10 Ways to Wear a Brooch


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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red blouse, bee pins, floral headband, statement earrings

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.

reindeer brooch, snowflake earrings, sparkly clutch, Francesca's, quilted skirt

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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denim jacket, curled hair, brooches, sparkly pins

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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V-Day, Valentine's Day outfit, red blouse

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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bold lipstick, clip-on earrings, heirloom jewelry, brooches

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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floral pins, brooches, trendy, denim jacket, floral shorts, spring outfit

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.

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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,


27 comments on “10 Ways to Wear a Brooch”

  1. You have such a great collection of pins and you really make the most of them! It’s great to see all the different ways you’ve worn them – I love the rose on your collar especially! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂 We enjoyed the public holiday yesterday 🙂

  2. Grace, I love that you chose brooches for us this month and I really love all of these creative ways that you have styled them. Those collar pins are adorable! I am a big fan of adding brooches to my hats, too. Your giant safety pin is one of my favorites! And I love your Valentine’s outfit with the brooches on a bright red shirt!


  3. Great inspiration! I inherited a lot of broochs from my greatgranny and never knew what to with them. Now, I have plenty of ideas.

  4. What a fun post, Grace. I am amazed to see that brooches are making a comeback and, most importantly, they are shedding their reputations as being reserved for women of a certain age. I think they look the coolest when styled unexpectedly. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. I hope you are having heaps of fun in Glasgow. Aiva xx

  5. Grace, you are speaking my language! I love brooches! I have a small collection from estate sales and bought a few over the years. I love how you demonstrated, the only way I havent worn one here is on a beret, i need to try that. And your haircut/color is darling on you!

    1. Thanks Carol! I love the brooches from my grandmas – they are so much more special than ones I just buy at the store.

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