There’s a common misconception that a brooch is an accessory worn by someone 70+: the Queen of England, Madeline Albright, you get the picture. However, we’re here to dispel that notion.
Especially since this season, the pretty pins are making their way back into the accessories market.
A brooch is another way to add some sparkle to an outfit and is traditionally worn on clothes such as jackets, shirts, dresses, sweaters or even hats. A brooch can always be a way to add flair and personality to almost any outfit. And even when you're not wearing it on your clothes, there are still plenty of ways you can make use of a pretty brooch in your collection!
You can be creative with a beautiful brooch without spending too much, as most brooches are affordable.
If you're not familiar with wearing a brooch, it can seem like a tricky accessory. You can always wear a brooch on your shoulder – that's the traditional way to wear a pin. But your shoulder certainly isn't the only option for a brooch.
How about your waist, or on a hat, or at your chin? There are lots of fun and creative ways to wear your favorite brooch. Keep on reading to discover some inspiring ideas.
#1 Shirts, blazers and jackets
If you wear a suit or a blazer to work, it can sometimes be hard to incorporate much of your personal style. By adding a brooch, you’ll stand out—in a good way!
A fresh way to put some punch into your go-to, tailored black blazer is to add a playful brooch to the lapel.
Pin the brooch on your lapel just above the widest part of your chest for a flattering accent.
Most women love to place a brooch on their blazers for the purpose of dressing up the outfit. It can also serve as a closure for your blazers!
#2 For fastening
An alternative to buttons or clasps: fasten a jacket, cardigan or artfully draped scarf with a sparkling brooch.
You can also secure the t-shirt and blouse at the back of the waistline to give it some shape. You can wear it with a long t-shirt and cinch it at the side near your natural waist.
Brooches pinned along the side of the waist have been a popular trend lately.
It is also very stylish to wear a brooch at the top of a blouse.
A brooch always works when worn, left or right, over the bust, but it can also be a surprising embellishment at the center of a buttoned-up collar.
Your neckline is the center of attention. A brooch can be surprisingly beautiful at the centre of a buttoned-up collared shirt and also at the “V” shape of the neckline.
Secure a high-collared blouse with a fussy brooch. This is always an option, but you might want to lose the bow tie.
If your brooch is big, make sure your fabric can hold the weight.
#4 On a necklace
Make your brooch into a necklace to make it more versatile.
If you want to wear your brooch but you don’t want to put holes in your clothes, try wearing it as a necklace instead. Attach it to a chain, a string of pearls, or even a piece of ribbon to create a one-of-a-kind necklace you can wear anywhere.
Create a choker with a brooch! To make your brooch into a choker, attach it to a narrow piece of ribbon or velvet that’s long enough to wrap around your throat.
You can also make a smaller brooch into a pendant by attaching it to a long chain.
The brooch goes very well on a hat too! When you turn your head, it will catch rays of light making it shine and sparkle.
You can add a brooch to almost any hat to give it a little extra style. Just push the pin through the hat material and fasten the hat securely.
Use a pretty jeweled brooch to dress up a cozy knit hat during the winter.
Add a whimsical brooch to the side of a bowler hat or a fedora for a look that’s smart and playful.
Dress up a boring bag!
If you’ve got a plain purse you love to carry from day to night, adding a brooch to the top corner is a great way to carry it out for a dressier occasion.
Add extra flair to a simple bag by pinning on a decorative brooch. Try pinning it where the strap is attached, to the center of the bag, or on the purse flap.
Dress up a plain bag or purse. Pin up a sparkly brooch at the top corner of a plain bag or purse to give it an instant upgrade. You can even cover a small stain on your favorite bag with a brooch!
Avoid using a brooch that’s highly valuable. If you brush your bag against something, you could accidentally knock the brooch off or damage the clasp.
You can wear a brooch in so many ways! Wear it on your denim jacket, perched up on your shoulder, or on a hat, at your bust, pinned onto a neck-scarf, on your wrap top nipped at your waist, or even on your purse or headband.