unbelievably expensive. $90, $80, heck even a 6-pack of white cotton ones can set you back over half a Benjamin (that is if you prefer them packaged and rolled like Cuban cigars.)
So where does the madness end? Simple. It ends when you start using your head. Take a look above at my prized collection of pocket squares, modeled atop a gorgeous antique piano a blessed lady down our street gave us for free this weekend. Shapes, colors, patterns, hand-rolled edges....all staples of a beautifully hand-crafted pocket square sure to fetch anywhere from $40 to a Jimmy Roll of Jackson's in a department store (my apologies for the "gangsta currency slang" I seem to be dropping). But what might surprise you about my lovely blazer beauties here, is that not a single one of them cost me more than $2.
How? Fabric stores, my friend.
Now, I know what you're thinking, and you're right. Usually these stores are packed away in some remote part of an eroding strip mall and serve to merely house elderly quilting-addicts and home-schooled superfans of Little House on the Prairie. But if you look in the right places, (and it helps tremendously if you're married to a super-crafty sewer, like I am) you can find mountains of unique fabrics to make your pocket square dreams come true. Raid the "fabric remnants" pile or the 50 cent swatches basket--sure some of them may need to be trimmed down or hemmed around the edges, but you'll save so much money on your new-found blazer accoutrements you won't care. Simply stuff it in your jacket pocket and soak in the compliments.
Just make sure you pay for them first.
|Some of my pocket squares in action. And a photobombing by the good Dr. Mwenzi.|