When we start to pull out our favorite hats, scarves, and jackets in the fall, it’s time to dig into something else, too: brooches. Whether dainty or big and glittery, brooches aren’t just artifacts that grace the lapels of grandmothers’ blazers. This season, we’ve spotted statement brooches all over, from runways to spreads in our favorite glossies.
While a brooch gracing a collar at the base of your neck will never lose its classic appeal, it’s smart and fun to embrace this essential jewelry piece’s versatility. Anywhere you can pin it, you can wear it.
- Spruce up a basic knit toboggan.
- Make an even bigger statement in an asymmetrical gown with a brooch right at the top of your shoulder. Or pin a matching pair of rosettes at the base of each strap on a sleeveless dress.
- Glam up a plain gray sweatshirt, boyfriend sweater or denim jacket with a cluster of statement brooches. Grouping together multiple, complimentary brooches brings an edgy new flavor to contemporary or timeless brooches.
- Pin a brooch at the front of a sash belt, or to the side of a drop-waist dress.
- Add a brooch to the closure of a cardigan or the center of a collar on a sweater.
- For an unusual keepsake wedding bouquet, check out these brooch bouquet arrangements that swap live flowers for crystal or enameled brooches.
- Lend sparkle to a clutch or handbag with a simple or elaborate brooch.
- Keep a scarf in place with a brooch fixed at the knot.
- For grab-and-go fashion, pair a brooch with all of your favorite fall and winter coats and jackets, and keep them pinned on all season.
- Lend your Annie Hall-style menswear a feminine tough with a strategically placed, elegant brooch.
- Add a retro brooch to the lapel on a cardigan. Mix in a graphic tee for added flair.
Iconic animal brooches laden with crystals harken back to 1930s and ‘40s style icons like Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Looking for something especially distinctive? We also have vintage brooches galore.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously wore brooches as a “diplomatic accessory.” She told Smithsonian magazine in 2010, “I was the only woman on the Security Council, and I decided to get some more costume jewelry. On good days, I wore flowers and butterflies and balloons, and on bad days, all kinds of bugs and carnivorous animals. I saw it as an additional way of expressing what I was saying, a visual way to deliver a message.” Why not take a cue from one of the most powerful women in American history? Enjoy yourself when you rock your brooches your way, every day.
by Sara Bir