How to Fold a Handkerchief in a Suit

by Contributor

A neatly folded handkerchief, or pocket square, is a nice way to finish off the look of a suit or sport coat. The only rule of thumb about the color is it should match one of the colors of the tie. There are several ways to fold a handkerchief for the suit pocket, with the three most common being the straight fold, the puff fold and the one corner fold.

The Straight Fold

Step 1

Lay the cloth flat on a table.

Step 2

Bring the left side to the right side, then bring the bottom toward the top but not all the way.

Step 3

Fold the handkerchief in thirds horizontally until it is small enough to fit in the pocket. A small rectangle should peek out of the pocket.

The Puff Fold

Step 1

Lay the handkerchief flat.

Step 2

Pinch the middle with one hand and use the other hand to gather up the bottom.

Step 3

Place the handkerchief in your pocket. Adjust it so just a "puff" of the handkerchief shows.

The One Corner Fold

Step 1

Lay the handkerchief down so it is in a diamond shape.

Step 2

Bring the bottom point to the top to create a triangle.

Step 3

Bring the right corner to the left corner. Bring the left corner to the right corner. It should look like a rectangle with a pointed top.

Step 4

Place the handkerchief in your suit pocket. Adjust it so it shows just the amount of fabric you want.

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