Today I’m teaming up with the Magnificent 8 to showcase different ways to style brooches across all ages. Over the past few years, I have amassed quite the collection of beautiful pins, from vintage pieces that belonged to my grandmas to a sparkly martini brooch I was gifted for my 21st birthday. I just think pins are such a pretty way to accessorize your favorite dresses, jackets, and even hats, especially since I don’t have my ears pierced; brooches are a cute alternative to bring some sparkle around my face. So without further ado, here are 10 different ways I’ve styled pins in past blog posts!
1. On the Lapel of a Blazer
A recent “discovery” of mine is to wear brooches on a lapel, something that seems so obvious but that I hadn’t thought of before November of last year. This giant safety pin was the perfect way to add some sparkle to my preppy outfit.
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2. Stacked on Your Favorite Winter Dress
I can’t imagine wearing a brooch on a summer dress, but I love wearing them with my thicker winter dresses off to the side of the neckline. In this outfit, I decided to create a brooch “cluster” with a rose gold shoe pin and an initial pin.
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3. Paired with a Headband and Statement Earrings
I’m not usually a huge accessorizer, but every once and a while I like the dramatic look of layering on several different accessories—wearing a headband, statement (clip-on) earrings, and a brooch can be the perfect way to dress up an otherwise plain top. I love this bumble bee pin and always get so many compliments on it.
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4. On Your Collar
With longer-shaped or smaller brooches, you can pin one on your collar for a little extra pizzazz close to your face. This rose metal pin was perfect for the job, and it reminds me of a boutonniere a man might wear on his lapel to a formal dance or wedding.
5. A Collar Pin Anywhere But on the Collar
Have you seen this type of vintage collar pin before? There are two pins connected by a chain in the middle, and you traditionally put one pin on each side of a collared shirt like so (I can’t believe I don’t have any of my own pics to share). My particular pin is a reindeer on one side and a snowflake on the other, but my bumble bee brooch from idea #3 is also a collar pin. Here I am showcasing how to wear it just as a regular brooch on your favorite sweater or top. They look just as cute dangling on a sweater as they do on a collared shirt!
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6. On a Denim Jacket
Probably the most common way I wear my brooches is on the pocket flap of my denim jacket. I love to mix and match pins on either side of the button for a sparkly somethin’-somethin’. My initial pin and the bumble bee collar brooch are pictured here. I also love to add pins to the pockets of this utility jacket.
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7. Glam With Lipstick and a Statement Necklace
This was one of my Valentine’s Day outfits from a few years ago, and I went all-out with red lipstick, a sparkly headband, a statement necklace, and two pins stacked next to each other. Sometimes one brooch just isn’t enough!
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8. With Matching Earrings
This is one of my favorite brooches, as it belonged to my grandma and came with matching clip-on earrings. I love how old fashioned it looks, especially with my hairstyle and this pretty dress.
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9. Hair Clips as Brooches
Sometimes you can even get multi-use out of hair clips by clipping them onto different parts of your clothing, especially collars or the pockets of jackets. This pic is an example of how I repurposed old flower hair clips to match my floral shorts.
10. On a Felt Hat
This is the newest way I have been styling my brooches and possibly my favorite! I love the sparkle and extra style that this dangly pin adds to my new felt beret. I also put a pin “cluster” on my green felted hat, seen in one of my OOTDs from this weekly recap.
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And now, be sure to check out the other bloggers to see how they are styling their brooches for today’s collaboration!
Let me introduce the other seven ladies of The Magnificent 8.
Mica of Away from the Blue // Roxanne of Glass of Glam // Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge // Rena of Fine Whatever // Eugenia of Age of Grace // Lesley of Jodie’s Touch of Style // Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style
We are showing that you can’t put a number on style!
Which of these looks is your favorite? Do you ever wear pins? I feel like brooches have kind of gotten a bad rap for being an “old lady accessory”, but I think that’s BS—they’re beautiful and absolutely timeless!
Thanks for reading today’s post, and have a lovely day.
Miles of smiles,