The best thing about menswear is that its simplicity belies great depth. Variations on a theme allow for every guy to look completely different while wearing almost exactly the same thing. Even on a much smaller scale with, say, pocket squares a traditional square fold has no less than four slight variations. Not to mention the pouf (which is not quite a fold), a peaked fold and a crown fold (which can be turned upside down for yet another variation).
Pocket squares are great because they serve no real purpose except to add a little flourish to a suit or blazer. The only hard-and-fast rule to know is that your pocket square should never match your tie but rather complement it. Look for colors that cross over, and don't hesitate to mix prints—stripes and plaids, dots and florals can all mingle together. While a square fold is the standard move because it's unfussy and descrete, try something a little more daring—especially outside the office.
Spring is all about little style moves that can make a big difference, and with wedding season upon us, now is the perfect time to brush up on your pocket square-folding technique and add some serious sartorial cred to your formal attire. The Internet is full of mediocre how-to videos on folding techniques, so we narrowed it down to just two that pretty much cover it all—clearly, concisely and of course, with style.
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