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The "Black Tie" Pocket Square Fold

Looking for a classic and elegant way to wear a pocket square? Then this flat fold will be perfect. It is the type of fold that was initially popular in the 1920s and 1930s and later on James Bond wore it with pin striped suit. It is the most elegant way to wear a pocket square and the style most commonly used for white pocket squares and black tie dress code. Best are slightly stiffer pocket squares that are made from either Thai silk, lightly starched linen, or pique cotton.

Instructions for the Flat Pocket Square Fold


  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface and straighten it with the palm of your hands.
  2. Fold one side over to create a rectangle. Fold the edge to create a strong fold that stays in shape.
  3. Fold one side up. How much you fold up depends on the depth of the jacket’s breast pocket.
  4. Carefully tug the pocket square into the jacket and give some final styling. The final look should almost appear like a sheet of paper is sticking out of your breast pocket. Ideally only ¼ to ½ of an inch is showing.

Tie-Knots.org is a site that teaches men how to tie a necktie. Besides tie knot instructions I also show men how to tie a bow tie, gives tips on matching ties, and also show all the popular ways on how to fold a pocket square.