Brooches immediately change a good look to awesome

#advancedstyle trendy brooches

Brooches are a big trend this season

When I saw the trends on the runways for this upcoming season, I was very pleased to see that brooches again have a moment. Brooches are a great accessory that can turn a good classic look to ageless style. They can turn the vibe of a classic LBD from work to evening to casual. They are a secret weapon to up your style, alter your look in no time. If I could add only one trend to my wardrobe this season, I would invest in a brooch.

Costume or real, brooches are a must-have

In the up-coming season, bold, huge brooches are a must-have. It doesn’t matter when they are costume jewelry. You just don’t blurb about it. Indeed, the really great costume brooches with Swarovski crystals are often more pricey than a silver brooch with lab-created gems. When your style is glamorous, or Bohemian, or Romantic, you have the chance to add great statement pieces to your collection.

#jewelryover50 various brooches
From the upper left clockwise. DIY pin that looks great on a blazer lapel, DIY 3D piece inspired by a computer chip, two circle interlocked brooch, DIY leave made of a cut dyed agate, and purple amethyst pin, which is a gift from my husband

Brooches are a great trend for women in midlife

A great thing about this trend is that women in midlife typically have already a great collection of brooches. I really loved this one that I got as a toddler. However, I have no idea what happened to it.

##accessories toddler with costume Bambi
Me as a 3 year old toddler in a pink cardigan that my late mom had knitted for me. It is styled with a little Bambi with fake crystals. It looks so cute pinned above the fringe tussles

When you are on a budget, look at the pieces you already own. Wear the ones that don’t look dated again. Update dated ones or have them updated.

Make sure to style your old vintage brooches in a modern way. #timelessstyle Click To Tweet

How to get the trend on the cheap?

Be resource full. Do you remember when we made our brooches ourselves in High School and college? Making your own brooches is a nice recreational craft project. See the collage of photos above that shows a couple of my DIY brooches.

#fashionover50 woman in the multiple pins trend on a sheath dress with tall boots
Brooks Brothers turtleneck sweater, Calvin Klein sheath dress with three pins, GNW tight, Vince Camuto suede tall boots, and LeatherCoatsEtc beret.

Thrift and consignment stores as well as flea markets are great places to find awesome costume brooches. When you are into the real thing, check out estate or antique stores.

#advancedstyle woman in the multiple brooch trend with a sheath, turtleneck and boots
Front view of trendy office outfit with Brooks Brothers turtleneck green cashmere sweater, Calvin Klein sheath dress with three brooches, GNW tight, Vince Camuto suede tall boots, and LeatherCoatsEtc beret (all own)

How to style the trend

Of course, you can style the brooch trend the safe classic way one at a time. It’s ageless style no matter what. However, this upcoming season calls for more than one. When you have several animal brooches in a similar color or style, wear them together like Noah’s arch or in a zoo. Several flower inspired brooches? Wear them together around the half-way point/line between your shoulder and your breasts inside turning point on one side of your sheath/dress (see photo with striped dress, photos with burgundy sheath dress) or the collar of your blazer or coat. This styling works great for women with small breats or pear shape body.

#over50fashion woman looking stylish in a color blog dress styled with a pin at the cleavage eShakti color block fit-and-flare dress with own pin worn at the cleavage (all own)
#fashionover50 striped sheath with brooch Banana Republic asymmetric sheath dress with GNW luxe sweater, Steven pumps, DIY brooch, and tight c/o No Nonsense

When you are daring, wear them on your waist instead of a belt (see photos below and featured photo). This style works when you have an hour glass shape or wear a fitted dress that pretends/gives you a waist. This style doesn’t work for apple and pear-shaped bodies.

#fashionover50 sheath dress for work using a pin instead of a belt Sheath dress c/o Lookbook Store accessorized with own pin worn instead of a belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, charm necklace, silk scarf and worn with Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps
#fashionover50 work outfit with brooches instead of a belt Work outfit with Carhartt gingham shirt under eShakti jumper accessorized with Hermes collier de chien bangle, charm bracelet, brooch worn instead of a belt, Liz Claiborne open toe pumps (all own), and wooden watch c/o Jord

Ageless looks to wear the trend are on a beret, or hat. On vacation, a cheap, fake piece pinned on your fabric Beach tote ups the style. Do you still have the straw beach bag with the pom poms from last summer? Why not exchange the pom poms with pins to update the bag? Knot a scarf and add brooches onto the knot like in the example below.

#trendsover50 woman wearing the pinned on accessory look and a shearling coat
Cole Haan shearling motorcycle coat, Brooks Brothers turtleneck cashmere sweater, Calvin Klein Dress, three brooches, LeatherCoatsEtc beret, GNW tight, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, 3.1 Philip Lim tote, and Vince Camuto tall boots

Brooches I am currently craving

Here are some brooches that I love and that have ageless style, i.e. they have a timeless look.

#timeless StyleWe designer leopard zirkonia brooch This $64 white designer cubic zirkonia Alloy leopard brooch from StyleWe is a timeless piece that works for classic, Bohemian, glamorous and Romantic style. I would wear it with a LBD for the evening or festive occasions and any solid color work dress.
#accessories StyleWe timeless designer piece StyleWe titanium silver color cubic zirkonia leave in a circle. This $51 designer piece is also an eternal classic that looks timeless.

Will you jump the bandwagon on the brooches trends? Which of the upcoming season’s trends are you excited about? Which trend of the upcoming season are you struggling with? Let me know, so I can help you (and others) solve the problem.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

Photos if not stated otherwise: N. Mölders

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