Brooches: let’s broach the topic of the must-have accessory for this fall. These sparkling embellishments are no longer dominated by grandmothers and school teachers, they’re now modish adornment that adds a personal touch to a variety of garments.
Dating back to the Bronze Age, brooches have been fixture of fashion for centuries. Although they originally functioned as ornamental clasps for clothing such as cloaks, now brooches are most often worn for purely decorative purposes. In the recent past, brooches were regarded as an antiquated or even dowdy item of jewelry, but their sudden appearance in the fall collections of high fashion houses has solidified their haute couture status. As they say, everything old is new again...
How to wear
Brooches are very versatile accessory. Here are some ideas for how to incorporate them into your wardrobe:
- Blazers and Coats: Pin one to your lapel for an old-school chic look
- Sweaters: Attach a brooch to your cardigan or your cable-knit
- Button-downs and Blouses: Put a brooch in the center of your collar. Also consider brooch collar tips (which connect to the points of your collar with chain and pin fastenings).
- Dresses: Low necklace? Pin a brooch to the plunge for a dramatic effect.
- Scarves: Use a brooch to fasten your scarf. Works for silk scarves, knit scarves, and pashminas.
- Handbags and clutches: Personalize your favorite purse with a brooch (or a cluster or brooches).
- Headbands and headscarves: A brooch adds glamour to simple hair accessories
- Hats: Use a brooch to trim a felt wide-brim, a beret, or a even a beanie.
- Hair: Substitute a brooch for a barrette. Attach to bun or ponytail for a refined hairstyle.
- Shoes: Have two identical brooches? Attach them to your shoes like antique shoe clips for instant sophistication. Mismatching brooches would make for a more eclectic look.
***Make your own necklace, bracelet, or headband by attaching a brooch to a piece or ribbon
Where to find
Before you go out and buy a brooch (or several!) I’d check to see if any of the women in your family from an earlier generation boast a brooch collection. Maybe you’ll find some gems they’re willing to part with and not spend a penny! But if this doesn’t work, don’t despair. They are many places where one can purchase one of these glittery garnishes.
I’d start with our local vintage shops, if you’re looking for actual brooches of yesteryear.
- Goodbuy Girls 1108 Woodland St. Nashville, TN 37206 615-281-9447
- Savant Vintage Couture 2302 12th Avenue S. Nashville, TN 37204 615-385-0856
- Old Made Good 1304 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37206 615-516-8505
- Pre to Post Modern 2110 8th Ave S. Nashville, TN 37204 615-292-1958
- Hip Zipper 1008 Forrest Ave Nashville, TN 37206 615-228-1942
- Local Honey 2009 Belmont Blvd Nashville, TN 37212 615-915-1354
If you’re looking to buy a new brooch, try these shops (online or in store).
- Givenchy ‘Femme’ Glass Pearl and Crystal Brooch, Nordstrom, $48.00 (many options available)
- Sundry Retro Brooch, Anthropologie, $38.00 (many other options available)
- Sparkle Bow Brooch, Banana Republic, $39.50
- Sterling Silver Marcasite and Blue Topaz Large Butterfly Brooch Pin, Target, $39.99
- Marvella Silver Pearl and Crystal Pin, Target, $5.24 (on sale from $14.99)
- Carousel-Made Woman Pin, Modcloth, $11.99
- Limited Edition Flower Scroll Brooch, asos.com, $20.70