The three ways to fold a pocket square for a wedding

Published by Claire Gould on

Alongside the necktie, the classic pocket square has become a quintessential component in formal accessorising, especially at ceremonies and receptions, where guests often include it as part of their wedding suits to add a splash of colour and subtle sophistication.

But it’s true that many don’t understand the most common methods for folding a pocket square or handkerchief, often resulting in a ruffled mess poking out jacket pockets.

In this guide we will tell you about the three most popular methods for folding a pocket square, alongside a step-by-step guide, so you can easily utilise them for your next wedding appointment.

Presidential pocket square fold

This is perhaps the cleanest and simplest option, helping you complete an outfit that is crisp, elegant and smart.

The Presidential pocket square fold displays a flat horizontal line atop the breast pocket and is a preferred option for less flamboyant yet formal occasions.

Popularised by TV shows like Mad Men, this style suits the classic black tie suit, but can equally work with a herringbone suit.

How to fold:

  1. Starting with the pocket square flat, fold it across the central line so that it is the width of your pocket
  2. Fold up from the bottom to create a rectangle that is the same width of your pocket and around a centimetre longer
  3. Now tuck the bottom fold into your pocket until it touches the base and then adjust in order to create a clean line of cloth above the pocket.

Three stairs / points pocket square fold

The three stairs or point fold is a traditional style that has been a staple at weddings and other formal gatherings for generations.

The style is appropriate for most wedding occasions and would work particularly well with a classic wedding blue suit or with a traditional 3 piece tweed suit.

How to fold:

  1. Starting with the pocket square flat, fold it diagonally, slightly off-centre, so one corner overlaps the other.
  2. Fold the bottom left corner diagonally to create three points side by side, which should ideally be equal in size and spacing.
  3. Fold the bottom right corner inward to create a shape that is roughly the width of your pocket.
  4. Finally, tuck the bottom fold into your pocket, which should leave only the three points of the pocket square visible.

Rose pocket square fold

The rose pocket square fold is a beautiful addition to an outfit worn at the most formal and elaborate of occasions, and would be the perfect complement to a velvet suit.

Traditionally, the rose fold is crafted with red, white or pink silk pocket squares to authentically replicate the flower, and can often be spotted poking out of a dinner jacket.

How to fold:

  1. Starting with pocket square the flat, fold in all four corners so that the tips meet in the middle.
  2. Lift the pocket square by pinching all four corners, and the middle of the pocket square, at the bottom.
  3. Turn the pocket square round so that the corners are at the bottom.
  4. Carefully roll the pocket square and fold open the tips to reveal the petals of the rose.
  5. Finally, gently tuck the pocket square into your breast pocket.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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