SquaresAt last, place the pocket square into your breast pocket.

Day 32: The Mount Fuji Fold

MT Fuji Pocket Square Fold
Since we featured the “3-Peaks Fold” yesterday, I thought I stick to the Mountain theme by featuring the Mt. Fuji fold¬†today. It looks similar to the One Tip Up Fold with the main difference of having a differently colored base at the bottom. It is another one of those folds that requires the use of two pocket squares. To get the most of this fold, I suggest two differently colored pocket squares. Usually I use a patterned pocket square for the tip, while I like to use a solid colored pocket square for the base. Here are the detailed instructions:

Mt. Fuji Pocket Square Fold Step-by-Step:

Mt FujiLay both pocket squares down flat.

Mt Fuji FoldFold the pocket square that creates the mountain into a triangle. The other pocket square gets folded in a narrow and long rectangle.

Mt Fuji Fold Pocket SquareFold down the wings of the triangle. The other pocket square gets another fold as well to create an even longer rectangle.

Mount Fuji Fold in the sides of the pocket square that creates the mountain.

Mount Fuji FoldPlace this pocket square on top of the long rectangle. Center it along the middle.

Mount Fuji Fold Pocket SquaresWrap the pocket square that creates the mountain with the other pocket square by folding in the sides.

Mount Fuji Pocket Square FoldsTurn the pocket square over so that all folds are hidden on the back side.

Mount Fuji Hanky FoldTug the pocket square into your breast pocket so that both pocket squares are visible.

Day 31: The 3 Peaks Fold

3 Peaks Fold
The three peaks fold is another one of those unique folds that requires the use of 2 pocket squares. To get the most out of this fold, I suggest using 2 differently colored pocket squares. I prefer either two solid colors, or one patterned pocket square paired with a solid colored pocket square in complementing hues. Here is how you create this fold.

3-Peaks Pocket Square Fold Step-by-Step:

Three PeaksStart out with 2 pocket squares. Lay the both down on a flat surface.

Three Peaks FoldFold the first pocket square exactly in half. The other pocket square gets folded in thirds.

Three Peaks Fold How ToHere I a showing the white pocket square getting folded into a third of the original width.

Three Peaks Fold for Pocket SquaresFold the long rectangle in half.

Pocket Square three peaksNow place the white pocket square on top of the blue one. Place it about a third from one end.

Pocket Square three peaks foldWrap the white pocket square by folding in the longer end of the blue pocket square.

Pocket Square three peaks fold how toNow fold in both ends to make the pocket square equal in width of your breast pocket.

3 peaks foldAt last, place the pocket square in your breast pocket.