Affiliate Disclaimer NewPocket squares
Alright guys, I’m gonna be honest, I never thought I’d be a pocket square kinda guy. They always seemed to fancy and fussy. One day, just for shits and giggles, I thought I’d try one out for a wedding I was going to. Wouldn’t you know, I totally dug it. In fact, I favored it over my tie, so I went tieless and open collar.

All this to say, I get why guys are a little intimidated by these small, 20″sq. pieces of fabric — but don’t be! There are folds you can do that are almost easier than tying the perfect tie. Here, I’ll show you five folds (plus a bonus alternate one) that you can use for any occasion. I’ll start with step-by-step instructions, then consecutive visual aids, for you visual learners like myself. We’ll start with a simple one:

Pesko Fold

1. and 2. Fold the square in a third, then fold the other third over it. Note that no matter where the tag is when you begin, it will always be inside the pocket, so don’t worry too much about that.

3. Fold the length in half.

4. A neat and tidy bit of color.

Pesko 1
Pesko 2
Pesko 3
Pesko 4
Pesko 5

One Corner Fold

1. and 2. Lay the square as a diamond and fold the bottom point to the top.

3. and 4. Fold each side point about a third of the way in to create a small envelope.

5. A lovely little peak. This fold is best accessorize with a chagrin stare into the distance.

One corner 1
One corner 2
One corner 3
One corner 4
One corner 5
One corner 6

Puff Fold

This is a fun one. Did you see the video on our Instagram?

1. through 3. Make a little pocket square ghost with your forefinger. Grab at the base of your finger, then pull through just a little until you have a puff, roughly 4″ high.

4. With a little fluffing, you’ve got a perfect little puff.

Puff 1
Puff 2
Puff 3
Puff 4
Puff 5


5. You can create a Crown Fold by simply turning the peaks up instead of the puffy part.

6. Voila!
Puff 6
Puff 7

Cagney Fold

1. This is definitely one of the harder ones. It always takes me a couple tries before I get it just right, especially with satin. So, start by folding the diamond in half, but making the two top points just slightly askew.

2. and 3. Now, bring to two side points in and up toward the top so you have four small peaks.

4. Fold the sides in half again to create a narrow, almost paper airplane like shape.

5. Spread it a little so it fills your pocket just right. That’s an impressive looking pocket square!

Cagney 1
Cagney 2
Cagney 3
Cagney 4
Cagney 5
Cagney 6

Damn, I needed a drink after that one. {Eds. Note: This was Christen’s mimosa, but she thought it matched the square, so you know … sacrifice}

Scallop Fold

1. through 3. I love this one for formal occasions. Fold your square into a triangle, then fold that triangle into an even smaller triangle.

4. and 5. Fold each side point so they reach the middle of the opposite side.

6. It almost looks like a satin rose! Very romantic.
Flower 1
Flower 2
Flower 3
Flower 4
Flower 5
Flower 6

There you have it! Pretty sharp, right? Thanks to Dessy for keeping me looking right — these satin squares from their Pantone collection were so easy to fuss with.

So what do you think, are you into the pocket square look? Any folds you like best?

  • 10/8

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    Wedding stuff is all kinds of pretty — and mighty special — but today’s request from reader Yuki is a prime example of how easy it is for the wedding expenses to add up. Yuki fell in love with a $350 headpiece: 

    Hello! I was hoping you might run a Can’t Afford It? / Get Over It! column on the Bluebell headpiece from BHLDN! It’s so gorgeous, but $350 for a headband is steep! Do you have any ideas? Thank you!!! Yuki

    Hey Yuki! I hear ya! The Bluebell Halo headpiece is an art nouveau-inspired floral and leaf design (spot on for 2016’s botanical wedding trend, as seen here and here) dotted with crystals and pearls. And hey, the Bluebell was designed by a fellow Ohioan, artist Debra Moreland! (O-H…!)

    So pretty! And no doubt a gorgeous and lighter-weight alternative to the more ostentatious tiara while still the perfect accessory for almost any hairstyle. I’ve rounded up a few similar options for under $100 (with a bonus option at the end) — and I won’t judge if you want to wear one of these on non-wedding days, too! 😉 

    Can't Afford It

    BHLDN Bluebell Halo

    Bluebell Halo by Debra Moreland, $350 at BHLDNGet Over It

    BBB Pearl Vine Wedding Headband

    Pearl Vine Wedding Headband, $40 at Bed Bath and Beyond

    Crystal and Ivory Pearl Bridal Headband by MonaAccessory

    Crystal and Ivory Pearl Bridal Headband, $44 by Etsy seller MonaAccessory

    Dessy Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband

    Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband, $21 at Dessy

    (In gold or silver tone.)

    Nature Inspired Hair Vine by ALBridalAccessories

    Nature Inspired Hair Vine, $75 by Etsy seller ALBridalAccessories

    (In gold or silver tone.)

    David's Bridal Silver Leaf Headband

    Silver Leaf Headband with Crystal Accents, $39 at David’s Bridal

    Rhinestone Crystal Pearl Bridal Headband by AllureWeddingJewelry

    Rhinestone Crystal Pearl Bridal Headband, $27 by AllureWeddingJewelry

    Pearl Bridal Headband by petals181

    Pearl Bridal Headband, $50 by Etsy seller petals181

    BBB Tia Floral Bridal Headband

    Tia Floral Bridal Headband, $70 at Bed Bath and Beyond

    Ivory Porcelain Pearl Flower Bridal Headband

    Ivory Porcelain Pearl Flower Bridal Headband, $45 at All Bridal Jewelry

    Elvina Freshwater Pearl and Rhinestone Bridal Headband by GlamorousBijoux

    Elvina Freshwater Pearl and Rhinestone Bridal Headband, $92 by Etsy seller GlamorousBijoux

    I’ve got a bonus option for ya, too, Yuki:

    If you’re feeling crafty, grab a hot glue gun, a store-bought headband or a length of thick satin ribbon, and some crystal or pearl accessories from your local craft store or Etsy. Arrange the embellishments on the headband, starting from the center point of your design and moving outward. Place a drop of glue on the headband where you want to place the bling, then hold it in place (carefully, so as not to burn your fingers on the hot glue!) a few seconds or until the glue cools a bit. Depending on your selected raw materials, you could easily make a headband like this for under $10-$15 (not including hot glue gun and glue — though small glue guns can run as  low as $5 or less). If you prefer visuals, here’s a good tutorial.

    Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: When hunting for bridal accessories be sure to check out accessory stores in malls and online — especially around prom season, when crystal, pearl, and super-shiny accessories are in abundance! Craft stores are also great sources for affordable pre-made wedding accessories or easily assembled kits. 

    What do you think, Yuki? Has the Bluebell Halo met her match in any of these bridal headpieces? I’d love to hear what you choose in the comments below! Thanks again for submitting your question! 

    Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

    *As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
  • 10/8

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  • 10/6

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  • 10/2

    BHDLN Sage Dress

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