If you wanna talk about an accessory that most of us love yet have NO IDEA how to wear, let’s talk about brooches. They’re cute, they’re funky, and they’re supposed to perk up any old outfit. But somehow, they seldom make it into the mix. Why is that?
Well, I think it’s the Grandma Factor. I can’t say the word “brooch” without hearing Ad Rock stating proudly, “I bought my grandma a BRAND NEW BROOCH!” And while a dash of old lady chic is fun, many of us worry that brooching it up could send us over the edge into Weirdosville. So how do we style brooches to look fresh and fun instead of stale and stodgy?
Well, I’ll admit it: I only have two ways of wearing brooches that I feel truly suit my style. But I’ve called on some advanced broochers for examples of slightly more daring ways to sport this beloved accessory.
I love the look of a cardigan tacked down by a sparkly little pin. And since my retro-influenced outfits always have an element of modernity to them, I feel safely chic and fear not the Grandma Factor.
And this concludes the sad little tour of my brooch stylings. So let’s take a peek at someone who can wear brooches in many and varied ways: S. of academichic is the MISTRESS of brooch deployment, if you ask me, and is able to create a far more varied array of looks with her collection of pins.
A necklace would’ve fought with that funky popped collar, and a bracelet would’ve drawn the eye down. But adding a little brooch to this stark black sweater is a great way to add interest to an otherwise plain top half.
And S.’s academichic cohorts, A. and E., have some great brooch-adorned ensembles, too.
E.’s menswear-influenced pieces work fantastically together, but the brooch is the perfect finishing touch. That, and her adorable orange pumps, keep this ensemble from veering too far into tomboy territory.
Are you a brooch lover? Brooch hater? Still unsure if you can pull off brooch-based looks? If you wear ’em, what’s your favorite way? Do you prefer soft, fabric pins or traditional metal brooches? Any other brooch styling resources to recommend?
Top image courtesy meganauman.