Brooches and pins have major advantages over necklaces. First, they will not get into your soup when bending over to sit down. Furthermore, they are more versatile to wear, either alone or in multiple. Get inspired to dust off your pins and/or where to find great costume ones on the cheap. Read on to learn how to use brooches to up your style.
- Brooches Are a Big Trend this Season
- Costume or Real, Brooches Are a Must-have
- How to Use Brooches to Up Your Style
- How Can You Style the Multiple Pin Trend?
- Wear Your Brooch Instead of a Belt
- Use Your Brooches in an Unexpected Way
- Great Timeless Brooches to Use to Up Your Style
- Best Ways to Get the Trend on the Cheap
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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. These pins are great accessories 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. Brooches are your secret weapon to up your style, or alter your look in no time. Moreover, a brooch is also a great closure for a buttonless cardigan.
Costume or Real, Brooches Are a Must-have
In the upcoming 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 Bohemian, or glamorous, or Romantic, you have the chance to add great statement pieces to your collection this season.
How to Use Brooches to Up Your Style
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.
Of course, you can style the trend the safe Euro Chic style classic way: One piece at a time. It’s ageless style no matter what. Wear them together around the halfway 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 breasts or pear shape body.
How Can You Style the Multiple Pin Trend
However, this upcoming season calls for more than one. When you are lucky to have a collection, use them in multiple. 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? You get the idea.
Different types/motifs require to group them by era. For instance, just modernist, Victorian Era, contemporary, ethnic, etc. You get the idea. When you use several antique brooches make sure that your outfit looks modern.
The eclectic style woman may like to combine brooches of different eras. However, key is to tie the set of brooches together. This can be done by theme, color, gemstone type, form, or cut.
Wear Your Brooch Instead of a Belt
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.
Use Your Brooches in an Unexpected Way
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. More on accessorizing with scarves.
On your skirt.
On a knotted scarf.
On the tail of an evening gown
Tip: Brooches are also great to try for accessorizing a busy print dress.
Great Timeless Brooches to Use to Up Your Style
Here are some brooches that I love and that have ageless style, i.e. they have a timeless look.
How Do You Get the Trend on the Cheap?
When you are on a budget, look at the pieces you already own. Wear the ones again that don’t look dated. Update dated ones or have them updated.
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.
Thrift and consignment stores, garage sales 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. Another great source to 5 star shopping is eBay.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Photos if not stated otherwise: N. Mölders
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