Brooches figured nowhere in most women's jewellery boxes until Michelle Obama made them modern for them. I am myself a great fan of vintage brooches and Mawi's.
There is a brooch (or group of brooches) for everybody:
Choose your style
- Figural: animals (either real or mythological: dragons, griffins...) insects, flowers.
- Abstract: perhaps inspired in specific moments in Art history: Art Deco, Egyptian revival, Art Nouveau...
- Costume jewellery, modern or vintage. There are the classics of the past: Kramer, Vendôme, Trifari, Lisner, Kenneth Jay Lane, Butler and Wilson, Schreiner, Coro, Stanley Hagler, Miriam Haskell... And the classics of the future: Alexis Bittar, Mawi, Cilea, Erickson Beamon, Anton Heunis, ... plus the design houses of the past and present.
Styling tips for brooches:What to wear:
- An oversized brooch that may take center stage of your outfit if it is in a contrasting colour, or just add texture, if it's not (the brooch can relate to any of the colours in the garment, if it's a print).
- A group of small brooches, in an odd number. One can be bigger that the others.
- A potpourri of badges or pins with a common topic: political affiliation, patriotic, thematic (women's suffrage, cats...). To see and example of someone using brooches to send messages, you can read Madeleine Albright's pins.
- On the lapel of your coat or cardigan (careful with creating holes there!).
- Your neckline, at a corner or angle, if your neckline has them (the peak of a V-neck, or the corners of a square neckline).
- Pinned on your necklace.
- On your scarf.
- On your hat or beret.
- On your waist, over a sash or ribbon, or at a strategic corner where draping or other details gather.
You can follow the label Brooches to get more styling tips, learn about places to find great brooches and more.