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Folding a pocket square – A how-to

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Combine tie and pocket square

If you don't want to go without a tie, you can easily combine it with a pocket square. There are some manufacturers that offer a set of tie and pocket square. However, if you don't have such a set, there are numerous combinations you can make. If you want to be on the safe side, choose a simple white pocket square.

For a patterned tie, choose a dress handkerchief that picks up on the basic tone of the tie. You can also let the colour of a pattern guide you, for example, the colour of the stripes. A sharp combination. If you're brave and don't shy away from colours or patterns, combine patterns and patterns. The colour temperature is important here.

The most important folding techniques

There are four basic folding techniques that every man should know. These include, for example, American, double tip and stair fold.

American or Square

The folding technique American, also called square, is the simplest that is especially suitable for formal occasions and gives your outfit a subtle touch. By the way, even James Bond wears his pocket square like this. This is how you fold your pocket square the American way:

1. Fold the pocket square in half twice to make a square. Then fold it diagonally to make a triangle.

2. Place the two long opposing tips on top of each other.

3. To show only the straight edge, insert the pocket square pointed end first into your breast pocket.

Pocket square with one tip

The folding technique with one tip looks more elegant, so you should count on it for special occasions.

1. Fold the pocket square to a square, then lay it diagonally and fold the bottom corner up to the top corner.

2. Fold in the left corner of the resulting triangle.

3. Repeat this process with the right corner. 4. Insert the pocket square into the breast pocket this time so that the tip peeks out.

Pocket square with two tips (double tip)

The pocket square holds up better due to the double tip. For less formal occasions, wear the two-pointed square.

1. Fold the pocket square to a square and lay it diagonally.

2. As with the folding technique for one point, fold the bottom corner up to the top, but be sure to fold it to the side. This creates an additional point.

3. Fold the left corner of the crooked triangle to the right and the right side to the left.

Stair fold

The stair fold is also called the three-step fold. It is much more difficult than the folding techniques described above.

1. Fold the pocket square diagonally almost halfway and turn it over.

2. Make an accordion fold, i.e. a staggered diagonal fold.

3. Repeat step two and then fold it in half.

4. Take the bottom corner and fold it upwards diagonally.

5. Fold the left side inwards and under the main part. Rotate once and place it upright in the breast pocket.

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