1. Starburst Cross 2. Maple Rose 3. Enamel Flower 4. Modern Butterfly
Brooches are truly a lost art. I am sure you own at least one, allowing it to sit in your jewelry box to collect dust. Some people will argue that they are outdated, others will say they are not their favorite piece of jewelry. The real issue with these pieces is that we have no idea how to style a brooch.
Truthfully, brooches are beautiful. They are often very intricate and delicate. Brooches can be classic, modern, vintage and futuristic. They come in enamel, metal, gemstone and plastic. They are so versatile and interesting, compared to the oft-boring pendant, the hard-to-see-through-hair earrings, and the fussy bracelets.
C’mon, if you see someone looking chic with a brooch, you are pretty impressed. They know how to work this classic piece into their outfits. When done properly, the brooch can be styled in a chic, fashionable way.
There are about a million different ways to style a brooch, so here are a few ideas:
- Go with a classic styling – pin a brooch on the left or right bodice of a simple, classic dress. Avoid prints, but don’t be afraid of textured fabrics! Any pin will look great on a LBD, but – as Queen Maxima demonstrates – a bold, rhinestone brooch looks amazing on a red waffle print coatdress.
- Add it to a coat – If you bought a classic coat and want to make it more fun/stylish/interesting/festive, add a brooch. This is an easy way to add a pop of color to a black coat, break up a tweed pattern, and add interest to a bright red peacoat.
- Pin a scarf – sometimes, no matter how many knots, twists or turns we make, a scarf doesn’t sit the way we want it to. Adding a simple brooch will keep the style in place and add a little glamour
- Accessorize a blouse – Do you ever feel stuffy in a white button-down blouse? This is a great place to add a colorful, funky, or glamorous brooch. White button-down blouses are classic wardrobe staples, but adding a bit of fun jewelry (without competing with the collar!) is a challenge. Pair a bright skirt, especially a fun pattern, with a white button-down and coordinating pin.
- Stack ’em on! – If you have 2-3 small to medium silver/gold/pink tone/coordinating pins, don’t be afraid to wear more than one! Three coordinating silver brooches will add a glamorous punch to a classic dress for the holiday party. Simple, red enamel brooch cluster will pop on a black coat! Have fun with brooches, whether using one or four.